Nature and the SDGs

Posted on 01 July 2019

Nature is essential to achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals. By working with nature, we can develop effective solutions for peaceful, prosperous and equitable societies.
'Nature in all the Goals' shows how nature-based solutions can contribute to achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals and deliver sustainable development for everyone.

The new publication presents 17 case studies that demonstrate the importance of nature-based solutions in delivering the SDGs.

Realising the opportunities requires mainstreaming nature into decision-making, building multi- stakeholder partnerships and strengthening good governance so that the agency, dignity and human rights of at-risk communities informs global action on the 17 Goals.

Nature and people

Nature provides us with vital resources such as food, air, water, and energy. In addition, nature can be harnessed to create solutions to the challenges set out in the SDGs, solutions that are positive for social, economic, governance and environmental outcomes.

Planting trees alongside livestock and crops contributes to climate change resilience because trees naturally capture and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Trees also help to regulate soil and water quality in the face of extreme weather patterns.

Despite its many contributions, nature is being degraded at a rapid rate with alarming consequences. The latest global report on nature (IPBES-7) reveals that current trends will undermine progress towards 80 percent of reviewed SDG targets relating to poverty, hunger, health, water, cities, climate, oceans, and land.

Ultimately, the degradation and loss of nature affects all of us as it undermines our food systems, our economic systems and our well-being. However, the most severe effects will disproportionately impact specific groups in society, particularly people living in poverty.

These groups of people are less likely to be able to access support or replace the natural services and resources they have lost. At the same time, these communities are powerful agents of change in our efforts to build a sustainable future.

Find out more about WWF's work on the SDGs here.

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