The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

USC Canada - Sustainable Use of Diversity and Resources in Northern Potosi

USC Canada has worked in Bolivia since 2007. Program partner and independent Bolivian NGO PRODII, is dedicated to working with rural families in remote mountain communities of the Department of Potosí. They work closely with indigenous farming communities to improve diversity, productive capacity and economic benefits from Andean highland farming systems.

PRODII uses a methodology for capacity development with three thematic priorities: personal growth and empowerment for small rural producers, entrepreneurial culture, and agricultural biodiversity, all building on and respecting the Andean cosmovision. Bolivia’s indigenous peoples have developed sustainable agricultural systems through their creativity and dynamic management skills and the conservation and sustainable use of plant resources.

Goal 15: Life on Land

Human life depends on the earth as much as the ocean for our sustenance and livelihoods. Plant life provides 80 percent of our human diet, and we rely on agriculture as an important economic resource and means of development. Forests account for 30 percent of the Earth’s surface, providing vital habitats for millions of species and important sources for clean air and water; as well as being crucial for combating climate change.

Today we are seeing unprecedented land degradation, and the loss of arable land at 30 to 35 times the historical rate. Drought and desertification is also on the rise each year, amounting to the loss of 12 million hectares and affects poor communities globally. Of the 8,300 animal breeds known, 8 percent are extinct and 22 percent are at risk of extinction.

The SDGs aim to conserve and restore the use of terrestrial ecosystems such as forests, wetlands, drylands and mountains by 2020. Halting deforestation is also vital to mitigating the impact of climate change. Urgent action must be taken to reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity which are part of our common heritage.