SDG 15 requires the maintenance of life on land and endorses priorities already established through international conventions and agreements. The scale, and complexity, of tropical forest loss and biodiversity decline versus the limited resources for conservation and forestry pose many challenges. The main innovation of SDG 15 is that decision makers will see this goal as one to integrate with other SDGs; the risk is that short-term priorities and a ‘business as usual’ approach will undermine this. We examine these opportunities and challenges, the factors that impinge upon them and how they may play out over the next decade. There will be trade-offs between SDG 15 and other SDGs resulting from competition for land, but there are also synergies and opportunities that require recognition. We encourage conservation and development professionals to engage with those responsible for all the Agenda 2030 targets to ensure that SDG 15 is a priority in all SDG related processes.
|Title of host publication||Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forest and People|
|Editors||P. Katila, C.J. Pierce Colfer, W. de Jong, G. Galloway, P. Pacheco, G. Winkel|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|ISBN (Print)||9781108765015 |
|Publication status||Published - 2019|