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SDG 15: Life on Land

A flourishing life on land is the foundation for our life on this planet.

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. We are all part of the planet’s ecosystem and we have caused severe damage to it through deforestation, loss of natural habitats and land degradation. Goal 15 is about promoting a sustainable use of our ecosystems and preserving biodiversity, which is the key to our own survival.

SDG 15: Life on Land

Casital Azul creates sustainability changemakers in Costa Rica

Pictured here: Dana Craig, director of student learning and academic success for York University Libraries teaching a class at Casita Azul.

Casita Azul, “the Little Blue House,” is the smallest library branch in the York University Libraries’ system, but it has a big presence at Las Nubes – York University’s EcoCampus in Costa Rica. Casita Azul not only serves as a place for research and knowledge mobilization, it is also a community hub for research dissemination, citizen science, outreach and community engagement that is available to seven villages in the local area. Since the Las Nubes campus has an environmental focus, library staff work closely with local groups to promote conservation and biodiversity protection and awareness as part of the University’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



publications relevant

to SDG 15



of publications co-authored with international institutions

The Indigenous Climate Change Futures Project

Home to Centre for
Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation

Catalyzing Interdisciplinary
Research Cluster on
Partnership for Youth &
Planetary Wellbeing

Las Nubes EcoCampus

sits on 427.7 acres of land hosting the Lillian Meighen Wright Centre landmark building, the Casita Azul community
library & several conservation areas, including the Las Nubes Biological Reserve.


programs relevant
or related to SDG 15


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