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Sustainable Development Goal 15

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.

Forests and terrestrial ecosystems provide vital services for people and the planet, but they are under severe threat. A record 12 million hectares of tree cover was lost in the tropics in 2018, the fourth-highest annual loss since record-keeping began in 2001. Across the world, croplands are expanding, forests and natural grasslands are dwindling, and desertification is increasing.

WRI’s Forests Program helps governments, businesses and forest-dwelling communities join forces to halt deforestation, helping to protect the earth’s climate and the one billion people who rely on forests for their income, food, water and medicine. The program includes three initiatives. The Global Restoration Initiative works with governments and international partners to inspire, enable and implement restoration on degraded landscapes, returning them to economic and environmental productivity. Global Forest Watch offers the latest data, technology and tools to empower people everywhere to protect forests. The Forest Legality Initiative works to reduce illegal logging by supporting the supply and procurement of legal and sustainable forest products.

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