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Goal 15 - Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of land ecosystems. Reverse biodiversity loss and land degradation

Life on land


Amazon rainforest ecosystem

A major study assisted by researchers from Lancaster, into landscape changes in the Brazilian Amazon, has shed new light on the many environmental threats the biome faces – but also offers encouraging opportunities for ecological sustainability in the world’s most biodiverse tropical forest. The study’s findings are critical because as the Amazon moves closer towards a ‘tipping point’, they provide a robust evidence base to inform urgently needed conservation and regeneration priorities in the forest.

Biodiversity in solar farms

Lancaster University researchers have helped to develop a new standard approach to assess how solar farms affect biodiversity. New guidance from the research will help guide solar farms in how to better understand the ecological potential of solar farms; including protecting mammals, encouraging habitats for breeding birds and planting wildflowers.

Agriculture in South America

An international team of researchers from the universities of San Luis in Argentina and Lancaster University, used satellite imagery and field observations over the last four decades, to track how large-scale agriculture affects flooding in the Argentinean Pampas.


Natural habitats

On our Ecology and Conservation degrees, you will have the opportunity to experience a range of exciting fieldwork modules - from the Doñana National Park in the southwest of Spain which is home to a plethora of plant and animal species, to the Rift Valley of Kenya, where you will evaluate the challenge of balancing tropical conversation and human activity.

Lake Carter on campus

University Operations

Green Flag Award

Our outdoor spaces on campus have received the Green Flag Award for the twelfth year in a row – the international benchmark for the quality of green spaces.

Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Our campus is 'Gold Accredited' by the national Biodiversity Programme; Hedgehog Friendly Campus. The campaign is coordinated by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and assesses institutions across the Higher Education sector, recognising sustainable processes and practices that protect hedgehogs and allow them to thrive.

Student Engagement


ECOWoods is a project run by Green Lancaster to restore and maintain the natural landscape across campus and the nearby University-owned Forrest Hills. Volunteer staff and students have planted more than 4000 trees over the last 3 years to build natural habitats and promote biodiversity.