Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss


Inspiration Targets

CZECH INSPIRATION:

Veolia – The secret life of a city

The Czech-Slovak project supporting interest in plant species was initiated by Veolia in cooperation with the educational centre TEREZA (Czechia) and the Centre for environmental and ethical education (Slovakia). Since the beginning of 2017, students and teachers at fifty Czech and fifty Slovak schools have become researchers and spent two years getting to know the plant species in their surroundings. The added value of the project is supporting children’s curiosity and interest in biology thanks to its hands-on attitude. School children use a modern mobile app which identifies species of plants with a visual recognition software.

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SDG 15 AMBASSADOR



Jakub Vágner

Professional fisherman and fresh water fishing champion

Barbora Kohoutková

World famous prima ballerina

Jakub Vágner

Professional fisherman and fresh water fishing champion

GLOBAL INSPIRATION:

Mootral

The largest producers of methane emissions are cows. There are 1.5 billion cows in the world, producing two to three tons of CO2 every year. This problem can be solved by the nutritional supplement called Mootral which can reduce the amount of methane emissions produced by cattle by 30%.

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Perfect Day

Perfect Day milk is genetically engineered from yeast which produces milk protein during fermentation. The milk proteins are then mixed with plant-based proteins in order to produce the taste, structure and nutritional value of milk without involving animals. A study showed that the process needs 84% less energy and 91% less land.

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Selfridges and CupCycling

British chain Selfridges joined forces with CupCycling, a specialized recycling plant capable of stripping the plastic layer from a single-use cup and recycling its paper body. Recycled cups are transformed into iconic yellow Selfridges shopping bags to fight the growing amount of waste and to protect the environment.

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TARGETS

By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements

By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally

By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world

By 2030, ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to enhance their capacity to provide benefits that are essential for sustainable development

Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species

Promote fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and promote appropriate access to such resources, as internationally agreed

Take urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products

By 2020, introduce measures to prevent the introduction and significantly reduce the impact of invasive alien species on land and water ecosystems and control or eradicate the priority species

By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts

Mobilize and significantly increase financial resources from all sources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems

Mobilize significant resources from all sources and at all levels to finance sustainable forest management and provide adequate incentives to developing countries to advance such management, including for conservation and reforestation

Enhance global support for efforts to combat poaching and trafficking of protected species, including by increasing the capacity of local communities to pursue sustainable livelihood opportunities

TIPS:

Recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminium to reduce waste dumps.

Compost at home. Composting your own organic waste helps reduce negative impacts on the environment and recycle organic nutrients.

Buy “ugly vegetables“: a lot of fruit and vegetables gets dumped because it does not fit the required form, size or colour.

Clean the snow manually. Avoid loud emission-producing machines and get some physical exercise.

Speak up in public! Ask your local and national representatives to join planet-friendly initiatives. You can express your support of the Paris Agreement and demand your country’s ratification if it is not yet in place.

Tell us more about your own ways of supporting the global goals: use the #SDGs and #GlobalGoals hashtags on social media.

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