SDG 15: Life on Land

SDG number 15

What is the purpose of SDG 15?

SDG 15 is about protecting, restoring and promoting the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems. One of sustainability’s goals is to combat also desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and stop the biodiversity loss. These goals are vital for humans and existent species. Therefore, SDG 15 is aiming to highlight that it is not enough for businesses just to focus on the environmental impact from their operations. The scale is much bigger.

Reasons for working with SDG 15:

As climate change worsens, droughts become more and more common. Consequently, desertification spreads. In combination with deforestation and soil depletion, the area of arable land is shrinking. As a result of that, soils become less fertile which leads to food scarcity.

This development is taking a toll on other species on our planet. Currently, data suggests that 8% of all known life forms are extincted. 22% of the species risk extinction, with general biodiversity in heavy decline.

How is 2030 Builders addressing SDG 15?

SDG 15 aims to reduce the negative impact on the land. Here are some examples about how it can be done. For instance, take action to reduce the toll on natural inhabitants, halt the loss of biodiversity through numerous protection and restoration initiatives, prevent further extinction of threatened species.

By introducing policies which regulate the impact of invasive species in ecosystems, it will limit harmful effects caused by those species.

Protecting natural areas from illegal logging and poaching can be done by implementing sustainable forest management. This is a key for preserving healthy ecosystems.

SDG 15

Consumer Goods Forum – Zero deforestation: The consumer good forum, has resolved to help achieve zero net deforestation in supply chains for all 400 member companies by 2020. Many members are now coordinating their work to bring more sustainable sources of key commodities such as palm oil, soy and beef into their supply chains.

(Source: SDG industry matrix – Food, Beverage and Consumer Goods)

Malawi Mangoes – Sustainable farming: Malawi Mangoes involved the Rain Forest Alliance from conception through to launch of its farms. Farms are planned and managed according to rigorous environmental, social and economic criteria designed to conserve wildlife, safeguard soils and waterways, protect workers, their families and local communities, and increase livelihoods in order to achieve genuine long-term sustainability. With the exception of its pilot farm and nursery, all of Malawi Mangoes’ farms are under a usage agreement that allocates Malawi Mangoes the use of the land for a defined amount of time and for a predetermined purpose. Malawi Mangoes’ role is to develop the land ownership remaining with the people of Malawi.

(Source: SDG industry matrix – Food, Beverage and Consumer Goods)

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