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Sustainable Development Goals E-InventorySustainable Development Goals E-Inventory

Crowdsourcing proposals for post-2015 to feed into the intergovernmental process on SDGs
 
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    Plea to include an SDG concerning “Halting deforestation and forest degradation globally and restoring 15% of currently degraded forest ecosystems. Ensuring sustainable management of forests.”"Halting deforestation and forest degradation globally by 2020, and restoring 15% of currently degraded forest ecosystems. Ensuring sustainable management of forests by that date”.
Author/organisation/coalition:
Forest Stewardship Council
Website:
http://www.fsc.org
Sector/Stakeholder Type:
NGO
Email:
j.hontelez@fsc.org
Location of author:
Mexico, LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Date of publication:
10/04/2013
Proposal : Plea to include an SDG concerning “Halting deforestation and forest degradation globally and restoring 15% of currently degraded forest ecosystems. Ensuring sustainable management of forests.”

Summary :  Throughout history, the planet has lost an important part of its forest cover, initially in the northern hemisphere. In recent decades, forest degradation and deforestation have been con-centrated in tropical regions. Reasons include clearing for cattle, commercial agriculture, plan-tations, infrastructure, urbanization and weak law-enforcement. This has led to both positive and negative social impacts, but the current trend is clearly negative, sometimes dramatically so.

Not having forests under the SDGs would give a wrong signal: that either the fate of forests is not essential for the wider sustainable development agenda, or that the problems with forests have been resolved. “The Millennium Development Goals Report 2012” by the UN shows that forest cover continues to decline rapidly in Africa and Latin America, while also in Asia the problem continues to exist, compensated at the moment mainly by impressive increase of forest cover in China (and to a lesser extent India and Vietnam). And this focus on forest cover (quantity) does not take into account trends in forest degradation (quality).

fsc-submission-on-sdg-on-forests-04-10-13-pp201-1.pdf  
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Goal : "Halting deforestation and forest degradation globally by 2020, and restoring 15% of currently degraded forest ecosystems. Ensuring sustainable management of forests by that date”.

Targets and Indicators:  ? At least halve the loss of forests and where feasible brought close to zero;
? Significantly reduce degradation and fragmentation and manage forests sustainably, ensuring conservation of biodiversity;
? Restore 15 percent of currently degraded ecosystems, which includes forests

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