Policy Briefs


Harnessing forests for the Sustainable Development Goals: Building synergies and mitigating trade-offs

Key Messages

Forests hold an important potential to contribute to achieving the SDGs

Strengthening the contributions requires focusing on goals and targets that improve:

  • Participatory governance (decision and rulemaking)
  • Administration, policy and regulatory framework and effective enforcement
  • Accountability, transparent institutions like for instance tenure security and rights
  • Access to markets and finance
  • Education, skills and capacities
  • Social capital and absence of conflict

The pursuit of some SDGs and targets can have negative impacts on forests and people

The SDGs that are likely to have negative impacts on forests include, for instance SDG 2 (Zero hunger), SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy), SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure).


  • Pia Katila
  • Wil De Jong
  • Carol J. Pierce Colfer
  • Glenn Galloway

ISBN 978-3-903345-00-3

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