12 Sep '17, 7pm

Deforestation can undermine achievements of the #SDGs @FrancesJSeymour @jonahbusch

Deforestation can undermine achievements of the #SDGs @FrancesJSeymour @jonahbusch

This week’s United Nations General Assembly in New York City gives denizens of “Development World” the chance to update their mental maps of how forests contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As argued in our book, Why Forests? Why Now? , there’s good reason to do so: forests are an overlooked and undervalued asset in the struggle to achieve these goals. Here’s why. More Familiar Forest Contributions to SDGs Most people are already familiar with the contributions of forest products to local welfare and the role of forest services in meeting global objectives. Wild fruits, nuts, mushrooms and bush meat supplement diets (SDG 2), and medicinal plants are often a first recourse for illness (SDG 3). Forest products supply more than 20 percent of the household income for local families (SDG 1), and tropical forests shelter most of the world’s terrestrial biologi...

Full article: http://www.wri.org/blog/2017/09/forests-and-sdgs-taking-s...

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