The SFM and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Forest Management bill supports the SDGs. It also contributes to targets under the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP). Learn more here.

Learn more about the Sustainable Forest Management bill in our Primer.

1. No Poverty

  • The bill aims to provide sustainable livelihood and enterprises especially among those depending and temporarily residing in forest lands

2. Zero Hunger

  • The bill promotes and supports community-based forest enterprises to address food security and improve quality of life

3. Good health and well-being

  • The bill highlights the ecosystem services of forests, including the recreational benefits they provide to sustain our mental, emotional, spiritual, and overall health

4. Quality Education

  • This proposed legislation strengthens forestry research, education, training and extension to support sustainable management of forest resources

5. Gender Equality

  • Women are recognized to have access rights and responsibilities in forest lands to think and implement sustainable ideas following the ridge to reef approach

6. Clean Water and Sanitation

  • Production forest lands shall have the function of producing forest products including fresh waters for domestic use while protection forest lands shall function to sustain life support systems.
  • Forests play a huge part of the hydrologic cycle as trees take up groundwater, goes through the leaves then evaporates, turning water into water vapor. It undergoes condensation which turns into rainwater

7. Affordable and clean energy

  • In the case of protection forest lands, a Forest Management Agreement may be entered for a special use of forest land including renewable energy projects.

8. Decent work and Economic growth

  • The bill recognizes forest-based industries to promote global competitiveness, support domestic demands for wood and other products and enhance economic contribution to the country

9. Industry, Harmonization and Infrastructure

  • Production forest lands are delineated from protection forest lands as establishment of built-up facilities are prohibited in the latter, except for special uses consistent with sustainable forest management strategies

10. Reduced Inequalities

  • This bill aims to provide equitable access to forestlands and forest resources, qualifies local and indigenous communities as forest managers, and prioritizes forest land use right rights of indigenous peoples, organizations and households

11. Sustainable cities and communities

  • This bill requires every local government unit to establish and maintain tree parks and green spaces. Non-compliance shall be penalized.

12. Responsible Consumption and production

  • Under the proposed bill, any person shall be required to comply with the national certification system that will be established by the Forest management Bureau (FMB) in partnership with all concerned stakeholders to outline the rules, procedures, management, and chain-of-custody of forest products in the country.

13. Climate Action

  • This bill prioritizes the protection of forest ecosystem since they regulate temperature, control flooding and other disasters, and serves as our umbrella against the deadly effects of climate change.

14. Life Below water

  • This bill requires forest managers to undertake a watershed approach as everything is interconnected – the activities done in the forests positively or negatively affect our marine biodiversity.

15. Life on land

  • This bill directly contributes to the goal to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally.
  • The 40% minimum required forest cover (Pulhin, 2002) to maintain per island answers Indicator 15.2.1. on the proportion of forest area located legally established protected areas indicating the extent to which forest is managed for the protection and maintenance of biodiversity and other natural and cultural resources.

16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

  • This bill enables the development of mechanisms to law enforcement agencies and local government agencies to harmonize sustainable forest management strategies to CLUPs and local development plans. It also reconstitutes the FMB as a line bureau to be more responsive and proactive to all stakeholders.

17. Partnerships for the Goals

  • The bill specifies the need to strengthen networks and linkages with international institutions, civil society organizations, local government units and industries in promoting and practicing sustainable forest management