Reducing Deforestation And The Loss Of Biodiversity

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When the UN created Sustainable Development Goals during their meeting in New York City from September 25th-27th, there were many targets that were set in order to improve Terrestrial Processes. This was clearly an important issue that the UN felt the need to spend much time on in order to address properly. Ultimately, several of the targets include certain fragments that are unable to be measured accurately, or are given targets that are too general. However, many targets can still be measured accurately and examples of this include Targets 15.2 and 15.5 that aim to halt deforestation and the loss of biodiversity. This can be measured through extensive documentation of a forest’s area or by analyzing the amount of biodiversity within it. The studies are done usually by both countries, such as Canada, and by wildlife groups such as WWF (Effects of Deforestation, Fitzsimmons) (Deforestation, Bradford).

This is exceptionally similar to target 15.3, which aims to restore degraded land and soil from desertification. Countries and the UN itself mostly measure this target. An example would be the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) that determined severe land degradation is affecting 168 countries worldwide (Desertification Crisis, King).

Target 15.7 calls for an end to poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna, as well as addressing the supply of illegal wildlife products. In m opinion, both of these can be measured to a certain…
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