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


2010 Teddington UK G y

REV Ocean

2017 Lysaker Norway G

Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

2017 T g

Revised Protocol on Shared Watercourses

2000 T g

Ribbon International

1982 Huntington NY USA G

Rising Tide International

2000 London UK F

Rivers without Boundaries

RwB 2009 J

Rodale Institute

RI 1985 Kutztown PA USA G j

ROPME Sea Area Hydrographic Commission

RSAHC 2000 Muscat Oman E g

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

NIOZ 1876 Den Burg Netherlands G j

Rurality - Environment - Development

RED 1980 Attert Belgium F

Ryan Foundation International

1982 Chennai India G f

SAARC Coastal Zone Management Centre, Maldives

2004 K g

Sacred Earth Trust

2009 G

SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre

SPGRC 1988 Lusaka Zambia E g

Safeguard for Agricultural Varieties in Europe

SAVE Foundation 1993 Wageningen Netherlands F f

Safina Center

2003 Stony Brook NY USA G

Sahara Conservation Fund

SCF Marana AZ USA F f

SAHARA for Life Trust

Lahore Pakistan G

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

Save the Rhino International

SRI 1992 London UK F v

Save the Tiger Fund

STF 1995 Washington DC USA G f


1988 San Francisco CA USA G

Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association

SGIA 2001 Malmö Sweden D

Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environment Research Foundation

STERF 2001 Stockholm Sweden F f

Scheldeverdrag, 2002

2002 T g

Science for Peace

SFP 1981 Toronto ON Canada G

Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research

SCOR 1957 Newark DE USA E y

Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment

SCOPE 1969 Paris France E y

Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics

SCOSTEP 1966 Newton MA USA E y

Scuola Internazionale Ambiente Salute e Sviluppo Sostenibile

SIASS 2004 Arezzo Italy G

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Sea Alarm Foundation

1999 Brussels Belgium F f

Sea Change Foundation International

2011 N f

Sea First Foundation

SFF 2009 Bergschenhoek Netherlands G f

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


2015 Berlin Germany G

Seagrass 2000

Corte France E


2011 Westford MA USA G

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts

SEAMEO SPAFA 1985 Bangkok Thailand E g

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

Manila Philippines E g

Seas at Risk

SAR 1986 Brussels Belgium F y


1995 Silver Spring MD USA G

Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Ozone Secretariat 1989 Nairobi Kenya E g

Secrétariat international francophone pour l'évaluation environnementale

SIFÉE 1996 Montréal QC Canada E