What nature takes hundreds or thousands of years to create can often be destroyed by human beings in a fraction of this time. Countless species of animals and plants are at risk of extinction. To preserve the legacy of our planet, KfW finances 446 conservation areas in 38 countries on behalf of the German Federal Government. A total of 24 of these conservation areas are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
SUMATRA – In traditional East Asian medicine, the body parts of the Sumatran tiger are used as a remedy for issues such as rheumatism or impotence. As a result – and because logging of the Indonesian rain forest is destroying its habitat – the Sumatran tiger is classified as a critically endangered species. There are only around 300 tigers left. Together with WWF and Frankfurt Zoological Society, KfW is working to preserve one of the last lowland rain forests in central Sumatra to ensure that the big cats can live long lives and not die out.
Published on KfW Stories on 28 June 2017
The described project contributes to the following United Nationsʼ Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
Protecting biodiversity, using it sustainably and fairly sharing its benefits are important factors in sustainable development. About 30 per cent of the worldʼs fish stocks are overfished. In the European part of the Atlantic, this figure is 63 per cent; in the Mediterranean, it is already 82 per cent. Global warming and the acidification of the oceans also threaten peoplesʼ livelihoods. Each year around ten million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans. This does not degrade biologically, instead it disintegrates into smaller and smaller particles. Since marine animals mistake the plastic particles for food, these particles also end up in the human food chain.
All United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda in 2015. At its heart is a list of 17 goals for sustainable development, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our world should become a place where people are able to live in peace with each other in ways that are ecologically compatible, socially just, and economically effective.