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.
Goals in action
The project is reducing the vulnerability of farmers in the Dry Zone to increasing drought and rainfall variability, as well as enhancing their capacity to plan for and respond to future climate change impacts on food security. Read More >>
The UNDP Myanmar Annual Report 2017 and 2013-2017 Results Report provide details of the impact and results of UNDP’s work in these three outcome areas, as well as on funding and partners.
The 2017 Myanmar Living Conditions Survey (MLCS) is a large scale multi-topic living conditions survey implemented by the Central Statistical Organization of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, and supported by the World Bank (WB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Read More >>