Forests

Forests, representing an integral part of the planet's biosphere, play a significant role in achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They function as extensive carbon sinks, absorbing greenhouse gases and contributing to SDG 13 (Climate Action), and they provide a wealth of biodiversity, aligning with SDG 15 (Life on Land).

Forests are indispensable in fostering clean air and water, acting as natural filters, thus contributing to SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being). They are also a vital source of food, medicine, and raw materials for billions of people, directly supporting SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth). Indigenous and local communities are often dependent on forests, tying in with SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).

The responsible management of forests promotes SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and also creates opportunities for SDG 4 (Quality Education), with forest-based learning enhancing environmental literacy. Lastly, forests serve as potent buffers against natural disasters, fostering resilience and adaptation in the face of changing climate conditions, thereby contributing to SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities). As custodians of biodiversity and vital ecosystems, forests are fundamental to the holistic accomplishment of the SDGs. They embody the interconnectedness of these goals, demonstrating how progress in one area can stimulate advancements in another.

Understanding this interrelation and harnessing it for sustainable development policies is a cornerstone of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By maintaining and restoring forest ecosystems, we are not just preserving landscapes; we are making a commitment to the sustainability of our planet and future generations.

This chapter aligns with Goals 2 and 11 by focusing on the potential for improved food production when agroforestry practices are exploited. Further, the use of Agroforestry enhances sustainability within food production systems by providing environmental protections and balances.
This chapter aligns with Goals 13 and 15 by providing a reminder of the wide range of essential ecological benefits of forests and of the many products and services humans derive from forests, and then summarize three hallmarks of healthy forests across ecosystems and conclude by leveraging what we know about forests in the past to propose five key principles for future forest management.
Elsevier,

Future Forests: Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change, 2024, Pages  75-94

This chapter aligns with Goals 13 and 15 by reviewing the latest literature about plant–microbe and microbe–microbe interactions in coordinating the interlinked carbon, nutrient, and water cycles, and we estimate how these may respond to the key global change factors of CO2, temperature, and precipitation.
This Personal View supports SDGs 3 and 10 by reviewing a pilot project aimed at increasing quity of access to urban green spaces and tree coverage and thereby improving community health.
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World Tourism Day 2024

World Tourism Day 2024 beckons! As we stand on the brink of another celebration of the myriad wonders of global travel, it's crucial to recognise the significant role of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

Since its inception, World Tourism Day has been an emblematic moment for travel enthusiasts. But this World Tourism Day 2023 isn't just another tick on the calendar. It represents an alignment of the global journey with SDGs.

The Importance of SDGS

Elsevier,

Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Volume 119, June 2023

This study evaluates the relationship between the road network and deforestation and other negative impacts on indigenous people in Brazil.
This freely accessible Special collection highlights journal articles and book chapters focussing on nature and biodiversity in celebration of the 2023 RELX SDG Inspiration Day on June 13th where thought leaders, corporate representatives, investors, government and NGOs explore issues, practical engagement and ideas in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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As we progress through the 21st century, the health of our planet emerges as a pressing concern. Earth Day, celebrated globally on April 22, provides a vital platform for raising awareness about environmental issues and advocating for sustainable practices.

Earth Day: A Brief History

This chapter aligns with Goals 12, 13 and 15 by reviewing direct and indirect causes and drivers responsible for forest degradation and their consequences on health, environment, life, etc.
This article supports SDG 13 and 15 by showing that fulfillment of the global climate pledges would result in increased forest land on the Tibetan Plateau

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