Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

Life Below Water

The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters owing to pollution and ocean acidification is having an adversarial effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. This is also negatively impacting small scale fisheries.

Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II Type III

Africa Inland Mission International

AIM International 1895 Nottingham UK F

African Network for Basin Organizations

ANBO 2002 Dakar Senegal E

African Sea Kayak Society, The

TASK 1997 Cape Town South Africa N

Åland Foundation for the Baltic Sea

1989 Mariehamn Finland N f Foundations

Asia Offshore Association

AOA Hong Kong Hong Kong J

Asian-Pacific Society of Marine Biotechnology

APSMB 1995 Taipei Taiwan D

Association internationale de défense du saumon atlantique

AIDSA 1958 Paris France G

Atlantic Salmon Federation

ASF 1982 St Andrews NB Canada G

Baltic Marine Biologists

BMB 1968 D v

Baltic Operational Oceanographic System

BOOS Tallinn Estonia F

Beachcombers' and Oceanographers' International Association

1996 Seattle WA USA N

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

BIOS 1903 St George's Bermuda G Institutes

Big Rivers Association


Black Sea Coastal Association

BSCA 1997 Varna Bulgaria G

Central Caribbean Marine Institute

CCMI 1998 Princeton NJ USA G j Institutes

Coastal Footprint


Coastal Zone Asia-Pacific Association

CZAPA Bangkok Thailand E Conference Series

Coastwatch Europe

CWE Dublin Ireland G

Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf


Common Wadden Sea Secretariat

CWSS 1987 Wilhelmshaven Germany E g IGOs

Conference of Baltic Oceanographers

CBO 1957 Klaip&oeda Lithuania F c Conference Series

Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia

COBSEA 1981 Bangkok Thailand E g IGOs

Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association

ECSA 1971 Plymouth UK D

European Association for Aquatic Mammals

EAAM 1972 Harderwijk Netherlands D

European Association of Fish Pathologists

EAFP 1979 Zagreb Croatia D

European Centre for Marine Mammal Rehabilitation

Montpellier France N

European Elasmobranch Association

EEA 1996 Plymouth UK D

European Federation of Sea Anglers

EFSA 1961 Kingston upon Thames UK D

European Global Ocean Observing System

EuroGOOS 1994 Brussels Belgium E

European Ichthyological Society

EIS 1976 Anavyssos Greece D

European Institute of Underwater Archeology

1985 Paris France N j Institutes

European Marine Biological Resource Centre

EMBRC 2011 Paris France E g IGOs

European Marine Board

EMB 1995 Ostend Belgium D

European Rivers Network

ERN 1994 Le Puy France F

European Salmon Smokers Association

ESSA Brussels Belgium D

European Sea Scouting


European Society for Marine Biotechnology

ESMB 1995 Tromsø Norway D

European Union Fish Processors Association

1959 Brussels Belgium E

FRIEND/Nile Basin

1996 Cairo Egypt K g IGOs

Geohazards International

1991 Menlo Park CA USA N

Global Alliance of Continuous Plankton Recorder Surveys

GACS 2011 Plymouth UK E

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network

GCRMN 1995 Gland Switzerland F

Global Ocean Observing System

GOOS 1992 Paris France F g IGOs

Global Ocean Observing System for Africa

GOOS Africa Paris France E

Global Ocean Trust


Global Oceans


GOOS Regional Alliance for the South East Pacific

GRASP 2003 Paris France E

High Seas Alliance

HSA 2011 Halifax NS Canada C y International Federations

Inter-Secretariat Committee on Scientific Programmes Relating to Oceanography

ICSPRO 1969 Paris France K g IGOs

International Arctic Buoy Programme