Thursday, 12 September 2019
FSC: A tool to help implement the Sustainable Development Goals
For people, planet, peace, and prosperity
In September 2015, the United Nations (UN) adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is intended to be a “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity” and “seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom” (UN, 2015).
The agenda priorities eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, and sees this as an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
At the core of this agenda are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 Goals, with their 169 targets, cover the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social, and environmental – with a strong focus on quality of life, justice, and equality, as well as the sustainable consumption, production, and use of natural resources.
FSC and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Halting deforestation and practicing sustainable forest management are important for limiting climate change and its impacts, protecting biodiversity and freshwater supplies, providing raw materials for a ‘low ecological footprint’ economy, and protecting the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) actively supported the formulation of the SDGs and the indicators that will help actors to focus their actions.
The SDGs can be major drivers for efforts to halt deforestation and forest degradation worldwide, Through the SDGs we can highlight the positive contributions that forests play in the future of sustainable development.
FSC certification can become a key tool in achieving a substantial part of the SDGs. The way we work, the practices followed by FSC-certified foresters, and the impacts we have on forest markets make FSC an ally in achieving several of the SDGs.