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

Provisional Understanding Regarding Deep Seabed Matters

1984 T g

Pure Earth

1999 New York NY USA G j

Purple Martin Conservation Association

1986 Erie PA USA N

Quaker Earthcare Witness

QEW 1987 Albany CA USA G

Race for Water Foundation

2010 Lausanne Switzerland G f

Radiant Earth Foundation

Washington DC USA G f

Rainforest Foundation UK

RFUK London UK G f


1973 Arlington VA USA G

Raymond Lemaire International Centre for the Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings

RLICC 1976 Leuven Belgium G

Red de Fondos Ambientales de Latinoamérica y el Caribe

RedLAC 1999 Panama Panama F y

Red de Instituciones Vinculadas a la Capacitación en Economia y Politicas Agricolas en América Latina y el Caribe

REDCAPA 1993 Rio de Janeiro Brazil F

Red Iberoamericana de Ciclo de Vida


Red Iberoamericana de Comités MAB y Reservas de la Biósfera

IberoMAB 1993 Paris France F

Red Internacional de Escritores por la Tierra

TIER 2005 Tarragona Spain E v

Red Latinoamericana Contra Represas y por los Rios, sus Comunidades y el Agua


Red Panda Network

RPN 2007 Eugene OR USA F

Reef-World Foundation

Brynteg UK G f


1986 Ribera de Arriba Spain F

ReGeneration 2030


Regeneration International

2015 Finland MN USA F

Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas

RAC/SPA 1985 Tunis Tunisia E g

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

RCMRD 1975 Nairobi Kenya E g

Regional Clean Sea Organization

RECSO 1972 Dubai United Arab Emirates D

Regional Commission for Fisheries

RECOFI 1999 Cairo Egypt E gy

Regional Convention for the Management and Conservation of the Natural Forest Ecosystems and the Development of Forest Plantations

1993 T g

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

1991 Rome Italy T g

Regional Energy Resources Information Center

RERIC 1978 Pathum Thani Thailand E y

Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe

REC 1990 Szentendre Hungary E g

Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia

CAREC 1998 Almaty Kazakhstan G

Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus

REC Caucasus 2000 Tbilisi Georgia E gy

Regional Fisheries Committee for the Gulf of Guinea

1984 Libreville Gabon E g

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre - Wider Caribbean

REMPEITC-Carib 1994 Willemstad Curaçao E g

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea

REMPEC 1976 Valletta Malta E g

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

Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment

ROPME Safat Kuwait D g

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

RPA 1998 Oslo Norway E g

Regional Seas Programme

1974 Nairobi Kenya F g

Regional Seas Trust Fund for the Eastern African Region

1985 Nairobi Kenya K fg

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

1981 Nairobi Kenya K fg

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 Brussels Belgium F


1989 Oslo Norway G f

Regulatory Assistance Project

RAP 1992 Montpelier VT USA G

Renew the Earth


Research Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Cooperation

INENCO 1989 St Petersburg Russia N

Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth

RITE 1990 Kyoto Japan G

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 t