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Goal 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

Plant life provides 80 percent of our human diet, and we rely on agriculture as an important economic resource and means of development. Forests provide vital habitants for millions of species and important sources for clean air and water, and are crucial for combating climate change. Progress in preserving and sustainably using the Earth’s terrestrial species and ecosystems is uneven. Declining trends in land productivity, increasing drought and desertification, and poaching and trafficking of wildlife remain serious concerns. Urgent action must be taken to reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity, which are part of our common heritage.

Interaction with SDG 3

Healthy natural environments are essential for promoting health and preventing disease.