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

Energy Charter Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Effects

1994 T g

Energypact Foundation

2007 Vienna Austria F f


Mons Belgium J

Enterprise for the Americas Initiative and Tropical Forest Conservation Act

EAI/TFCA 1992 Washington DC USA G

Entreprise Works / VITA

Washington DC USA G

Envirofit International

2003 Fort Collins CO USA N

Environic Foundation International

EFI 1970 Glen Allen VA USA F fv

Environment Africa

EA 1990 Harare Zimbabwe G

Environment and Development Resource Centre

EDRC 1988 Amsterdam Netherlands G v

Environment Congress for Asia and the Pacific


Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development

Environmental Ambassadors 2004 Belgrade Serbia G

Environmental Coalition on Standards

ECOS 2001 Brussels Belgium D y

Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe

ENCORE 1993 Munich Germany F c

Environmental Defense Fund

EDF 1967 New York NY USA G

Environmental Design Research Association

EDRA 1968 McLean VA USA G

Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa

EEASA 1982 Grahamstown South Africa D

Environmental Evaluators Network

EEN 2006 F

Environmental Foundation for Africa

EFA Freetown Sierra Leone G f

Environmental Investigation Agency

EIA 1984 London UK G

Environmental Justice Foundation

EJF 2000 London UK G f

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

ELAW 1989 Eugene OR USA F

Environmental Law Institute

ELI 1969 Washington DC USA G

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

Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society

EMGS 1969 Jacksonville FL USA G

Environmental Noetic Study and Service Centre Association

ENSCA Nideggen Germany N

Environmental Paper Network

EPN 2002 Asheville NC USA F y

Environmental Partnership for Sustainable Development

EPSD 1991 Brno Czech Rep F

Environmental Peacebuilding Association

EnPAx 2018 Washington DC USA C y

Environmental Policy and Society

EPOS 1991 Linköping Sweden G

Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy

EFN 1996 Houilles France G

Environnement et développement du Tiers-monde

enda 1972 Dakar Senegal F y

Environnement sans frontière

ESF 1989 Paris France G

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference

Equality Diversity Inclusion Conference 2008 S c

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

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


2017 E g


Paris France E

EuroNatur - European Nature Heritage Fund

1987 Radolfzell Germany F f

Europan Committee for Conservation of Bryophytes

ECCB 1990 Portree UK D

EUROPARC Federation

1973 Regensburg Germany E

Europe Écologie - Les Verts

EELV Montreuil France G

European Academy for Environmental Medicine

EUROPAEM Hermeskeil Germany E

European Academy of the Urban Environment, Berlin

EA-UE 1991 Berlin Germany G