SDG 15: Life on Land

SN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019No matter where you are, the world’s population depends on sustainable uses of land and on conservation of natural environments and the protection of life within them. Human endeavors relate critically not only to future food production but also to health, freshwater availability, economic development and inequities, crime and corruption. 

On this hub you’ll find essential, hand-picked research about all of these—and informed opinions too—drawn from across books, journals and magazines. Here you can witness how our researchers are changing the future one discovery at a time.

SDG 15.5To coincide with the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montreal, Canada, in December 2022, we highlight SDG target 15.5: Protect Biodiversity and Natural Habitats. This topic will be the key focus of the upcoming conference, as the world’s governments come together to set the goals and actions needed to protect and conserve the natural world over the coming decade as part of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). This framework aims to halt biodiversity loss by 2030, and move towards achieving the CBD’s aim of Living in Harmony with Nature by 2050.

Our featured content this month includes interviews with conservation scientists and environmental policy experts on the importance of COP15 for the protection of nature, and the key role of biodiversity in sustainable development, as well as highlights on biodiversity conservation from our books, journals, and blogs.

The long road to the UN Biodiversity Conference

James Watson © Springer nature 2022Conservation scientist Professor James Watson discusses the vital importance of the upcoming United Nations Biodiversity Conference that takes place in Montreal, Canada, in December 2022, and its implications for the conservation and protection of the natural world over the coming decades.

Read the interview here


The essential links between biodiversity and sustainable development

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Environmental policy experts Dr Malgorzata Blicharska and Richard Smithers discuss the key role that biodiversity plays in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, and how this links to the upcoming post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework negotiations being discussed at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in December 2022.
Read the interview here

Featured content from our books and journals

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Featured book chapters

Introduction. Biodiversity Islands: Strategies for Conservation in Human-Dominated Environments

Biodiversity Islands: Strategies for Conservation in Human-Dominated Environments

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Conserving Biodiversity

Worth Saving

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Conceptualizing Human–Nature Interactions – An Overview

Human-Nature Interactions

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An Overview of the Potentials, Threats and Conservation of Biodiversity in Africa

from the book series: Sustainable Development and Biodiversity

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Leaving No One Behind: Impact of Soil Pollution on Biodiversity in the Global South: A Global Call for Action

from the book series: Sustainable Development and Biodiversity

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The ‘Sixth Mass Extinction Crisis’ and Its Impact on Flowering Plants

from the book series: Sustainable Development and Biodiversity

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Featured articles and article collections

Scientific foundations for an ecosystem goal, milestones and indicators for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Nature Ecology and Evolution

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A multidisciplinary approach to identify priority areas for the monitoring of a vulnerable family of fishes in Spanish Marine National Parks

BMC Ecology and Evolution

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A functional vulnerability framework for biodiversity conservation

Nature Communications

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Risk Assessment for Key Socio-Economic and Ecological Species in a Sub-Arctic Marine Ecosystem Under Combined Ocean Acidification and Warming

Ecosystems

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Improving biodiversity protection through artificial intelligence

Nature Sustainability

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Molecular genetic diversity and population structure of Iranian honey bee (Apis mellifera meda) populations: implications for breeding and conservation

Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection

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When and where to protect forests

Nature

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Farmers' perceptions of grassland management in Magui Khola basin of Madi Chitwan, Nepal

Pastoralism​​​​​​

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Arboretums, common gardens and forest tree resilience

New Forests

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Journal of Insect Conservation’s special issue on insect diversity in Agriculture

Journal of Insect Conservation

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Areas of global importance for conserving terrestrial biodiversity, carbon and water

Nature Ecology and Evolution

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Global marine protected areas to prevent extinctions

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Sustained population decline of rodents is linked to accelerated climate warming and human disturbance

BMC Ecology and Evolution​​​​​​

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A review of scientific research on biodynamic agriculture

Organic Agriculture

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​​​​​​Towards climate-smart, three-dimensional protected areas for biodiversity conservation in the high seas

Nature Climate Change​​​​​​

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China’s researchers have valuable experiences that the world needs to hear about

Nature Arabic Edition​​​​​​

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Fewer than 20 extinctions a year: does the world need a single target for biodiversity?

Nature Arabic Edition​​​​​​

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Vast tropical tree farms push into biodiversity hotspots

Nature Arabic Edition

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development

ARTICLE COLLECTION from the journal: BMC Ecology and Evolution​​​​​​

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Global biodiversity policy post-2020

TOPICAL COLLECTION from the journal: Nature Ecology and Evolution​​​​​​

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Body size, richness, and abundance of Staphylinidae unaffected by landscape composition and cropping system in a push–pull maize system in Kenya

CABI Agriculture and Bioscience

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SDG Series

Explore the latest releases in the SDG book series based around SDG15 below. 

The SDG Series is Springer Nature’s inaugural cross-imprint book series that addresses and supports the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The Series is the first at Springer Nature to publish books under both the Springer and Palgrave Macmillan imprints, bringing the strengths of our imprints together. 

The Series is organized into eighteen subseries: one subseries based around each of the seventeen respective Sustainable Development Goals, and an eighteenth subseries, “Connecting the Goals,” which serves as a home for volumes addressing multiple goals or studying the SDGs as a whole. Each subseries is guided by an expert Subseries Advisor with years or decades of experience studying and addressing core components of their respective Goal.

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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