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SDG 14. CONSERVE AND SUSTAINABLY USE THE OCEANS, SEAS AND MARINE RESOURCES


BY CHOOSING PEFC PRODUCTS 
YOU CONTRIBUTE TO PRESERVE LIFE BELOW WATER BY SECURING RIVERS AND COASTAL WATERS

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The world’s oceans drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of ocean health that is affecting the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity and therefore food security and basic human needs.

 

Forests & life below water

Forests through streams, rivers and mangroves are directly impacting the stability of the oceans.

When forest cover is disturbed or removed entirely, sedimentation increases and water regulation functions are disturbed. Hence, reducing deforestation will help to reduce sedimentation which improves the condition of coastal waters, thereby benefiting aquatic ecosystems.

Mangrove forests are considered to be among the most productive ecosystems on earth and serve many important functions, including, prevention of coastal erosion, coastal protection from storms, water filtration, carbon storage, food, timber, and livelihood provision, and biodiversity protection, among others. It is estimated that about 80% of the world's global fish catches depend on Mangroves directly or indirectly.

 

PEFC’s contribution to SDG # 14

Good sustainable forest management practice reduces sedimentation, improving the condition of rivers and coastal waters and benefitting aquatic ecosystems 

SDG 14

 

PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management requirements contributing to SDG #14:

  • PEFC’s national sustainable forest management requirements
  • PEFC’s chain of custody standards

Forest certification is all about sound, responsible management of forests, which is key to avoiding deforestation. Maintaining or increasing forests and their ecosystem services (8.1.1) as well as their health and vitality (8.2.1) is therefore an important requirement in PEFC certification. Certification also entails that the quantity and quality of the forest resources and the capacity of the forest to store and sequester carbon is safeguarded (8.1.2).

PEFC prohibits conversions (8.1.4) and requires that the protective functions of forests, such as their potential role in erosion control, flood prevention, water purification needs to be maintained or enhanced (8.5.1). Moreover, ecologically important forest areas must be identified, protected, conserved or set aside (8.4.2) and climate positive practices in management operations are encouraged. (8.1.3).

>> More about the SDGs on the UN website 

>> More about PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management Requirements