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

Agreement Relating to a Joint Ocean Weather Station in the North Atlantic

1949 T g

Agreement Relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982

1994 T g

Agreement Relating to the International Convention for Regulating the Police of the North Sea Fisheries

1955 T g

Agreement Respecting the Whangpoo Conservancy

1905 T g

Agreement to Promote Compliance with the International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas

1993 Rome RM Italy T g

Agrion

2006 Paris France F

AgroEcology Fund

AEF 2012 F f

AID/WATCH

1992 Erskineville NSW Australia G

AIDA

1998 San Francisco CA USA J

Air and Waste Management Association

A and WMA 1907 Pittsburgh PA USA G

Åland Foundation for the Baltic Sea

1989 Mariehamn Finland N f

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

1939 Boston MA USA G

Albertine Rift Conservation Society

ARCOS 1995 Cambridge UK E

Alcoa Foundation

1952 F f

Aleut International Association

AIA 1998 Anchorage AK USA G

Algalita

1999 Long Beach CA USA G

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

AGRA 2006 Nairobi Kenya F

Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment

ACE 1995 Brussels Belgium F

Alliance for Zero Extinction

AZE 2005 The Plains VA USA C y

Alliance homme-environnement d'Afrique, Congo DR

AMEA J

Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums

AMMPA 1987 G y

Alliance of Religions and Conservation

ARC 1995 Bath UK F

Alliance pour la Préservation des Forêts

APF Paris France G

Alliance to End Plastic Waste

AEPW 2019 Dover DE USA C

Alpine Ibex European Specialist Group

GSE-AIESG 1988 Turin TO Italy E

ALTER-Net

Brussels Belgium F y

Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research

ACEER 1991 West Chester PA USA G

Amazon Conservation Association

ACA 1999 Washington DC USA G

Amazon Conservation Team

ACT Arlington VA USA G

Amendments to the Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution

1995 T g

Amendments to the Protocol for the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft

1995 T g

American Academy of Environmental Medicine

AAEM 1965 Wichita KS USA N v

American Fisheries Society

AFS 1870 Bethesda MD USA G v

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

ASLO 1936 Waco TX USA N

AmeriGEOSS

E g

Amphibian Ark

AArk Apple Valley MN USA E y

Amphibian Survival Alliance

ASA Austin TX USA C

Andean Institute of Ecology and Development

Cusco Cusco Peru G j

Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics

2015 S c

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition

ASOC 1978 Washington DC USA F y

Antarctic Treaty

1959 Buenos Aires Argentina F g

Apostleship of the Sea - Stella Maris

AOS 1922 Vatican City Vatican R

Aquacultural Engineering Society

AES 1993 Copper Hill VA USA D

Aquaculture Stewardship Council

ASC 2010 Utrecht Netherlands F

Aquaverde

2002 Geneva GE Switzerland G

Arab Drilling and Workover Company

ADWOC 1980 Tripoli Libyan AJ K eg

Arab Federation of Fish Producers

AFFP 1976 Tunis Tunisia D g

Arab Fisheries Company

AFC 1978 E eg

Arab Forum for Environment and Development

AFED 2006 Beirut Beirut Lebanon F y

Arab Foundation for Marine Environment

AFME 1995 Alexandria Alexandria Egypt F f

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