Life on Land
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Healthy forests, soils, rivers, lakes and mountains are natural habitats and maintain important cycles of life. Sadly, 7.6 million hectares of forest are destroyed each year, which is equivalent to the area of Ireland. Moreover, unsustainable agricultural practices lead to the loss of soil fertility. Biodiversity is rapidly disappearing, and animals lose their natural habitats due to environmental degradation or illegal hunting activities. Deserts are spreading, and invasive plant species are displacing the native flora in many regions.
To achieve this goal, deforestation and forest degradation should stop, and proper regulations should be implemented for land remediation and protection. Furthermore, genetic diversity for both domestic and farm animals should be promoted, by taking actions against poaching, especially for protected species.