Goal 15 – Life on Land

Our forests are the lungs of the earth. We’re cutting down fewer trees today than we have in the past, but it’s still having a devastating effect on people, animals and our climate too.

Mountains and coasts are also under threat because land there is being exploited – causing droughts and floods which in turn lead to food and water shortages.

This goal is about looking after the land we live on, as well as the plants and animals who call those places home. Not just because we should preserve the natural beauty and diversity of our planet, but because as humans we rely on the natural world for our very survival.

Facts and figures


409,650 ha or 2.38% per year of forest is lost (Food and Agriculture Organization, 2011)


Nigeria has 1417 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles according to figures (World Conservation Monitoring Centre, 2004)


Agriculture contributes 20.48% to the country’s GDP annually (Nigeria Data Portal, 2016)


3.5% of forest species found in Nigeria are threatened with extinction (FAO, 2016)
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1 No Poverty
Goal 2 Zero Hunger
Goal 3 Good Health and Well Being
Goal 4 Quality Education
Goal 5 Gender Equality
Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11 Sustainable Cities And Communities
Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13 Climate Action
Goal 14 Life Below Water
Goal 15 Live on Land
Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Goal 17 Partnership For The Goals

Goals in action