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

Save the Tiger Fund

STF 1995 Washington DC USA G f Funds, Funds


1988 San Francisco CA USA G

Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association

SGIA Malmö Sweden D

Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environment Research Foundation

STERF 2001 Stockholm Sweden F f Foundations

Scheldeverdrag, 2002

2002 T g Treaties, IGOs

Science for Peace

SFP 1981 Toronto ON Canada G

Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research

SCOR 1957 Newark DE USA E y International Federations

Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment

SCOPE 1969 Paris France E y International Federations

Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics

SCOSTEP 1966 Toronto ON Canada E y International Federations

Sea Alarm Foundation

1999 Brussels Belgium F f Foundations

Sea Change Foundation International

2011 N f Foundations

Sea First Foundation

SFF 2009 Bergschenhoek Netherlands G f Foundations

Sea Shepherd International

1977 Friday Harbor WA USA G

Sea Turtle Conservancy

STC 1959 Gainesville FL USA G

Sea Watch Foundation

1991 Anglesey UK G fv Foundations


2015 Berlin Germany G

Seagrass 2000

Corte France E


2011 Westford MA USA G

SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Public Health, Hospital Administration, Environmental and Occupational Health

Manila Philippines E g IGOs

Seas at Risk

SAR 1986 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations


1995 Silver Spring MD USA G

Secretariat for Environmental Assessment in Central Africa

SEACA 1998 Yaoundé Cameroon D

Secrétariat international francophone pour l'évaluation environnementale

SIFÉE 1996 Montréal QC Canada E

Secretariat of the Basel Convention

SBC Geneva Switzerland E g Treaties, IGOs

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

SCBD 1993 Montréal QC Canada E g Treaties, IGOs

Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

CITES Secretariat Geneva Switzerland E g Treaties, IGOs

Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Bonn Germany E g Treaties, IGOs

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

SPREP 1982 Apia Samoa E g IGOs

Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland Switzerland E g Treaties, IGOs


2006 Kobe Japan D

Senegal River Development Organization

1972 Dakar Senegal E g IGOs

SETAC Asia/Pacific

SETAC AP 1997 Coopers Plains Australia K

SETAC Latin America

Sao Paulo Brazil K

Shark Advocates International

SAI Washington DC USA G

Shark Research Institute

SRI 1991 Princeton NJ USA F j Institutes

Shark Trust

1997 Plymouth UK G

SHARKPROJECT International

2002 Heusenstamm Germany F

Shell Foundation

2000 London UK G f Foundations

Shelter for Life

SFL 1979 Maple Grove MN USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Siemenpuu Foundation

1998 Helsinki Finland G f Foundations

Sierra Club International Program

1972 Oakland CA USA E Clubs

Sight and Life

1986 Basel Switzerland F

Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science

SAHFOS Plymouth UK G f Foundations


2002 Shepherdstown WV USA G

Small Island Developing States - Island Energy for Island Life


Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group

SOC 1975 Strasbourg France F v

Sociedad Latinoamericana de Biotecnologia Ambiental y Algal

SOLABIAA 2008 Xalapa Mexico D

Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment


Society for Conservation Biology

SCB 1985 Washington DC USA F

Society for Conservation GIS

SCGIS 1997 N