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

Aquacultural Engineering Society

AES 1993 Riverview FL USA D

Aquaculture Stewardship Council

ASC 2010 Utrecht Netherlands F

Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society

AEHMS 1989 C

Aquaverde

2002 Geneva Switzerland G

Arab Drilling and Workover Company

ADWOC 1980 Tripoli Libyan AJ K eg

Arab Federation of Fish Producers

AFFP 1976 Tunis Tunisia D gt

Arab Fisheries Company

AFC 1978 E eg

Arab Forum for Environment and Development

AFED 2006 Beirut Lebanon F y

Arab Foundation for Marine Environment

AFME 1995 Alexandria Egypt F f

Arab NGO Network for Environment and Development

RAED 1990 Cairo Egypt F

Arab Office for Youth and Environment

AOYE 1978 Cairo Egypt G

Arab Region Ecotechnie Network

AREN 2002 Aswan Egypt K

Arab Sea Ports Federation

ASPF 1976 Alexandria Egypt D g

Arab Society for Fungal Conservation

ASFC 2011 Ismailia Egypt G

Arab Youth Movement

AYM Nazareth K

Arabian Aquaculture Society

Alexandria Egypt D

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpenländer

ARGE ALP 1972 Innsbruck E

Arche Noah

1990 Schiltern Austria N

Architects Regional Council Asia

ARCASIA 1979 Singapore Singapore F

Arctic Council

1996 Tromsø D gy

Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat

IPS Tromsø E

Arctic Marine Ecosystem Research Network

ARCTOS Research Network 2002 Tromsø Norway G

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

AMAP 1991 Tromsø E gy

Arrangements for the Regulation of Antarctic Pelagic Whaling

1962 T g

Art Nouveau European Route

2000 Barcelona Spain F y

Art Restoration for Cultural Heritage Foundation

ARCH Foundation 1991 Salzburg Austria N f

Artists for Conservation

AFC North Vancouver BC Canada G

Artists Project Earth

APE Banbury UK G

ASEAN Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

1985 T g

ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

ACB 1999 Los Baños Philippines E

Asia Cohort Consortium

ACC Tokyo Japan D

Asia Institute of Urban Environment

AIUE J

Asia Maritime & Fisheries Universities Forum

AMFUF 2002 Busan F c

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

AOGS 2003 Singapore D

Asia Offshore Association

AOA Hong Kong J

Asia Pacific Association of Educators in Agriculture and Environment

APEAEN 1997 Pili Philippines D

Asia Pacific Geoparks Network

APGN Beijing F

Asia-Oceania GEOSS

AOGEOSS 2016 E g

Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability

APCEA 1996 E

Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, Singapore

APCEL 1996 Singapore Singapore G

Asia-Pacific Environmental and Occupational Dermatology Group

APEOD 1991 Carlton VIC E v

Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

APFIC 1948 Bangkok Thailand E g

Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists

APFEJ 1988 Beijing China F

Asia-Pacific Greens Federation

APGF 2005 Melbourne VIC Australia F

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

APN 1996 Kobe F g

Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics

AAERE 2010 Kyoto D

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

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