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

Regional Convention on Fisheries Cooperation among African States Bordering the Atlantic Ocean

1991 Rome Italy T g FAO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Regional Energy Resources Information Center

RERIC 1978 Pathum Thani Thailand E y International Federations

Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe

REC 1990 Szentendre Hungary E g IGOs

Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus

REC Caucasus 2000 Tbilisi Georgia E gy International Federations, IGOs

Regional Fisheries Committee for the Gulf of Guinea

1984 Libreville Gabon E g IGOs

Regional Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme for West Africa

Nouakchott Mauritania E

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre - Wider Caribbean

REMPEITC-Carib 1994 Willemstad Curaçao E g IGOs

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea

REMPEC 1976 Valletta Malta E g IGOs

Regional Network of Water-Basin - Organizations from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

NWO EECCA 2010 Tashkent Uzbekistan E

Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

PERSGA 1995 Jeddah Saudi Arabia E g IGOs

Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment

ROPME Safat Kuwait D g IGOs

Regional Programme of Action for the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

RPA 1998 Oslo Norway E g IGOs

Regional Seas Programme

1974 Nairobi Kenya F g IGOs

Regional Seas Trust Fund for the Eastern African Region

1985 Nairobi Kenya K gf Funds, Foundations, IGOs

Regional Trust Fund for the Implementation of the Action Plan for the Caribbean Environment Programme

1981 Nairobi Kenya K gf Funds, Foundations, IGOs

Regions for Health Network

RHN 1992 Venice Italy F

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 Brussels Belgium F


1989 Oslo Norway G f Foundations

Regulatory Assistance Project

RAP Montpelier VT USA G

Renew the Earth


Research Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Cooperation

INENCO 1989 St Petersburg Russia N

Réseau pour la Qualité de l'Environnement en Afrique Sub-Saharienne

AFRICACLEAN 2002 Dakar Senegal G

Réseau sur les Politiques de Pêche en Afrique de l'Ouest

REPAO 2005 Dakar Senegal F

Restauradores Sin Fronteras

A-RSF 1999 San Sebastian de los Reyes Spain F

Restoration Industry Association

RIA 1946 Washington DC USA N


2010 Teddington UK G y International Federations

Revised Protocol on Shared Watercourses

2000 T g Treaties, IGOs

Ribbon International

1982 Huntington NY USA G

Rights Equality and Diversity

RED Network F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Rising Tide International

2000 London UK F

Rivers of the World

ROW 1995 Dawsonville GA USA N Humanitarian Organizations

Rivers without Boundaries

RwB 2009 F

Rodale Institute

RI 1985 Kutztown PA USA G j Institutes

ROPME Sea Area Hydrographic Commission

RSAHC 2000 Muscat Oman E g IGOs

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

NIOZ 1876 Den Burg Netherlands G j Institutes

Rurality - Environment - Development

RED 1980 Attert Belgium F

Ryan Foundation International

1982 Chennai India G f Foundations

SAARC Coastal Zone Management Centre, Maldives

2004 K g IGOs

Sacred Earth Trust

2009 G

SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre

SPGRC 1988 Lusaka Zambia E g IGOs

Safeguard for Agricultural Varieties in Europe

SAVE Foundation 1993 Wageningen Netherlands F f Foundations

Safina Center

2003 Stony Brook NY USA G

Sahara Conservation Fund

SCF Marana AZ USA F f Funds, Funds

SAHARA for Life Trust

Lahore Pakistan G

Sahel Institute

1976 Bamako Mali E gj Institutes, IGOs

Sandra Ann Morsilli Pacific-Basin Capital Markets Research Center

PACAP 1989 Kingston RI USA N

Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology

1997 Bergen Norway N

Save Our Seas

SOS 1993 G f

Save our Seas Foundation

SOSF 2003 Geneva Switzerland G f Foundations

Save the Rhino International

SRI 1992 London UK F v