Goal 15: Life on Land

Ending Deforestation and Dryland Degradation

We lose 12 to 13 million hectares (46,332 sq. miles to 50,193 sq. miles) of forests each year. The degradation and desertification of dryland numbers is in the billions of hectares. Most of this is caused by human activity or climate change and poses significant challenges for biodiversity and ecosystems as well as for sustainable development. Givv offers a new fundraising platform to directly support to forest management efforts, organisations fighting land degradation, and also the unmitigated loss biodiversity.

What’s the Goal?

UN’s goal #15 aims to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Why Does it Matter?

Forests cover almost a third of the Earth’s surface. The UN has included forest protection, as well as halting land degradation and promoting biodiversity protection on its list of SDGs to achieve by 2030.

Why Do Forests, Drylands, and Ecosystems Matter?

Forests help recycle and clean the air we breathe, they provide food, and they protect sources of freshwater. 75% of the world poor would be directly affected should anything happen to our forests and drylands. Forests are also home to 80% of all terrestrial species of animals, plants, and insects, so woodland and dryland protection is imperative for our survival.

Can We Achieve This Goal?

Yes. We will need to slow the rate at which we clear forest land and dryland habitats. Large-scale investments and international agreements will need to be made to achieve sustainable forest management and to halt the loss of biodiversity on the global level.

How Can I Help?

You can help by recycling, which will cut back on deforestation and land degradation. You can also help by eating a locally-based diet consisting of foods that are sustainably sourced and by only consuming what you need. Limiting energy usage during idle times is yet another way you can help.

Goal 15 Facts & Figures

1.6 billion

The number of people globally who rely on forests for their livelihood

12 million hectares (46, 332 sq. miles)

The amount of arable land lost to drought and desertification each year. This irretrievable land could have grown 20 million tons of grain


The number of people living in rural areas in developing countries who rely on traditional, plant-based medicine for basic health care

Goal 15 Targets

  • By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains, and drylands.
  • By 2030, combat desertification and restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought, and floods.
  • By 2020, take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity, and protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species.
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