SDG 15: Life on Land

UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land is about protecting, restoring, and promoting sustainable land use and ecosystem preservation. That means sustainable forest management, as well as fighting desertification, and stopping and reversing land degradation and biodiversity loss.

Explore a wide-ranging selection of research articles sourced from Springer Nature’s ecology, life science, and conservation science journals, specially assembled in this hub as a comprehensive clearinghouse for the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 15): Life on Land. 

This curated compilation mirrors the SDG 15 Targets and also includes article collections/special issues, books, and book chapters on topics like sustainable land use, biodiversity protection, and much more, providing valuable insights.

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Special Collections

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The year 2023 marks the mid-point of the 15-year period envisaged to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, targets for global development adopted in September 2015 by all United Nations Member States. To help track where we are on this journey, and to amplify success stories, in this Collection we present studies that assess progress or that showcase interventions that have made a difference. We include articles that focus on at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals, at the local, regional or global scale, and we are pleased to invite submissions of studies framed in a similar way. With a growing overview of where we stand and which measures make a difference, we can generate momentum on a sustainable pathway towards improved human lives and a healthier planet.

The Sustainable Development Goals Series

Discover the latest SDG15-related books published in Springer Nature’s Sustainable Development Goals Series. 
The Series features research on each of the SDGs, addressing the urgent global challenges facing humanity. The books published in the Series feature impactful contributions that support the efforts to make the SDGs a reality.   

Featured Reference Work

Life on Land © Springer Nature 2021Life on Land - Edited by: Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Amanda Lange Salvia, Tony Wall

  • Fundamental knowledge that supports the UN Sustainable Development Goal, protects terrestrial ecosystems, and halts biodiversity loss
  • Essential research, projects, and practical action addressing a global audience

Part of the book series: Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Information for authors

Contact a publishing editor © Mitarart, iStockphotoGetting started publishing your SDG 15 work at Springer Nature is easy. Springer Nature aspires to lead in publishing SDG research, and especially in open access (OA) SDG research.

You can add impact and power to your SDG-related research when you publish it at Springer Nature, and alongside leading research (like the examples above). Research published OA at Springer Nature gets more exposure. For example, research published in fully OA Springer Nature journals are downloaded over 7,000 times on average (up to 5x more than competitors) and cited 7.39 times on average.

Publishing with Springer Nature gives you:

  • A range of journals, from Nature, Springer, and BMC, both hybrid and OA. The journals with SDG content curated above are a small selection of journals you can publish in. Clicking through on them will give you the information — including journal metrics, submission guidelines and more — that you need to plan your next submission.
  • The world’s leading scholarly book program, including the option to publish your book OA. ᐅSDG 15 OA Books
  • Support in finding funding for OA. Many funders and institutions now cover open access (OA) journal article publishing costs for affiliated researchers, as part of an OA agreement with Springer Nature. Find out more about OA agreements and whether you may be entitled to publish OA journal articles with your fees covered. The OA funding support service can help you find and access other OA publishing funds — for journal articles and books — to which you may be entitled.  ᐅOA Agreements  Funding Support Service  The impact of OA
  • Support in writing and publishing your work — both free, including tutorials and paid research solutions services, including editing, translation, and more.  ᐅAuthor Services  ᐅResearch Solutions
  • An easy way to get started on a book. Even if it is only a germ of an idea, by filling in this form, you will be put in touch with an editor who can help you grow it into a fully formed book.  ᐅSubmit your book idea

SDG15 and Societal Impact

SDG15_95px © Springer Nature 2021Discover SDG15 researchers' attitudes towards societal impact in this downloadable infographic, part of a larger project in partnership with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), exploring the role of open research in accelerating progress on global societal challenges. Learn more.

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