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

Environmental Investigation Agency

EIA 1984 London UK G

Environmental Justice Foundation

EJF 2000 London UK G f Foundations

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

ELAW 1989 Eugene OR USA F

Environmental Law Institute

ELI 1969 Washington DC USA G Institutes

Environmental Law Network International

ELNI 1990 Bingen Germany F

Environmental Management Accounting Network

EMAN 1997 Lüneburg Germany F

Environmental Management Group

EMG 2001 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

Environmental Mutagen Society

1969 Reston VA USA G

Environmental Noetic Study and Service Centre Association

ENSCA Nideggen Germany N

Environmental Paper Network

EPN 2002 Asheville NC USA F y International Federations

Environmental Partnership for Sustainable Development

EPSD 1991 Brno Czech Rep F

Environmental Policy and Society

EPOS 1991 Linköping Sweden G

Environmental Training Network for Latin America and the Caribbean

1980 Panama Panama F g IGOs

Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy

EFN 1996 Houilles France G

Environnement sans frontière

ESF 1989 Paris France G

Espoir et vie

1995 Loriol France N

Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association

ECSA 1971 Plymouth UK D

EU Defence Environmental Network

DEFNET 2001 F g IGOs

EU Federation of National Organizations of Importers and Exporters of Fish

1963 Brussels Belgium E

EU Umweltbüro

1994 Vienna Austria G


1996 Frankfurt-Main Germany D

Euro Chlor

1989 Brussels Belgium E

Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics

ICoD 1987 Msida Malta E g IGOs


2001 Copenhagen Denmark F g FAO Bodies, IGOs


2017 E g IGOs


Paris France E UNESCO Bodies

EuroNatur - European Nature Heritage Fund

1987 Radolfzell Germany F f Funds, Foundations

Europan Committee for Conservation of Bryophytes

ECCB 1990 Portree UK D

EUROPARC Federation

1973 Regensburg Germany E

Europe Écologie - Les Verts

EELV 2016 Montreuil France J

European Academy for Environmental Medicine

EUROPAEM Hermeskeil Germany E

European Academy of the Urban Environment, Berlin

EA-UE 1991 Berlin Germany G

European Alpine Ibex Specialist Group

1988 Turin Italy E

European Anglers Alliance

EAA 1994 Brussels Belgium F

European Aquaculture Society

EAS 1976 Ostend Belgium D

European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform

EATiP Liège Belgium F y International Federations

European Association Architectural Heritage Restoration Firms

1992 Madrid Spain D

European Association for Aquatic Mammals

EAAM 1972 Harderwijk Netherlands D

European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage

ProGEO Oslo Norway D

European Association for the Promotion of Sustainable and Responsible Fisheries

Blue Fish Lorient France D

European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment

EASLCE La Laguna Spain D

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

EAERE 1990 Venice Italy D v

European Association of Fish Pathologists

EAFP 1979 Zagreb Croatia D

European Association of Fish Producers Organizations

EAPO 1980 Ostend Belgium D

European Association of Fisheries Economists

EAFE 1989 Sukarrieta Spain E

European Bureau for Conservation and Development

EBCD 1989 Brussels Belgium F

European Centre for Heritage Crafts and Professions

1976 Thiene Italy E g Professional Bodies, IGOs

European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology

EurOcean 2002 Lisbon Portugal G

European Centre for Marine Mammal Rehabilitation

Montpellier France N

European Centre for Restoration Techniques

ECR 1988 Heusden-Zolder Belgium G