A Perfect Fit: How the Program 1 Million Trees for Borneo and the “Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” match

The year 2016 started with a huge step towards sustainable development: the new UN “Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” replaces the Millennium Development Goals. The 1 Million Trees program by Fairventures Worldwide successfully implements many of those goals that are set in the respective UN-Agenda by now.

In September 2015 the United Nations Summit took place in New York to adopt the “Post-2015 Development Agenda” mentioned above. The new agenda contains 17 sustainable development goals as well as 169 concrete sub-goals that portray its framework and its ambition. The post-2015 agenda, building on the Millennium Development Goals of 2000, aims at further pursuing and substantiating them as well as promoting their implementation during the next 15 years.

This agenda, working as an action plan for us human beings regarding our interactions with each other and with our planet, and its objectives, match to a great extent with Fairventures‘ mission statement of Intergenerational Equity, in particular with the long-term program 1 Million Trees for Borneo.

This program aims at establishing a sustainable and economically profitable land use form for degraded land and thereby contributes to a transformation of the value chain of tropical timber.

In total, there are 9 of the 17 main goals which are sustainably supported and promoted through the program, such as poverty reduction, economic development of local communities, income opportunities for smallholders, preservation of drinking water catchment areas as well as natural resources.

As a matter of fact, the program contributes to implementing the main goal number 15, namely the protection, restoration and promotion of sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems as well as a sustainable forest management. Meanwhile, combating desertification, the halt and reversal of land degradation and decreasing the continued loss of biodiversity are also at the center of attention.

Especially the halt of forest destruction, the restoration of degraded forests and the substantial strengthening of reforestation as well as the effort to contributing to global reforestation are not only key to SDG number 15 but also to the 1 Million Trees program in Borneo.

Written by: Dieter Raffel, Diplom-Forstwirt

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