The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of a plan to target the most extreme poverty and tyranny through development, all while taking our planet into greater consideration. These SDGs, established by the United Nations, are an urgent call for action by all countries in global partnership and represent benchmarks for a better world and environment for everyone.
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Goal 1 supports poverty and the fact that it has many dimensions. Main causes include unemployment, social exclusion, and high vulnerability of certain populations to disasters, diseases and other phenomena which prevent them from being productive. Growing inequality is detrimental to economic growth and undermines social cohesion, increasing political and social tensions and, in some circumstances, driving instability and conflicts.
The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) participants plant trees for many reasons, including for the various tree products and the environmental benefits to their farms. In addition, the TIST program generates and sells carbon offsets, with 70% of the profits returned directly to the farmers.
We're proud to state that the farmers involved in the Uganda project create $3,000 of benefits per farmer in the form of fruits, nuts, medicine, increased crop yields, access to cookstoves, fodder, fuelwood, and apiculture.
Goal 2 concentrates on the hunger crisis and how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centered rural development and protecting the environment. Investments in agriculture are crucial to increasing the capacity for agricultural productivity and sustainable food production systems are necessary to help alleviate the perils of hunger.
The farmers will benefit from the trees upon maturity from products such as fruits, spices and medicines for sale. This will be organized as follow-up of the tree planting in cocoa farms and secondary forests which was funded by the USAID and implemented by the USFS-IP from 2013 till October 2018.
Communities will also be mobilized to introduce trees in their communities. Areas such as the school compounds, road sides and recreational and the surrounding of community facilities will be planted as beautification and contribute to carbon sequestration.
Goal 3 ensures the promotion of healthy lives and well-being at all ages. By focusing on providing more efficient funding of health systems, improved sanitation and hygiene, increased access to physicians and more tips on ways to reduce ambient pollution, significant progress is expected to help save the lives of millions.
Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality, but working towards achieving the target of less than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030 would require improvements in skilled delivery care.
Our reforestation project in Peru focuses on deforested and degraded areas in the forests of the native communities Callería, Patria Nueva and Nuevo Saposoa,
Thanks to the active participation of the community members and the indigenous organization FECONADIC, we're working to support good health and well-being with the planting of native tree species to the Amazon Rainforest.
With an anticipated planting project of 150,000 trees in 2020, this Peruvian reforestation project will sequester approximately 48 lbs of carbon per tree a year.
Amongst the tree species being planted in this project is the Mulateiro. This multi-purpose canopy tree grows tall and straight up to a height of 30 meters. In herbal medicine, a bark decoction from the Mulateiro tree is used a to treat eye infections, infected wounds, skin spots, wrinkles and scars.
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development as part of Goal 4 established by the United Nations. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.
Over 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Additionally, even the children who are attending schools are lacking basic skills in reading and math. In the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Unfortunately, at the current time, 1 in 5 women and girls between the ages of 15-49 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period and 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence.
Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large. Implementing new legal frameworks regarding female equality in the workplace and the eradication of harmful practices targeted at women is crucial to ending the gender-based discrimination prevalent in many countries around the world.
The primary goal of this project is to provide coffee seedlings that will be planted and grown into healthy coffee trees leading to an increase in harvest and income, empowering approximately 300 coffee farmers to be able to afford health care and education for themselves and their families.
Kula Project, in partnership with the communities and with volunteer labor from community members, plan to build three seedling nurseries in three regions of Rwanda to house and cultivate approximately 33,000 coffee tree seedlings each for a total of 100,000 coffee trees.
In 2015, 29% of the world's population lacked safe drinking water, and more than 60% lacked adequate sanitation services. The targets for this goal include achieving universal and equitable access to safe drinking water. Though other measures are needed to safely manage water supplies around the world, trees are a vital part of making clean drinking water accessible to everyone around the world.
Oregon is home to iconic trees ranging over 35 native species so that the full ecosystem is supported and degraded forests can be restored. That includes soil, waterways, insects, birds, mammals, and people. Healthy forests provides clean water to salmon and other species.
Our Oregon project creates native riparian habitat and is vital for water quality improvements. This project will support drinking water source protection and improved infiltration to groundwater to recharge city wells.
Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Working towards this goal is especially important as it interlinks with other Sustainable Development Goals.
Focusing on universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable energy through new economic and job opportunities is crucial to creating more sustainable and inclusive communities and resilience to environmental issues like climate change.
Decent work and economic goal in reflection of Goal 8 targets the fact that roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. With global unemployment rates of 5.7%, having a job no longer guarantees the ability to escape from poverty in many places. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.
Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. Job opportunities and decent working conditions are also required for the whole working age population. There needs to be increased access to financial services to manage incomes, accumulate assets and make productive investments. Increased commitments to trade, banking and agriculture infrastructure will also help increase productivity and reduce unemployment levels in the world’s most impoverished regions.
We promote an agroforestry approach, where multi cropped fruit and forest trees are co-managed with standard stable and cash crops. This approach helps diversify revenues for small holder farmers, and ensures short-term income as trees grow. We are also promoting sustainable woodlot management; Haiti for better or worse depends on fuelwood, and thus we promote rapid growing species harvested sustainably that have a high heat value to improve charcoal production efficiency.
Goal 9, Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure.
Technological progress is the foundation of efforts to achieve environmental objectives, such as increased resource and energy-efficiency. Without technology and innovation, industrialization will not happen, and without industrialization, development will not happen. There needs to be more investments in high-tech products that dominate the manufacturing productions to increase efficiency and a focus on mobile cellular services that increase connections between people.
The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty. The most vulnerable nations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states – continue to make inroads into poverty reduction. However, inequality persists and large disparities remain regarding access to health and education services and other assets.
To reduce inequality, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations. There needs to be an increase in duty-free treatment and continuation of favoring exports from developing countries, in addition to increasing the share of developing countries’ vote within the IMF. Finally, innovations in technology can help reduce the cost of transferring money for migrant workers.
Goal 11 reflects cities as hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically. With the number of people living within cities projected to rise to 5 billion people by 2030, it’s important that efficient urban planning and management practices are in place to deal with the challenges brought by urbanization.
Many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity without straining land and resources. Common urban challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing, declining infrastructure and rising air pollution within cities.
Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.
Since sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less,” net welfare gains from economic activities can increase by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole life cycle, while increasing quality of life.
Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, weather events are becoming more extreme and greenhouse gas emissions are now at their highest levels in history. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is likely to surpass 3 degrees centigrade this century. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.
To strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, countries adopted the Paris Agreement at the COP21 in Paris, which went into force in November of 2016. In the agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees centigrade. As of April 2018, 175 parties had ratified the Paris Agreement and 10 developing countries had submitted their first iteration of their national adaptation plans for responding to climate change.
A goal for the Cove forest fire restoration is to accelerate development of forest habitat in suitable portions of the east side pine landscape deforested by the fire before these sites become fully occupied by competing vegetation. Restoration activities are focusing on high to very high vegetation burn severity areas. Wildlife species affected by the Cove fire include Northern goshawk, black-backed woodpecker, Modoc sucker and California spotted owl. Also affected is California black oak habitat.
The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.
Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification.
The Endangered Southern Resident Orca have called the stretch of Pacific Ocean from Northern California to British Columbia home for millennia. Every year, as the Orca's migrate North to South and back again they rely on the West Coast Chinook salmon for food (nearly 80% of their diet). However, salmon stocks are diminishing due to loss of habitat and increasing pollution - ultimately impacting the Orca downstream. Planting trees along rivers and streams of the Pacific Northwest restores habitat for the endangered orca. Trees help reduce pollution and improve the health and quantity of salmon for the orca to eat!
Forests cover 30.7 per cent of the Earth’s surface and, in addition to providing food security and shelter, they are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population. By protecting forests, we will also be able to strengthen natural resource management and increase land productivity.
Efforts are being made to manage forests and combat desertification. There are two international agreements being implemented currently that promote the use of resources in an equitable way. Financial investments in support of biodiversity are also being provided.
Our experienced planters in Indonesia work to ensure balance is restored both environmentally and economically with the growth of new trees. This project helps to educate local villages about the importance of conservation, create jobs for those in the area, and provide long-term income for the community. To reach this area requires a four-hour boat ride through areas inhabited by orangutans, hornbills, proboscis monkeys, crocodiles, and many more unique flora and fauna.
The established relationships with local farmer communities, Forest Management Units and other authorities, will greatly contribute to the success of tree planting in this region.
The threats of international homicide, violence against children, human trafficking and sexual violence are important to address to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. They pave the way for the provision of access to justice for all and for building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
To tackle these challenges and build a more peaceful, inclusive societies, there needs to be more efficient and transparent regulations put in place and comprehensive, realistic government budgets. One of the first steps towards protecting individual rights is the implementation of worldwide birth registration and the creation of more independent national human rights institutions around the world.
Urgent action is needed to mobilize, redirect and unlock the transformative power of trillions of dollars of private resources to deliver on sustainable development objectives. Long-term investments, including foreign direct investment, are needed in critical sectors, especially in developing countries. These include sustainable energy, infrastructure and transport, as well as information and communications technologies.
The public sector will need to set a clear direction. Review and monitoring frameworks, regulations and incentive structures that enable such investments must be retooled to attract investments and reinforce sustainable development. National oversight mechanisms such as supreme audit institutions and oversight functions by legislatures should be strengthened.
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