Journal article

Environmental destruction not avoided with the Sustainable Development Goals

Yiwen Zeng, Sean Maxwell, Rebecca K Runting, Oscar Venter, James EM Watson, L Roman Carrasco

NATURE SUSTAINABILITY | NATURE RESEARCH | Published : 2020

Abstract

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were designed to reconcile environmental protection with socioeconomic development. Here, we compare SDG indicators to a suite of external measures, showing that while most countries are progressing well towards environmental SDGs, this has little relationship with actual biodiversity conservation, and instead better represents socioeconomic development. If this continues, the SDGs will likely serve as a smokescreen for further environmental destruction throughout the decade.

Grants

Awarded by National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore


Funding Acknowledgements

We thank S. Z. Z. Rahim and D. C. J. Yeo for their contributions towards improving this paper. Y.Z. and L.R.C. acknowledge support from the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore under its Commonwealth Research Fellowship grant NRF-CSC-ICFC2017-05.