Land and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Goal 15: Life on land
Target 15.1: By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements

SDG indicator 15.1.2 measures the proportion of important sites for terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity that are covered by protected areas, by ecosystem type.  According to the metadata document, establishing protected areas and safeguarding important sites contributes to protecting biodiversity and ensures the long term and sustainable use of terrestrial and freshwater natural resources.  This indicator serves as a means of measuring progress toward the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands.

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This indicator measures the proportion of terrestrial protected areas as a share of the total land area in a country.

Measurement unit
% of total land area

Other related indicators

This indicator measures the proportion of marine protected areas as a share of the total territorial waters in a country.

Measurement unit
% of territorial waters

This indicator measures the proportion of terrestrial and marine protected areas as a share of the total territorial area, including territorial waters, in a country.

Measurement unit
% of total territorial area

This indicator measures the proportion of terrestrial protected areas as a share of the total land area in a country.

This indicator is part of the set of Indicators of the Legal Security of Indigenous and Community Lands estimated by LandMark (http://www.landmarkmap.org/)

Measurement unit
Index (1; 4)

This indicator is part of the set of Indicators of the Legal Security of Indigenous and Community Lands estimated by LandMark (http://www.landmarkmap.org/)

Measurement unit
Index (1; 4)

Indicator details

Status
Tier 1

The Indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established and available methodology and standards, and that data is regularly produced by countries for at least 50 per cent of countries and of the population in every region where the indicator is relevant.