Forests cover 30.7 per cent of the Earth’s surface and, in addition to providing food security and shelter, they are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population. By protecting forests, we will also be able to strengthen natural resource management and increase land productivity.

At the current time, thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares. Even though up to 15% of land is currently under protection, biodiversity is still at risk. Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty.

Efforts are being made to manage forests and combat desertification. There are two international agreements being implemented currently that promote the use of resources in an equitable way. Financial investments in support of biodiversity are also being provided.
UN Sustainable Development Goals

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2020
Wednesday, April 29th
10:45 AM

Hives

Rachel Selvaraj '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Nicolette Schmidling '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Abigail Ryner '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

The Effect of the Emerald Ash Borer

Aidan Maddox '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Abigail Ernat '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Marco Bravo '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

11:15 AM

The Sustainability of National Parks and Visitor Trends in the 21st Century

Akwasi Quarcoo '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Reese Ramos '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

"Under the Weather: Causes and Effects of Climate Change"

Cayleigh O'Hare '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Kevin Fan '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM