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 Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok F

Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development

AFPPD 1981 Tokyo F y

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT 1967 Pathum Thani Thailand F j

Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association

AITAA 1969 Pathum Thani Thailand E j

Asian Marine Conservation Association

AMCA 1988 Kolkata India G v

Asian Network for the Rights Of Occupational and Environmental Victims

ANROEV 1997 Kathmandu Nepal D y

Asian Network of Analytical Chemistry

ANAC 1984 Saga Japan F

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 2005 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 cg

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 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 Costa Rica G

Asociación de Conservación de los Ecosistemas Andinos

ECOAN Cusco Peru G

Asociación Internacional de Profesionales de Puertos y Costas

AIPPYC Buenos Aires Argentina D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Acuicultura

ALA 1977 Sao Paulo Brazil D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Zoológicos y Acuarios

ALPZA 1990 Santiago Chile D

Asociación Medioambiental Internacional de Gestores del Olor

AMIGO Bilbao Spain D

Asociación Panamericana de Profesionales de la Agrimensura y Topografia

APPAT 1999 D

Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación

APPC 2005 Colón Panama G

Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica

ACCA 1999 Lima Peru G

Aspen Global Change Institute

AGCI 1989 Basalt CO USA G j

Associação SOS Amazonia

1988 Rio Branco 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 the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography

ASLO 1936 Waco TX USA G

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

ATBC 1963 Sao Paulo Brazil C

Association for Vertical Farming

AVF Munich Germany J

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva Switzerland G

Association internationale de défense du saumon atlantique

AIDSA 1958 Paris France G

Association internationale villes et ports - réseau mondial des villes portuaires

AIVP 1988 Le Havre France D

Association of Charity Lotteries in Europe

ACLEU 2007 Amsterdam Netherlands D

Association of Chemistry and the Environment

ACE 2000 D

Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

AERE 1979 Altamonte Springs FL USA G

Association of Esperantist Greens

AEG 1984 Bonn Germany E

Association of European Geographical Societies

EUGEO 1997 Budapest Hungary D

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