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). It prioritizes the need to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, which is seen as an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) hold a great opportunity for businesses to make a positive change for people and the planet in a clear and structured way. The 17 SDG goals aim for People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. Being relevant to areas like life on land, water, no poverty, and gender equality. GSFP covers 11 of the 17 goals.
End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Smallholders and community foresters can gain additional income and security by applying for FSC- certification
Forests can play an important role in complementing agricultural production to address Goal 2 of zero hunger. For example, forests and trees can be managed to provide better and more nutritionally balanced diets, greater control over food inputs (particularly during lean seasons and periods of vulnerability, and especially for marginalized groups), and deliver ecosystem services for crop production.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The importance of this approach was reinforced in FSC’s Global Strategic Plan 2015-2020, released in 2018. The strategic plan called for the implementation of a “system-wide gender equality strategy, creating an institutional culture and normative framework that facilitates improving gender sensitivity within the system.”
Clean water and sanitation
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Indicator 6.7 of the FSC Principles and Criteria focuses on protecting and restoring “natural watercourses, water bodies, riparian zones and their connectivity.”
Affordable and clean energy
Wood is an important source of energy. Globally, 2.6 billion people depend on fuelwood, with a large proportion of those living in developing countries. Besides, the use of fuelwood in industry is increasing again, as it is an energy source that can reduce the climate impacts of energy production.
Decent work and economic growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Responsible consumptie and production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Forests play an essential role in climate regulation. Together with oceans, forests are the key ecosystem that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Carbon is stored in both trees and forest soils, and the world’s forests contain roughly as much carbon as the atmosphere. The Paris Agreement on climate change, agreed in December 2015, highlights the importance of forests in tackling climate change, and calls on all countries to conserve and enhance their carbon reservoirs and sinks in forests.
Life on land
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Peace, justice and strong institutions
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Partnership for the goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
Togetherness, justice and openness in optimal forest management.
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Last updated: March, 2020