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

South Pacific Fisheries Treaty

1987 T g

South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation

SPRFMO Wellington New Zealand D g

South Pacific Whale Research Consortium

SPWRC 2000 Avarua Cook Is D

South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission

SWIOFC 2004 Maputo Mozambique E g

South West Waters Advisory Council

SWWAC 2007 Lorient France E

Southeast Asia Regional Committee

SARCS 1993 Chung Li Taiwan E

Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserve Network

SeaBRnet 1998 Jakarta Indonesia F

Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center

SEAFDEC 1967 Bangkok Thailand E g

Southeast Asian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives

SARBICA 1968 Hanoi Vietnam K

Southern African Built Environment Research Centre

SABERC Bellville South Africa N

Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute

SAFCEI 2005 Westlake South Africa G j

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds

SANCCOB 1968 Cape Town South Africa G f

Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment

SAIEA Windhoek Namibia D j

Southern African Institute of Forestry

SAIF 1968 Menlo Park South Africa G j

Southern African International Conference on Environmental Management

SAICEM S c

Southern African-Nordic Centre

SANORD 2007 Cape Town South Africa E

Space for Giants

Nanyuki Kenya G

Species 2000

1996 Leiden Netherlands E

SPMUDA International Organization for Peace and Development

SPMUDA International Dumaguete City Philippines G

Spoonbill Action Voluntary Echo International

SAVE International Berkeley CA USA G

Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future

SF 1992 London UK G

Standing Committee to the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

1982 Strasbourg France E gy

STEPS Centre

Falmer UK G

Stockholm Environment Institute

SEI 1989 Stockholm Sweden E j

Stop LFAS Worldwide

Santa Clara CA USA G

Sub Ocean Safety

1994 Lacombe LA USA N

Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission

SRFC 1985 Dakar Senegal E g

SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG

SUBMARINER Network 2014 Berlin Germany F

Superyacht Builders Association

SYBAss 2007 Amsterdam Netherlands C

Supplementary Arrangements for the Regulation of Antarctic Pelagic Whaling

1962 T g

Support International

Si London UK N

Sustainability Challenge Foundation

SCF 1994 Tilburg Netherlands G f

Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry for International Environmental Rehabilitation

SAFIER Maasmechelen Belgium N

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

SAC 2009 San Francisco CA USA J y

Sustainable Europe Research Institute

SERI 1999 Vienna Austria G j

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

2006 Honolulu HI USA E

Sustainable Ocean Alliance

SOA 2015 G

Sustainable Project Management- Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment

SPM 1994 Rougemont Switzerland F

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

SSI 2010 London UK F

SYFIA International

Montpellier France F

SYLVA-WORLD for Development and the Protection of Forests and the Environment

1996 Casablanca Morocco G

Synchronicity Earth

London UK G

Tahoe-Baikal Institute

TBI 1991 Lake Tahoe CA USA N j

Tchad Agir Pour l'Environnement

TCHAPE Lausanne Switzerland G

Teach A Man To Fish

2006 London UK G

Technical Cooperation Network on National Parks, Other Protected Areas and Wildlife in Latin America and the Caribbean

1983 Santiago Chile E g

Techno-Ocean Network

TON 2000 Kobe Japan G

Tellus Institute

1976 Boston MA USA G j

Temporary Agreement for the Regulation of the Fisheries in Waters Contiguous to the Northern Coasts of the Territory of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

1930 T g

Termite Society

2017 Barisal Bangladesh N

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