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 Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society

EEMGS 1970 UK D v

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

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

European Federation of Green Roof and Wall 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 t

European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services

1981 Brussels Belgium D

European Fisheries Alliance

EUFA Brussels Belgium E t

European Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Organization

EFARO 1989 Ijmuiden Netherlands D

European Fisheries Control Agency

EFCA 2005 Vigo Spain E g

European Fishing Tackle Trade Association

EFTTA 1981 London UK D tv

European Fismeal and Fish Oil Producers

European Fishmeal 1963 Copenhagen Denmark E t

European Football for Development Network

EFDN 2014 Breda Netherlands F

European Forum for Golf and Environment

North Berwick UK G

European Forum for Restorative Justice

EFRJ 2000 Leuven Belgium F

European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment

2005 Lund Sweden F

European Forum of Heritage Associations

FORUM 1990 Padua Italy F

European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism

EFNCP Lampeter UK F

European Geoparks Network

EGN 2000 Digne les Bains France F

European Global Ocean Observing System

EuroGOOS 1994 Brussels Belgium E

European GMO-Free Regions Network

2005 Wiesbaden Germany F g

European Green Belt Association

EGBA 2014 Radolfzell Germany E

European Green Party

EGP 1984 Brussels Belgium F y

European Green Vehicles Initiative Association

EGVIA 2013 Brussels Belgium E y

European Greenways Association

EGWA 1998 Madrid Spain D

European Habitats Forum

EHF 1993 Brussels Belgium F y

European Harbour Masters' Committee

EHMC 1985 Rotterdam Netherlands E v

European Herpetological Society

1979 Milan Italy D

European Ichthyological Society

EIS 1976 Anavyssos Greece D

European Informatics Market

Eurim 1994 London UK G

European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission

EIFAAC 1957 Rome Italy E g

European Institute for Environmental Education, Interpretation and Training

PANGEA Institute 1992 Sabaudia Italy G j

European Institute for Managing Diversity

EIMD 1996 Barcelona Spain N j

European Institute for Wood Preservation

WEI-IEO 1951 Brussels Belgium D j

European Institute of Marine Studies

1991 Plouzané France N j

European Life and Health Underwriters' Association

ELHUA D

European Life Network

ELN Dublin Ireland G

European Marine Biological Resource Centre

EMBRC-ERIC 2011 Paris France E g

European Marine Board

EMB 1995 Ostend Belgium D

European Marine Science Educators Association

EMSEA 2011 Oudenaarde Belgium D

European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory

EMSO Rome Italy E

European Network for Conservation/Restoration Education

ENCoRE 1997 Copenhagen Denmark F

European Network for Sustainable Tourism Development

ECOTRANS 1993 Saarbrücken Germany F y

European Network of Engineering for Agriculture and Environment

ENGAGE 1988 Bedford UK F

European Network of Environmental Professionals

ENEP 2002 Brussels Belgium D

European Network of Environmental Research Organizations

ENERO 1992 Liège Belgium F

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