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

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

European Centre for River Restoration

ECRR 1995 E

European Cetacean Bycatch Campaign


European Cetacean Society

ECS 1987 Koper Slovenia D v

European Charter on Environment and Health

1989 T g Treaties, IGOs

European Chlorinated Solvent Association

ECSA 1989 Brussels Belgium E

European Christian Environmental Network

ECEN 1998 Brussels Belgium F

European Colloquium on Geo-Chronology, Cosmo-Chronology and Isotope Geology

Jerusalem Israel S c Conference Series

European Committee of Environmental Technology Suppliers Associations

EUCETSA 1999 Brussels Belgium E

European Community on Protection of Marine Life

ECOP Marine 2002 Espenau Germany K

European Confederation of Agronomist Associations

1987 E

European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations

ECCO 1991 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

European Conference on Chemistry and the Environment

Wroclaw Poland S c Conference Series

European Conservation Agriculture Federation

ECAF 1999 Brussels Belgium D

European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling

ECORD 2003 Aix-en-Provence France E

European Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions Concerning Custody of Children and on Restoration of Custody of Children

1980 Strasbourg France T g Treaties, IGOs

European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources

ECPGR 1980 Maccarese Italy E g IGOs

European Cooperative Research Network on Sustainable Rural Environmental and Energy

SREN 1981 Braunschweig Germany K FAO Bodies

European Council for the Conservation of Fungi

ECCF 1985 Birmensdorf Switzerland D

European ECO Forum

1993 Brussels Belgium F

European Ecological Centre - Terre vivante

1994 Mens France G

European Elasmobranch Association

EEA 1996 Plymouth UK D

European Endangered Species Programme

EEP 1985 Amsterdam Netherlands K

European Environment Agency

EEA 1990 Copenhagen Denmark F g European Union Bodies, IGOs

European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils

EEAC 1993 The Hague Netherlands D

European Environment Campuses

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue France K

European Environment Information and Observation Network

EIONET 1990 Copenhagen Denmark F g European Union Bodies, IGOs

European Environmental and Contact Dermatitis Research Group

EECDRG 1984 Heidelberg Germany D v

European Environmental Bureau

EEB 1974 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

European Environmental Centre, Warsaw

1994 Warsaw Poland G

European Environmental Citizens' Organisation for Standardisation

ECOS 2001 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

European Environmental Communication Networks

EECN 1995 Paris France F

European Environmental Film Directors Society

1992 G

European Environmental Law Association

1990 Luxembourg Luxembourg D

European Environmental Law Forum

EELF Leipzig Germany F

European Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society

EEMGS 1970 Leiden Netherlands D v

European Environmental Press

EEP 1994 Paris France J

European Extruded Polystyrene Insulation Board Association

EXIBA 1987 Brussels Belgium E

European Federation for Transport and Environment

T and E 1989 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment

FEDARENE 1990 Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of Clean Air and Environmental Protection Associations

EFCA 1996 Pfinztal Germany D y International Federations

European Federation of Green Roof Associations

EFB 1997 Vienna Austria D