Forests

World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on June 5th, engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue. In 2020, the theme is biodiversity, a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States and Australia, to locust infestations across East Africa – and now, a global disease pandemic – demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the webs of life in which they exist.

This journal article addresses goals 14 and 15 by discussing how the terrestrial world is experiencing high rates of land conversion despite growth of the global protected area network.
Elsevier,

One Earth Perspective, Volume 1, ISSUE 2, P202-215, October 25, 2019

This article addresses goals 16, 12, and 15 by discussing the Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America, or IIRSA, and presenting results of a projection analysis showing that IIRSA could push the Amazonian forest past a “tipping point,” degrading biodiversity, reducing carbon storage, and harming continental agriculture.
This journal article addresses goals 15, 10, and 16 by discussing how there is a new threat that confronts the Amazon in the form of a massive infrastructure program, the Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America, or IIRSA. This article presents results of a projection analysis showing that IIRSA could push the Amazonian forest past a “tipping point,” replacing it with tropical savanna and damaging biodiversity.
This article addresses goals 13, 14, and 15 by discussing the common methods of evaluating the management of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in natural environments.
This journal article addresses goals 9 and 11 by discussing the rising demand for renewable resources increasing silage maize and how this can have a countereffect on biodiversity.
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 34, October 2018, Pages 33-42.

This article contributes to goal 15 by arguing that the SDG portfolio can trigger a major step towards more holistic land use perspectives at the agriculture-forestry interface. This, in turn, has the potential to initiate institutional change to enhance dynamic sustainability.
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 34, October 2018, Pages 7-12.

Forests are essential to the SDGs and can further multiple SDGs simultaneously. This paper contributes to goal 15 by discussing the importance of integrated, innovative and inclusive governance systems to ensure that efforts to advance the SDGs can better benefit from, and provide support for, forests.
Elsevier,

Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 33, Issue 8, August 2018, Pages 568-571.
 

This article explores the conflicts between SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 15 (life on land). This piece argues that many decision makers have deep mis-conceptions surrounding the benefits of roads and provides a range of tactics to conservation scientists who oppose a particular roading project.
Each month the Elsevier Atlas Award recognizes research that could significantly ­impact people's lives around the world and align to the SDGs. This Elsevier Atlas Award winning research contributes to SDGs 2 (zero hunger) and 15 (life on land), linking forest loss to worsening child nutrition in 15 African nations.

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