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

Arabian Aquaculture Society

Alexandria Egypt D

Arche Noah

1990 Schiltern Austria N

Architects Regional Council Asia

ARCASIA 1979 Singapore Singapore F Professional Bodies

Arctic Council

1996 Tromsø Norway D gy International Federations, IGOs

Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat

IPS Tromsí Norway E

Arctic Marine Ecosystem Research Network

ARCTOS Research Network 2002 Tromsø Norway G

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

AMAP 1991 Tromsø Norway E gy International Federations, IGOs

Arrangements for the Regulation of Antarctic Pelagic Whaling

1962 T g Treaties, IGOs

Art Nouveau European Route

2000 Barcelona Spain F y International Federations

Art Restoration for Cultural Heritage Foundation

ARCH Foundation 1991 Salzburg Austria N f Foundations

Artists Project Earth

APE Banbury UK G

ASEAN Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

1985 T g Treaties, IGOs

ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

ACB 1999 Los Baños Philippines E

Asia Institute of Urban Environment

AIUE J

Asia Offshore Association

AOA Hong Kong Hong Kong J

Asia Pacific Association of Educators in Agriculture and Environment

APEAEN 1997 Pili Philippines D

Asia Pacific Geoparks Network

APGN F

Asia-Oceania GEOSS

AOGEOSS 2016 E g IGOs

Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability

APCEA 1996 E

Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, Singapore

APCEL 1996 Singapore Singapore G

Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering Society

APCBEES 2007 Kowloon Hong Kong D

Asia-Pacific Environmental and Occupational Dermatology Group

APEOD 1991 Carlton Australia E v

Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

APFIC 1948 Bangkok Thailand E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists

APFEJ 1988 Beijing China F

Asia-Pacific Greens Federation

APGF 2005 Melbourne Australia F

Asian Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons

AAHRS 2010 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Association of Occupational and Environmental Health

AAOEH 1964 Singapore Singapore D

Asian Consortium for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Microbial Resources

ACM 2004 Tokyo Japan D

Asian Energy Institute

AEI 1989 Delhi India E jy International Federations, Institutes

Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network

AECEN 2005 Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Environmental Society

AES 1972 Delhi India D

Asian Fisheries Acoustics Society

AFAS 2016 Hokkaido Japan D

Asian Fisheries Social Science Research Network

AFSSRN 1983 Serdang Malaysia F

Asian Fisheries Society

AFS 1984 Serdang Malaysia D

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

Asian Marine Conservation Association

AMCA 1988 Kolkata India G v

Asian Network for Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry

ANAIC 1984 Saga City Japan F UNESCO Bodies

Asian Network for the Rights Of Occupational and Environmental Victims

ANROEV 1997 Delhi India D y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Asian Pacific Environmental Network

APEN 1993 Oakland CA USA G

Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia

AsiaDHRRA 1994 Quezon City Philippines E

Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network

ARRCN 1998 Yasu Japan F

Asian Society of Conservation Medicine

ASCM Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Soils and Environment Research Information Center

ASERIC 1997 Bangkok Thailand J p

Asian University Network of Environment and Disaster Risk Management

AUEDM F

Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians' Conference on Environment and Development

APPCED 1993 Seoul Korea Rep F gc Conference Series, IGOs

Asian-Pacific Regional Research and Training Centre for Integrated Fish Farming

IFFC 1978 Wuxi China E

Asian-Pacific Society of Marine Biotechnology

APSMB 1995 Taipei Taiwan D

Asociación Andina de Empresas e Instituciones de Servicio de Agua Potable y Saneamiento

ANDESAPA 1986 Quito Ecuador D

Asociación de Conservación de los Ecosistemas Andinos

ECOAN Cusco Peru G

Asociación Internacional de Profesionales de Puertos y Costas

AIPPYC Buenos Aires Argentina D Professional Bodies

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