SDG 15: Life on Land

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 aims to protect, restore, and promote the conservation and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss. Land degradation is a major threat to sustainable development, as it can lead to food insecurity, water scarcity, climate change, and the loss of biodiversity. SDG 15 calls for action to protect and restore land ecosystems, including forests, grasslands, and wetlands. It also calls for the sustainable management of forests and the halting of desertification.

This hub is a clearinghouse for research on UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15: Life on Land, published across Springer Nature. It features selected research from Springer Nature's journals, special issues, and cross-journal article collections, as well as selected books and book chapters. The curated research covers topics including sustainable forestry, biodiversity conservation, and land degradation neutrality, and more.

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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

Springer Nature's SDG OA Book Collection

Why publish SDG research as an open access (OA) book? 

Because OA’s enhanced and equitable visibility means that research can reach the broader audience, and findings can be translated into actionable strategy. Explore OA books that support sustainable development and learn more about publishing your book OA - including funding options.

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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