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 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

European Federation of Inland Ports

EFIP 1994 Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of Nautical Tourism Destinations

FEDETON 2009 Paris France G

European Federation of Sea Anglers

EFSA 1961 Kingston upon Thames UK D

European Federation of the Trade in Dried Fruit, Edible Nuts, Processed Fruit and Vegetables, Processed Fishery Products, Spices, Honey and Similar Foodstuffs

FRUCOM 1960 Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services

1981 Brussels Belgium D

European Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Organization

EFARO 1989 Ijmuiden Netherlands D

European Fisheries Control Agency

EFCA 2002 Vigo Spain E g European Union Bodies, IGOs

European Fishing Tackle Trade Association

EFTTA 1981 London UK D v

European Forum for Golf and Environment

North Berwick UK G