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

Associação SOS Amazonia

1988 Rio Branco Brazil G

Association de Promotion de l'Organisation Mondiale de l'Environnement

APOME Brussels Belgium G

Association des constructeurs pour la réhabilitation et l'optimalisation de la terre

ACROTERRE 1985 Grenoble France N

Association des Jeunes Volontaires au Service du Monde Environnemental

AJVSME 2011 Lomé Togo G

Association for Better Land Husbandry

ABLH 1993 Nairobi Kenya G

Association for Environmentally Friendly Carpets

1990 Aachen Germany D

Association for Learning Environments

A4LE 1921 Scottsdale AZ USA N

Association for Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America

ALCALA 2005 San José Costa Rica G

Association for Mexican Cave Studies

AMCS 1963 Austin TX USA N

Association for Preservation Technology International

APT International 1968 Springfield IL USA G

Association for the Conservation of the Cultural Patrimony of the Americas

1989 Washington DC USA G v

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

ATBC 1963 Sao Paulo Brazil C

Association internationale de défense du saumon atlantique

AIDSA 1958 Paris France G

Association Justice and Environment

J and E 2003 Brno Czech Rep F y

Association of Chemistry and the Environment

ACE 2000 Nova Gorica Slovenia D

Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

AERE 1979 Washington DC USA G

Association of Esperantist Greens

AEG 1984 Gundelfingen Germany E

Association of International Research Initiatives for Environmental Studies

AIRIES 1996 Tokyo Japan N

Association of Marina Industries

AMI 1986 Warren RI USA N Institutes

Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean

AMLC 1957 Miami FL USA D

Association of National Organizations of Fishing Enterprises in the EU

1962 Brussels Belgium E

Association of River Water Companies

RIWA 1950 Nieuwegein Netherlands F

Association pisciculture et développement rural en Afrique tropicale humide

APDRA 1996 Massy France G

Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea

PAL 1974 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

Atlantic Salmon Federation

ASF 1982 St Andrews NB Canada G

Atlantic Salmon Trust

AST 1967 Perth UK F v

Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association

ACKMA 1987 Mount Compass Australia N

Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine

ACNEM Sandringham Australia N

Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network

AELERT 2004 Sydney Australia G

Australasian Wader Studies Group

AWSG 1981 Heathmont Australia G v

Austrian Middle East Environment Protection Association

AIMEEPA N

Austrian Society for Environment and Technology

Vienna Austria G

Autre Terre

1982 Herstal Belgium F

Aviornis International

1973 Herentals Belgium F

AWARE International

Paris France G

Balkan Environmental Association

BENA 1998 Thessaloniki Greece D

Balkan Science and Education Centre of Ecology and Environment

BSECEE Sofia Bulgaria G

BALKANI Wildlife Society

1989 Sofia Bulgaria E

Baltic Earth

Geesthacht Germany E

Baltic Ecovillage Network

BEN F

Baltic Environmental Forum

BEF 1995 Riga Latvia F

Baltic Farmers Forum on Environment

BFFE 1998 Stockholm Sweden F

Baltic Fishermen's Association

BFA Fredericia Denmark D

Baltic Fishing Fleet State Academy

1966 Kaliningrad Russia G

Baltic Marine Biologists

BMB 1968 D v

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission

HELCOM 1974 Helsinki Finland E gy International Federations, IGOs

Baltic Nest Institute

BNI 2007 Stockholm Sweden E j Institutes

Baltic Network against Life-Threatening Viral Infections

Baltic Antiviral Network 2013 Stockholm Sweden F

Baltic Operational Oceanographic System

BOOS Tallinn Estonia F

Baltic Sea Advisory Council

BSAC 2006 Copenhagen Denmark E y International Federations

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