Life on Land - WUR Sustainable Development Goal

15. Life on land

In the Planet Earth Management research by WUR the perspective is the earth and its resources for mankind.

Wageningen University & Research focusses its research on two aspects of life on land. On the one hand, emphasis is on the impact of human actions on the intrinsic and utalitarian values of the earth ecosystem. On the other hand, it is on maintaining the resilience of planet Earth by guiding societal choices to be made in land, water and sea management.

Our goal: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, manage forests sustainably, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss

Research projects

Examples of WUR projects

Better forest management, more income


A billion people worldwide depend on the forest for survival. Much of this forest, however, is hardly maintained, making it harder for it to yield products such as firewood and food, with people suffering as a result. WUR has demonstrated that the situation improves when inhabitants and professionals work together, exchange knowledge and agree on rules for effective forest management. In the Lao Cai region of Vietnam this approach has led over a ten-year period to a forest area increase of a third and a local household income increase of one fifth. Yet another way Wageningen University & Research is working on the quality of life.

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More green in China


Due to erosion, the rich soil of the Loess Plateau in China in the Yellow River disappeared. Researchers from WUR advised the Chinese government on how to reduce the washing away of this soil. Replanting and limiting of grazing and agricultural activities have made the area green again, and assure the maintenance of food production. The contamination of the soil and water by crop protection agents is still a problem. The researchers from Wageningen are therefore working together with local parties on land-use and management, that takes into account people and the environment.

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