Grounding Sustainability: land, soils and the SDGs
This is a policy analysis undertaken by Both ENDS as part of the iSQAPER project (Interactive Soil Quality assessment in Europe and China for Agricultural productivity and Environmental Resilience (iSQAPER), which is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation.
This paper seeks to offer an analysis of the linkages of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with land use (decisions) and soil health and to provide insights on and recommendations for the opportunities of the SDGs to enhance soil and land management and restoration.
To put these connections into perspective, what follows is a succinct overview of the most recent policy developments (Section 2) and a study of the most relevant SDGs and targets concerning soils and land use (Section 3), followed by an overview of the implications for policy makers, land users, farmers, the private sector, civil society and academics (Section 4).
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