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

European Aquaculture Society

EAS 1976 Ostend Belgium D

European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform

EATiP Liège Belgium F y

European Association Architectural Heritage Restoration Firms

1992 Madrid Spain D

European Association for Aquatic Mammals

EAAM 1972 Brussels Belgium 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 Granada 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 Association of Geographers

EUROGEO 1979 Saragossa Spain F

European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

EAZA 1988 Amsterdam Netherlands D

European Boating Industry

EBI 2009 Brussels Belgium D t

European Buddhist Union

EBU 1973 Paris France D

European Bureau for Conservation and Development

EBCD 1989 Brussels Belgium F

European Business Aviation Association

EBAA 1977 Brussels Belgium D

European Centre for Heritage Crafts and Professions

1976 Thiene Italy E gt

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 Lelystad Netherlands E

European Cetacean Bycatch Campaign


European Cetacean Society

ECS 1987 Koper Slovenia D v

European Charter on Environment and Health

1989 T g

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

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 Conservator-Restorers' Organisations

ECCO 1991 Brussels Belgium D y

European Conference on Chemistry and the Environment

Wroclaw Poland S c

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

European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources

ECPGR 1980 Maccarese Italy E g

European Cooperative Research Network on Sustainable Rural Environmental and Energy

SREN 1981 Braunschweig Germany K

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 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 Environmental and Contact Dermatitis Research Group

EECDRG 1984 D v

European Environmental Bureau

EEB 1974 Brussels Belgium E y

European Environmental Centre, Warsaw

1994 Warsaw Poland G

European Environmental Communication Networks

EECN 1995 F

European Environmental Law Forum

EELF Leipzig Germany F