The world has committed to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the next 15 years. Success will require strengthening the link between protecting ecosystems and biodiversity with achieving the SDGs for ending poverty and increasing equality and justice. At the IUCN World Conservation Congress 8,000 conservationists from over 180 countries gathered to discuss the theme “Planet at the Crossroads.” Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) leaders, along with other experts around the world, contributed to this narrative by sharing their experiences and speaking about the role conservation can play in achieving many of the SDGs. Craig Groves (SNAPP) and LeeAnne French (NCEAS/SNAPP) highlighted the importance of creating partnerships and employing nature-based solutions to address critical global problems and turn the SDGs into reality.
Learn more about the role of conservation in achieving the SDGs in Salome Begeladze (IUCN forest team) blog: https://www.iucn.org/news/forests-and-sdgs-overcoming-development-challenges-through-collaborative-institutional