Last week, the 193 member states of the United Nations met to discuss 17 goals for sustainable development, to be met by 2030.
The goals are intended to provide a pathway to a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future for all countries. They come ahead of negotiations for a new climate agreement to replace the Kyoto protocol, which will happen at COP 21 in Paris in December this year.
Only one of the goals explicitly mentions forests. But forests, and the people who live in them, play a vital role in achieving the outcomes of all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Goal 15 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.”
It’s an ambitious goal, and there are lots of targets along the way. For example, by 2020 countries should be promoting the implementation of sustainable forest management, halting deforestation and restoring degraded forests.
It sounds like a lot to do in five years.
But Cool Earth’s partner communities are ahead of the game. While the headline achievement in our projects is keeping rainforest standing, they do a lot more besides.
Cool Earth’s model could not only help UN countries achieve Goal 15. By working alongside indigenous villages and strengthening communities, our approach helps each one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that countries are working towards for 2030.