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

100 Historic Sites of the Mediterranean Coastal Heritage

1989 Marseille France K

1996 Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and other Matter

LC Prot 1996 1996 London UK T g

5 Gyres Institute

5GYRES Santa Monica CA USA G

A New Course

Bainbridge Island WA USA G

A Rocha International

1983 London UK F

Abolition 2000 - Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

Abolition 2000 1995 Oakland CA USA F y

Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative

AGEDI 2002 G g

Academic Council on the United Nations System

ACUNS 1987 Coventry UK E y

Académie d'environnement d'expression francophone, philosophique et scientifique

1977 Le Vésinet France G jv

Accord RAMOGE

Monte Carlo Monaco E g

Ace Africa

2003 London UK F

Act Regarding Navigation and Economic Cooperation between the States of the Niger Basin

1963 T g

Acting for Life

1973 Le Bourget France G

Action for Dolphins

AFD Mullumbimby NSW Australia G

Action for Greening Sahel

1991 Tokyo Japan N

Action for Solidarity, Equality, Environment and Diversity

A SEED 1992 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Action Plan for Protection, Development and Management of the Marine Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region

NOWPAP 1991 Busan Korea Rep F g

Action Plan for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the East Asian Region

EAS 1981 Bangkok Thailand F g

Action Plan for the Protection and Management of the South Asia Seas Region

SASP 1995 Colombo Sri Lanka F g

Action Plan for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas in the South East Pacific

SE/PCF 1981 Guayaquil Ecuador F g

Action positive pour l'environnement et le développement en Afrique centrale

APEDAC 2002 Ndjamena Chad G

Action vivre ensemble

1977 Brussels Belgium G

Adessium Foundation

Reeuwijk Netherlands G f

Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea

ACOPS 1952 London UK E y

Aerospace Medical Association

ASMA 1929 Alexandria VA USA G y

Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group

ABCG 2000 Washington DC USA G y

Africa Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science

ACCESS Rondebosch South Africa F

Africa Civil Society for the Information Society

ACSIS 2003 Dakar Senegal D

Africa Earth Observatory Network

AEON Port Elizabeth South Africa N

Africa Fund for Fungal Biodiversity and Mycotic Infections

Utrecht Netherlands G f

Africa Leadership Forum

ALF 1988 Ota Nigeria F

Africa Nomads Conservation

ANC Nairobi Kenya G

African and Caribbean Diversity

ACD 1990 London UK G

African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment

AARSE 1992 El Jadida Morocco D y

African Biodiversity Network

ABN 2002 Thika Kenya F

African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education

ACARE D

African Centre for Assistance and Protection of the Environment of the Sahel

Dakar Senegal G

African Centre for Biodiversity

ACB Johannesburg South Africa G

African Centre for Fertilizer Development

ACFD 1987 Harare Zimbabwe E g

African Conservation Centre

ACC Nairobi Kenya G

African Conservation Foundation

ACF 1999 London UK G f

African Conservation Tillage Network

ACT 1999 Nairobi Kenya F

African Conservation Trust

ACT 2000 Pietermaritzburg South Africa G

African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

1968 T g

African Development Aid Association

ADAA 1988 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G

African Geoparks Network

AGN 2009 El Jadida Morocco F

African Green Foundation International

AGFI 1995 Garki Nigeria J f

African Greens Federation

AGF 2010 Kigali Rwanda D

African Library and Information Associations and Institutions

AfLIA 2013 Accra Ghana D

African Life Cycle Assessment Network

ALCANET J

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