• GOAL 15: LIFE ON LAND

    30 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in forests ensuring biodiversity, providing vast ecosystems, oxygen, shelter, food security, and homes to indigenous communities. Yet, every year thirteen million hectares of forest are lost, adding to the 3.6 billion hectares lost to desertification.

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LIFE ON LAND

Our Shared Land

PROTECT EARTH'S LIFE


“Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty. Efforts are being made to manage forests and combat desertification.”

– United Nations

The following facts can be found on the official website of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

It's time to face them.

These Are The Facts


1.6 Billion People


Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood. This includes some 70 million indigenous people.

1.5 Billion People


As of 2008, land degradation affected 1.5 billion people globally.

22% Risk Extinction


Of the 8,300 animal breeds known, 8 percent are extinct and 22 percent are at risk of extinction.

Plant Medicines


As many as 80 percent of people living in rural areas in developing countries rely on traditional plant-­based medicines for basic healthcare.

THE SOLUTION?

LET'S PROTECT LIFE ON LAND.

By 2020

This Sustainable Development Goal strives to ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements. By the same year, it strives to promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally. By 2030, it endeavors to combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought, and floods, and strive to achieve a land-degradation-neutral world.

Stop Wishing. Start Doing.

Here's How To Help


BE A RIPPLE

JOIN THE MOVEMENT.

There are many ways to get involved in protecting life on land. By committing to do your part, you take the first step in making a world of difference.

We're in this together.

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS


UNEP
Convention on Biological Diversity
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
UN Redd
UNCCD
International Maritime Organization

Photography Credits by Order on Page:

UN Forum on Forests Photo Competition Winner: “Pahmung Krui Damar Forest” – UN Photo by Eva Fendiaspara

Draught in Africa – UN Photo by E. Darroch

A Global Priority: Harmonizing the Needs of Nature and Humanity – UN Photo by Milton Grant