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

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


2010 Teddington 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 N

Save Our Seas

SOS 1993 G f

Save our Seas Foundation

SOSF 2003 Geneva Switzerland G f

Save the Orangutan

Copenhagen Denmark D

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 E y

Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment

SCOPE 1969 Amstelveen Netherlands 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