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Definition of "Life on Land"

"The fifteenth goal is devoted to:

  • the restoration and protection of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems,
  • forest management,
  • fighting desertification,
  • reversing land degradation, and
  • stopping biodiversity loss."

UN Sustainable Development Goals. (2023). In Gale Global Issues Online Collection. Gale. URL 

Helpful UN links for SDG #15 Life on Land

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Suggested search terms for Goal #15 Life on Land

These keywords are SOME of the terms that will help you research this goal. Use these in the main search box on the library homepage, library databases, and Google. Try combining them for the best search.

Develop your own key terms as you read about your topic and solution.

Note: Put quotation marks around phrases when you search (ie "extreme poverty")

Key terms:

alien species
biological invasion
community based conservation
community-based conservation
deforest* OR desertif* 
ecological resilience
ecosystem* OR eco-system*
endangered species
extinction risk
extinction wave
fire-fallow cultivation
*forest* OR land conservation
forest auditing
forest certification
forest management
forest stewardship council
genetic resources
habitat fragmentation
habitat loss
habitat restoration
human-wildlife conflict
illegal logging
invasive species
land degradation OR soil degradation
land use
mountain vegetation
Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources
protected area
rainforest alliance
Red List species OR Red List Index
soil restoration OR land restoration
sustainable land management
terrestrial OR land OR inland
threatened species
timber harvest
tree cover
trophic cascade
trophic level
trophic web
wetland* OR mountain* 
wildlife market
wildlife product
wildlife traffic
wildlife trafficking





For more about the key terms, see the Elsevier 2019 Scopus queries.