2019 Goal 6 assessment

Published: November 1, 2019

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 15.2 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

2019 Goal 6 assessment
2019 Goal 6 assessment [Low Resolution]
2019 Goal 6 assessment [Low Resolution]