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Sustainable Development Goal #15. Modern-Day Plague Deforestation is clearing Earth's forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of the land.

Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but swaths the size of Panama are lost each and every year. The world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation. Forests are cut down for many reasons, but most of them are related to money or to people’s need to provide for their families.The biggest driver of deforestation is agriculture. Farmers cut forests to provide more room for planting crops or grazing livestock. Logging operations, which provide the world’s wood and paper products, also cut countless trees each year. Not all deforestation is intentional. Deforestation has many negative effects on the environment. Deforestation also drives climate change. Trees also play a critical role in absorbing the greenhouse gases that fuel global warming.

The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. Charter. World Bank and Environment in Indonesia. As the world’s largest archipelago of 17,000 islands, Indonesia spans two bio-geographic regions - the Indomalayan and Australasian - and supports tremendous biodiversity of animal and plant life in its pristine rain forests and its rich coastal and marine areas.

World Bank and Environment in Indonesia

Up to 3,305 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles and at least 29,375 species of vascular plants are endemic to the islands, estimated at 40 per cent of APEC’s biodiversity. 10 Things You Can Do to Help Save the Earth. Going green is easier than you think.

10 Things You Can Do to Help Save the Earth

There are little things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment. Taking care of the Earth is not just a responsibility -- it's a privilege. ­ In that spirit, HowStuffWorks came up with 10 things you can do to help save the Earth. Deforestation: Facts, Causes & Effects. Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses.

Deforestation: Facts, Causes & Effects

An estimated 18 million acres (7.3 million hectares) of forest, which is roughly the size of the country of Panama, are lost each year, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Some other statistics: About half of the world's tropical forests have been cleared (FAO) Forests currently cover about 30 percent of the world’s land mass (National Geographic) Forest loss contributes between 6 percent and 12 percent of annual global carbon dioxide emissions (Nature Geoscience) About 36 football fields worth of trees lost every minute (World Wildlife Fund (WWF)) Deforestation occurs around the world, though tropical rainforests are particularly targeted. NASA predicts that if current deforestation levels proceed, the world's rainforests may be completely in as little as 100 years.

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Renew Australia

We are currently heading towards a climate catastrophe. Our planet is warming, sea levels are rising, we are living through hotter summers and more extreme weather events. It makes economic sense to act now. Protecting our precious places. The Greens’ commitment to our precious places has never been more important.

Protecting our precious places

Around our nation our environment is being impacted by global warming, unsustainable development and mining and pollution - with the full support of the Liberal, National and Labor parties. 90% of the Great Barrier Reef is already experiencing bleaching caused by global warming, and the Tasmanian world heritage area has been permanently decimated by previously unheralded bushfires. The Liberal, National and Labor parties refuse to admit that coal is a huge part of our global climate change problem. In doing so, they are signing the death warrants for some of our most precious natural places. They’re approving massive new mines, offshore drilling and new coal seam gas wells, and enjoy huge corporate donations from fossil fuel interests.

Our precious natural places are national icons. Environmental movement in Australia. Beginning as a conservation movement, the environmental movement in Australia was the first in the world to become a political movement.

Environmental movement in Australia

Australia was home to the world's first Green party.[1] The normal environmental movement is represented by a wide range of groups sometimes called non-governmental organizations. These exist on local, national, and international scales. Centre for Environmental History – at the Australian National University. Environment. Indonesia is highly vulnerable to both climate change and a wide range of weather-related natural disasters.


Given Indonesia’s growth and settlement patterns, disaster-related losses and casualties will have an even larger impact on human development in the future, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable. Addressing climate and disaster risks is critical: both the public and private sectors in Indonesia must move to systematically integrate climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) into their investments and planning processes.

USAID works with the Government of Indonesia to help the most vulnerable areas of Indonesia to become more resilient to the effects of climate change. USAID builds local government and civil society organizational capacity to understand the effects of climate change, and implement climate change solutions in agriculture, water, and natural resources management. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND POLLUTION IN INDONESIA. Early life on land and the first terrestrial ecosystems. Definition of “terrestrial” Habitable, non-aquatic environments must have existed all throughout the geologic history of Earth unless its surface was entirely under water, which seems unlikely.

Early life on land and the first terrestrial ecosystems

The definition of a terrestrial environment may not be as trivial as it sounds. What Can We Do to Conserve Biodiversity in BC? We can participate in biodiversity conservation by increasing our knowledge of environmental issues, increasing our awareness of the impacts of biodiversity loss, and increasing support for government policies and actions that conserve our valuable ecosystems.

What Can We Do to Conserve Biodiversity in BC?

We can become educators and role models as stewards of the environment by aiding in the recovery of species at risk and preventing other species from becoming at risk. Habitat stewardship consists of activities that range from enhancing the quality of soil, water, air and other natural resources to monitoring and conserving wildlife species and their habitat by donating or leasing property to a land trust.

What is a terrestrial ecosystem. Care for your national parks. When visiting a national park you need to ensure that you don't disturb plants, animals, special sites, or the enjoyment of other visitors. Here are some of the rules for visiting a national park: Staying safe in national parks When bushwalking, tell someone where you are goingTake food and water, warm clothing and a raincoatDo not go aloneBe careful when walking on rocks at the sea edgePut on sunscreen and a hatStay behind safety fencesBefore swimming check the depth, temperature and current.

Learn more Care for your national parks activity sheet (PDF 129KB)Do you know what you should and shouldn't do when you visit a national park? More about caring for national parks. Improving biodiversity monitoring - LINDENMAYER - 2011 - Austral Ecology. Effective biodiversity monitoring is critical to evaluate, learn from, and ultimately improve conservation practice.

Well conceived, designed and implemented monitoring of biodiversity should: (i) deliver information on trends in key aspects of biodiversity (e.g. population changes); (ii) provide early warning of problems that might otherwise be difficult or expensive to reverse; (iii) generate quantifiable evidence of conservation successes (e.g. species recovery following management) and conservation failures; (iv) highlight ways to make management more effective; and (v) provide information on return on conservation investment. The importance of effective biodiversity monitoring is widely recognized (e.g. Australian Biodiversity Strategy). Yet, while everyone thinks biodiversity monitoring is a good idea, this has not translated into a culture of sound biodiversity monitoring, or widespread use of monitoring data. What is biodiversity and why is it important? Climate change science and solutions for australia. Department of the Environment and Energy, Australian Government.

Sustainable Palm Oil. 3 Reasons Why Ecosystem Services are Important to You. Ecosystem Services are the benefits nature provides to human well-being. The term is frequently thrown around in academic circles, but why should you care about them? Although the concept is quite new, our connection to nature is not. We depend on nature for our survival – without healthy ecosystems, our drinking water isn’t clean nor is the air we breathe. We also enjoy nature… studies show that people who spend time in nature tend to be happier than those that don’t. It can even act as a natural anti-depressant. Australian endangered species list. ACCORDING TO THE IUCN Red List of endangered species, Australia has 86 animal species that are considered Critically Endangered. A species is considered Critically Endangered by the ICUN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) if it meets certain criteria, such as a reduction in the population of 90 per cent within a decade, the population range is severely limited or fragmented, or the population is under 50 indivuduals.

Species are listed as Critically Endangered on Australia's own Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) - 54 in total - but due to the administration of the listing process and the state of research of some species, the lists do not exactly match. Australian Geographic has compiled a list of Critically Endangered Australian animals from these two lists. The IUCN Red List includes these Critically Endangered Australian animals:10 Mammals4 Birds13 Fishes7 Reptiles15 Amphibians37 Arthropods. Indonesia’s Rainforests: Biodiversity and Endangered Species. Indonesia’s rainforests are home to some of the highest levels of biological diversity in the world. Many sources credit Indonesia as the most species rich country on earth.

Spread over 18,000 islands, Indonesia contains the world’s third largest area of rainforest after the Amazon and Africa’s Congo Basin. Tragically, the rapid loss of Indonesia’s biologically wealthy rainforests is driving in-numerable species to the very edge of survival. Only decisive action and a paradigm shift towards meaningful conservation commitments by industry and the Indonesian government will prevent a catastrophic epidemic of extinctions in the coming decades.

Despite global climate pledge, indigenous activists are under attack. Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres was the main promoter of the campaign against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project in Honduras. In 2015, her work won her the Goldman Environmental Prize, the highest international recognition for environmental advocates. On 3 March 2016, her dedication to her people and the environment likely got her killed.

From signatures to action. Zero deforestation in Indonesia: Pledges, politics and palm oil. Asia Pacific - “No Deforestation. No Peat. No Exploitation”: The pledges echoing throughout the palm oil sector, as major consumer goods manufacturers and retailers seek to remove deforestation from supply chains, sound simple enough. High-Resolution Global Maps of 21st-Century Forest Cover Change. Land management. We also encourage rural property owners and farmers to manage these land issues.

Biodiversity Conservation. Primary forest cover loss in Indonesia over 2000-2012 : Nature Climate Change : Nature Research. Humans – the real threat to life on Earth. Climate change and health. Indonesia: Land and People. Consisting of the territory of the former Netherlands East Indies, Indonesia's main island groups are the Greater Sunda Islands, which include Java, Sumatra, central and S Borneo (Kalimantan), and Sulawesi; the Lesser Sunda Islands, consisting of Bali, Flores, Sumba, Lombok, and the western part of Timor; the Moluccas (Maluku), with Ambon, Seram, and Halmahera; and the Riau Archipelago.

After years of dispute with the Dutch, W New Guinea (now Papua and West Papua) was formally annexed by Indonesia in Aug., 1969. The most important islands, culturally and economically, are Java, Bali, and Sumatra. All the larger islands have a central volcanic mountainous area flanked by coastal plains; there are more than 100 active volcanoes. SDG 15: Life on land. 100 Million Trees by 2017 - United Nations Partnerships for SDGs platform. Biodiversity, plants and wildlife. Environmental protection. Australia ranks 20th on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. This goal is key to the whole development agenda. WWF Indonesia office.

Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development Goals. SDG 15 - Sustain Life on Land - Forest, Ground and Animals. Goal 15: Life on land. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Home page. Main Details. Countries. UNCCD - Home.