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

Asian Soils and Environment Research Information Center

ASERIC 1997 Bangkok 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 cg

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

IFFC 1978 Wuxi Jiangsu 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 Boliviana para la Investigación y Conservación de Ecosistemas Andino-Amazónicos

ACEAA 2004 La Paz Bolivia G

Asociación Centroamericana para la Economia, la Salud y el Ambiente

ACEPESA 1991 Zapote San José San José Costa Rica G

Asociación de Conservación de los Ecosistemas Andinos

ECOAN Cusco Cusco Peru G

Asociación Internacional de Profesionales de Puertos y Costas

AIPPYC Buenos Aires Argentina D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Acuicultura

ALA 1977 Sao Paulo SP Brazil D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Zoológicos y Acuarios

ALPZA 1990 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile D

Asociación Medioambiental Internacional de Gestores del Olor

AMIGO Bilbao Álava Spain D

Asociación Panamericana de Profesionales de la Agrimensura y Topografia

APPAT 1999 D

Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación

APPC 2005 Colón Colon Panama G

Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica

ACCA 1999 Lima Lima Peru G

Aspen Global Change Institute

AGCI 1989 Basalt CO USA G j

Associação SOS Amazonia

1988 Rio Branco AC Brazil G

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

APOME Brussels Belgium J

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 des organisations nationales d'entreprises de pêche de l'UE

EUROPECHE 1962 Brussels Belgium E

Association for Better Land Husbandry

ABLH 1993 Nairobi Kenya G

Association for Environmentally Friendly Carpets

1990 Aachen Germany D

Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas

APOYOnline 1989 Rockville MD USA G v

Association for Learning Environments

A4LE 1921 Scottsdale AZ USA 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 Tropical Biology and Conservation

ATBC 1963 Sao Paulo SP Brazil C

Association for Vertical Farming

AVF Munich Germany J

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva GE Switzerland G

Association internationale de défense du saumon atlantique

AIDSA 1958 Paris France G

Association Justice and Environment, z.s.

J&E 2003 Brno Czech Rep F y

Association of Chemistry and the Environment

ACE 2000 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 Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean

AMLC 1957 Washington DC USA D

Association of River Water Companies

RIWA 1950 F

Association of World Citizens

AWC 1975 Novato CA USA F

Association pisciculture et développement rural en Afrique tropicale humide

APDRA 1996 Massy France G

Associazione Internazionale per la Comunicazione Ambientale

AICA 2003 Alba CN Italy N

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

PAL 1974 London UK T g

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 SA Australia N

Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine

ACNEM Sandringham VIC Australia N

Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network

AELERT 2004 Sydney NSW Australia G

Australasian Wader Studies Group

AWSG 1981 Heathmont VIC Australia G v

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin ACT Australia G y

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