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Posted on Jan 22, 2021 by Relaxbottles Admin
All life form depends on the earth for their sustenance and livelihoods, yet, did you know that plant life provides roughly 80% of the our daily diet, and we rely on agriculture as an important economic resources?
Did you know that forests only cover about 30% of the Earth’s surface which provide vital habitats for millions of species. Other than this, it is the most important sources for clean air and water, as well as being crucial for combating climate change?
Each year, 13 million hectares of forests are lost, while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares, disproportionately affecting poor communities. Although 15% of land is protected, yet biodiversity is still at risk. Nearly 7,000 species of animals and plants have been illegally traded. Wildlife trafficking not only erodes biodiversity, but creates insecurity, fuels conflict, and feeds corruption.
Urgent action need to be taken to reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity which is part of our important common heritage and support global food and water security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and peace and security.
Hence, United Nations decided to established this as one of the Goals in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. It will be name as Sustainable Development Goal 15(SDG 15) - Life on Land. The official wording for it is "Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss". For this goal, it has ten targets to be achieved by 2030.
The 12 Goals:
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