Sustainable Development Goals

The work of DFE corresponds to the overall objectives of the Sustainable development Goals (SDGs). The 17 goals constitute a call for action to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. DFE works to promote responsible forestry as a way to enhance environmental protection while securing the livelihoods of small forest owners and users.

DFE particularly focuses on:

  • Goal 1: No poverty
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Goal 15: Life on Land
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

The goals are interrelated, hence working with some will enhance the effect of others.

Below you can read how we do this:

Goal 1: No Poverty
DFE’s main mission is to support people living in and off the forest, mostly small-scale forest owners and forest users. DFE strives to support these groups to go beyond the subsistence level and improve their livelihood from the forest in a responsible manner. This particularly relates to Target 1.4 that underlines the importance of securing equal economic rights to resources and the ownership and control over land and other forms of inheritance and natural resources as well as appropriate use of new technology. It also relates to Target 1.5 that talks about the resilience of the poor to reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extremes and environmental shocks.

Goal 4: Quality Education
DFE particularly supports Target 4.7, Sustainable Development and Sustainable Lifestyles, which urges us to: “Ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality”

DFE supports Target 4.7 in practical and structural ways. We support the development of teaching materials and practical teaching activities promoting the knowledge about forests, the environment, and their protection. We also support the inclusion of these methods and materials into national school curricula.

Goal 5: Gender Equality
In the countries where DFE works, women are often the ones who rely on the forest to meet the family’s subsistence needs. DFE promotes gender equality in forestry worldwide as we believe that women have a vital role to play in protecting natural resources and as we believe that fighting climate change can only be successful if both sexes join hands and work together.

Through our work, we particularly focus on Target 5.1, fighting discrimination of women and girls, Target 5.5, promoting women’s leadership and participation and advocating for reforms for equal rights to inherit land and other forms of property (Target 5a) and to adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.

Goal 13: Climate Action
As a forestry organization, DFE works with many of the issues presented in Goal 13, particularly the ones concerned with strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters (Target 13.1) and the integration of climate change measures in national policies etc. (Target 13.2) and as mentioned above, by improving the education and awareness-raising on climate change mitigation, adaption and impact reduction (Target 13.3). We also work to promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate-related planning and management in our partner countries with a focus on women, youth, local and marginalized communities.

DFE also supports Target 13b that concerns the promotion of mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management (…), including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities

DFE promotes the above parts of Goal 13 by building the capacity of its partners to form forestry associations and to make these associations active in promoting climate related policies by local and national level governments.

Goal 15: Life on Land
Target 15.1 and 15.2 are some of the key issues of DFEs work as it concerns ensuring the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of forests and promotes the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, the halting of deforestation and the restoration of forests and sustainable increase of afforestation and reforestation.

Through the development of capable forestry associations for small forest owners and users with our partners in Vietnam, Nepal and Bosnia-Herzegovina, DFE is committed to fight deforestation, and the increase of forest restoration and afforestation.

Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions – goal no. 16
Through our partners, DFE works to influence and improve the legal framework concerning the interests of small forest owners and forest users and their organizations. We also support that environmental education becomes part of the educational policies to promote the right to information about how to preserve the planet for future generations. This work particularly connects to Target 16b “Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.”

Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals
Through its work, DFE strives to build an alliance with a long term goal of promoting partnerships with other civil society actors, governments and businesses in order to share experience and building up resources together. This aim particularly mirrors target 17.17.

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