2018 Goal 6 assessment

Published: November 1, 2018

Key Messages

  • Goal 6 has been achieved through the inclusion of forests in the targets and indicators of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by United Nations’ member states in 2015.
  • SDG 15 in particular outlines the ambitious goal of halting deforestation by 2020. However, because the indicators focus on net rather than gross deforestation, they fail to provide information on the extent of deforestation in natural forests, weakening the targets in practice.
  • A number of organizations, including the United Nations, track progress and report on the SDGs and forest targets. The SDG indicators and subindicators are hard to quantify, making it challenging to assess progress

Further Resources

2018 Goal 6 assessment
2018 Goal 6 assessment [Low Resolution]
2018 Goal 6 assessment [Low Resolution]