Review of SDGs implementation: SDG 15 – Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Friday, 13 July 2018
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
SDG 15 specifically calls on the international community to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems,sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”. Although SDG 15 can be narrowly perceived as primarily environmental, it is in fact a critical measure of overall progress against the 2030 Agenda, as well as a key enabler of many other goals and targets. It is central to providing environmental support services critical to ensuring, amongst others,safe and sustainable water supplies and mitigating climate change. Importantly, it is also central to the lives and well-being of many indigenous communities, pastoralists and others traditionally viewed as excluded, marginalized or at risk of being left behind.
An examination of progress towards individual SDG 15 targets should be data driven and focused. It
should also take into account obstacles, challenges, enablers and interlinkages through various crosscutting
lenses deriving from social and economic dimensionssuch assustainable livelihoods, migration,
land tenure, empowerment of rural women and smallholder producers, urban-rural linkages, climate
change, valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the rights and knowledge of indigenous
peoples, insecurity and governance, as well as the 2030 Agenda principles of inclusion,
interdependence and leaving no one behind.
Governments and other actors seeking to implement the SDG 15 targets, especially those with 2020
deadlines, will need accelerators—including in the realms of public and private finance, capacity,
science and technology— in order to be successful.
Proposed guiding questions:
- How can we change the narrative of how we approach SDG15 to capture a more holistic
accounting of the value of nature and its ecosystems, and what role can governments play?
- How can we improve the indicator set used to track progress towards SDG 15, given that
several are Tier III and others Tier II?
- What are the evidence-based conservation solutions – including recent scientific and
technological advances as well as effective community management and partnerships – that
deliver genuine impact and can be scaled up or replicated for success?
- Which are the most critical interlinkages with other goals and targets in terms of co-benefits
or trade-offs? How can they be leveraged towards progress?
- Who are the furthest behind and who is at risk of being left behind for this SDG?
- H.E. Mr. Jerry Matthews Matjila, Vice-President of ECOSOC
- Ms. Heather Page, Sustainable Development Goal Monitoring Section, Statistics Division of
- Mr. Simon Levin, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Center for BioComplexity at Princeton University
- Mr. Rene Castro, Assistant Director General of Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water
- Ms. Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and
Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
- Ms. Cécile Bibiane Ndjebet, Director African Women's Network for Community Management
of Forests (REFACOF), Cameroon
- Mr. Roy Brouwer, Professor, Environmental Economist, Department of Economics at the
University of Waterloo, Canada
- Ms. Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention
- Ms. Gertrude Kabusimbi Kenyangi, Executive Director, Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment, Uganda
- Ms. Jill Blockhus, Director of International Partnerships, The Nature Conservancy
- Mr. Chiagozie Chima Udeh, Executive Board Member, Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation, Nigeria (Major Group of Children and Youth)
Followed by interactive discussion