SDG 15:

Life on Land

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PROTECT, RESTORE AND PROMOTE THE SUSTAINABLE USE OF TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS, MANAGE FORESTS SUSTAINABLY, COMBAT DESERTIFICATION, HALT AND REVERSE LAND DEGRADATION AND HALT BIODIVERSITY LOSS

Deforestation and desertification caused by human activities and climate change pose major challenges for sustainable development and are affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.

About one-fifth of the Earth’s land surface is gradually being rendered unusable for food production. In addition, more and more species are becoming endangered, in part due to the illicit poaching and trafficking of wildlife. SDG 15 therefore aims to ensure that all terrestrial and inland aquatic ecosystems and services are conserved, restored and used in a sustainable way that is in line with international agreements. Moreover, urgent action is required to stop biodiversity loss and the poaching and trafficking of protected species.

WUR studies the impact of humans on our planet and the management of its resources for humankind

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) conducts research on the management of planetary resources from the perspective of the earth and its resources for humankind. It focuses on two aspects of life on land: the damage caused by human actions on the earth’s ecosystems (in terms of both loss of utility for humans and loss of biodiversity, which has an inherent value in itself), and ways to maintain the resilience of the earth through smarter choices in land and water management.

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