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SDG of the month
This month’s Goal of the Month editorial focuses on Goal 15, which is about protecting life on land. It is to conserve and restore terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and stop biodiversity loss.
Goal 15 matters because healthy ecosystems and the biological diversity they support are a source of food, water, medicine, shelter and other material goods. They also provide ecosystem services – the cleaning of air and water – which sustain life and increase resiliency.
However, the planet is experiencing a dangerous decline in nature because of human activity. The stakes could not be higher as one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction, many within decades.
With 2023 marking the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is time for urgent action.