Could the Sustainable Development Goals include Landscapes?

The Sustainable Development Goals need to recognise that forestry is broader than environmental protection – it also relates to poverty, food security, resilient landscapes and green growth. Mindy McAdams.

The Sustainable Development Goals need to recognise that forestry is broader than environmental protection – it also relates to poverty, food security, resilient landscapes and green growth. Mindy McAdams.

Last week, the UN High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda met in Bali, Indonesia. The political commitment from last year’s Rio+20 conference to agree on a set of post-2015 goals addressing the broad challenges of poverty eradication, environmental protection and sustainable consumption and production (the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs) remains strong.

At the same time, there is a flurry of ideas on what the goals should be and how progress should be measured. Often these proposals come from organizations forwarding the topics that they are mandated to deal with. This can make it difficult to maintain an overview of what we would actually like to achieve in the future.

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