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SDG Policy Brief

Global Biodiversity Loss Environment Live, SDGs UN Environment

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The Sustainable Development Goals Policy Briefs highlight a hotspot of environmental concern. The evidence provided builds on the scientific data and information hosted on the online platform Environment Live, and is complemented by stories from around the world. Readers are invited to explore the numerous clickable links throughout the Brief.

Biodiversity loss is caused by a range of different pressures, from habitat loss due to agricultural expansion, pollution or desertification to invasive alien species and climate change. At the root of every issue is one common thread: the unsustainable use of land and resources.

Goal Fifteen Goal Fifteen

Safeguarding biodiversity from an unprecedented range of threats


Safeguarding biodiversity from an unprecedented range of threats UN Environment SDG IUCN Connectivity Conservation United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
Page two Population Size Material footprint (Total) per Capita Agricultural area, % land Forest area, % land Fisheries Capture Pesticide use (total) Terrestrial areas protected, % Marine areas protected EEZ, % ASSESSING GLOBAL LAND USE: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply (2015) ASSESSING GLOBAL LAND USE: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply (2015) The state of world Fisheries and Aquaculture (2016) IPBES Pollinators Pollination and Food Production GEO 5 – Chapter 5 Living Planet Report 2016 Red List Index Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Biodiversity Targets National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) Ecosystems Management Integration of Biodiversity and ecosystem services Proper management of protected areas Selection and management of the biodiversity heritage sites Improve resource efficiency Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Management

Inititatives on the ground