The world’s forests cover 30% of the Earth’s surface, and help us fight climate change, yet thirteen million hectares of forest are lost annually. Dry-lands are also experiencing degradation, which lead to the extreme desertification of 3.6 billion hectares.
These occurrences counteract the sustainable development and proactive forest and desertification management necessary in order to conserve and restore these ecosystems.
Unfortunately, land degradation mainly affects poverty-stricken and poor societies (74% of poor communities), which adds to their burdens. Humans are not the only ones affected: 80% of terrestrial fauna and flora are found in forests, and with deforestation, they are left without their natural habitat.
If SDG 15 is carried out, the world’s forests, mountains, dry-lands, and wetlands will be conserved and restored by 2020. This will bring about sustainable development and halt deforestation to protect natural habitats and threatened species.
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Learn how this goal is working to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt biodiversity loss.