A policy nexus approach to forests and the SDGs: tradeoffs and synergies

Elsevier, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 34, October 2018, Pages 7-12.
Authors: 
Joleen Timko, Philippe Le Billon, Hisham Zerriffi, Jordi Honey-Rosés, Ian de la Roche, Chris Gaston, Terry Sunderland and Rob A. Kozak.

Abstract

The transformational potential of Agenda 2030 lies in the synergies to be found among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were designed to be interdependent, requiring enhanced policy coherence for sustainable development, and forests have a prominent role to play in their success. To support SDGs integration and highlight challenges to, and opportunities for, policy coherence among sectors that affect forests, we identify three policy clusters that are each defined by a set of closely related SDGs: ecosystem services and livelihoods; the green economy; and rights, justice, equality and inclusion. We illustrate how enhanced policy coherence within each cluster can support integrated approaches that both benefit from, and provide support for, forests.