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15.4.1 Coverage by Protected Areas of Important Sites for Mountain Biodiversity

Definition

The average share of each important site for mountain biodiversity that is covered by designated  protected areas.

For the period 2000-2017 , the coverage remained constant at 38.43%.

Data Source(s)

World Database on Protected Areas, United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Retrieved from “https://www.protectedplanet.net/

 
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15.4.1 Coverage by Protected Areas of Important Sites for Mountain Biodiversity in the Sustainable Development Goals

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15. Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
15. Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

15. Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Forests cover 30 per cent of the Earth’s surface and in addition to providing food security and shelter, forests are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population. Thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares.

Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty. Efforts are being made to manage forests and combat desertification.

Related 15.4.1 Coverage by Protected Areas of Important Sites for Mountain Biodiversity Targets

15.4

By 2030, ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to enhance their capacity to provide benefits that are essential for sustainable development