Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and People

A new comprehensive assessment of potential and anticipated impacts of efforts towards attaining the different SDGs on forests and forest-related livelihoods and development has just been published.

This book discusses the conditions that influence how SDGs are implemented and prioritized, and provides a systematic, multidisciplinary global assessment of interlinkages among the SDGs and their targets, increasing understanding of potential synergies and unavoidable trade-offs between goals from the point of view of forests and people. Ideal for academic researchers, students and decision-makers interested in sustainable development in the context of forests, this book will provide invaluable knowledge for efforts undertaken to reach the SDGs.

The assessment was undertaken by the IUFRO Special Project World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO WFSE). It involved 120 scientists and experts from 60 different universities and research and development institutions as well as 38 scientists who acted as peer reviewers of the different SDG chapters. The development and publication of the book and policy brief were made possible thanks to financial contributions from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Natural Resources Institute Finland.

Edited by Pia Katila, Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Wil de Jong, Glenn Galloway, Pablo Pacheco, and Georg Winkel

Find out more through IUFRO WFSE:
Contact: Pia Katila, pia.katila(at)

The printed version will be available after 12 December 2019.

The open access version of the book is available at Cambridge Core:

The related Policy Brief Harnessing Forests for the Sustainable Development Goals: Building Synergies and Mitigating Trade-offs is available here:

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