SDG 15 Life on Land – The Central Role of Forests in Sustainable Development

Jefrey Sayer, Douglas Sheil, Glenn Galloway, Rebecca A. Riggs, Gavyn Mewett, Kenneth G. MacDicken, B.J.M. Arts, A.K. Boedhihartono, James Langston, David P. Edwards

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forest and People
EditorsP. Katila, C.J. Pierce Colfer, W. de Jong, G. Galloway, P. Pacheco, G. Winkel
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Print)9781108765015
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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