Goal 15: Life on Land

To sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss

Tree with flying birds on green squareForests cover nearly 31% of our planet’s land area. From the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the food we eat–forests sustain us. Forests are home to more than 80% of all terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. However, biodiversity is declining faster than at any other time in human history.

Globally, one fifth of the Earth’s land area (more than 2 billion hectares) are degraded, an area nearly the size of India and the Russian Federation combined. Land degradation is undermining the well-being of some 3.2 billion people, driving species to extinction and intensifying climate change.

(Information pulled from LIFE ON LAND: WHY IT MATTERS)

Life on Land infographic