Our Sustainable Development Goals
We support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and focus specifically on:
Landscape restoration as an effective way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
On September 25th 2015, countries adopted the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development with a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
Our landscape restoration programs result in a wide array of bankable and non-bankable benefits, closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and with huge positive socio-economic impacts, besides addressing climate change and biodiversity loss, two of the major challenges of our time.
We also make contributions to further Sustainable Development Goals:
SDG 3: Good health and well-being
Healthy landscapes increase physical and mental health and human well-being and provide with medicinal resources.
SDG 4: Quality education
Biodiversity loss can negatively impact access to education, while increasing income through landscape restoration increases access to education.
SDG 5: Gender quality
Ecosystem performance is not gender-neutral, restoring landscapes and climate change adaptation can help reduce gender inequalities.
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
The transition towards renewable energy relies to an extent on functioning ecosystems, especially for the world’s poor.
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
As failing ecosystems often hit the poor the hardest, restoring landscapes benefits the bottom 40 per cent of the global population.
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
The world’s growing and urbanizing population depends on resilient rural areas and communities, while exerting additional pressure on landscapes.
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
Restoring productivity through Sustainable Land Management is integral to responsible and sustainable food production.
SDG 14: Life below water
Restoring degraded drylands can reduce soil-erosion induced eutrophication of lakes and oceans and reverse below water biodiversity loss.
SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
Combatting desertification through restoration of drylands addresses one of the major drivers of migration and conflict.
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Landscape restoration requires multi-stakeholder engagement and therefore fosters new partnerships.
Here you find our whitepaper explaining the mechanisms behind the benefits of landscape restoration and provides insights in the scale at which these benefits can be achieved.