Protecting the life on land is the main topic of SDG15, that appeals to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
- An estimated 50 percent of the fruit we eat come from trees
- The livelihoods and food security of around 250 million rural poor depend on vibrant forests and trees
- Our forests are our water fountains. They provide much of the drinking water for over 1/3 of the worldäs largest cities
- Around one-third of the world’s population, or about 2.4 billion people, make use of wood to provide basic energy services such as cooking, boiling water and heating.
- From tackling poverty and hunger to mitigating climate change and conserving biodiversity, the positive impacts of forest and trees are fundamental to our existence.
- Acting as carbon sinks, forests absorb the equivalent of roughly 2 billion tones of carbon dioxide each year.
- Children are generally more active when they access to green spaces. The obesity rate of children living in areas with good access to green spaces is 11-19% lower than in those who have limited or no access.