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 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 Floriana Malta E g

Regional Model Forest Network - Asia

RMFN-Asia 2010 F

Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements

CITYNET 1987 Seoul Korea Rep F y

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


1977 Washington DC USA G

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 UK G y

RET International

2000 Geneva Switzerland F

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

River Cleanup

2019 Antwerp Belgium G

Rivers without Boundaries

RwB 2009 J


Vienna Austria G

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

Safe Seaweed Coalition

2021 J y

Safeguard for Agricultural Varieties in Europe

SAVE Foundation 1993 Wageningen Netherlands F f

Safina Center

2003 Setauket NY USA G

SAHARA for Life Trust

Lahore Pakistan G

Sail For Ethics

S4E 1996 Court-Saint-Etienne Belgium 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 Orangutan

Copenhagen Denmark D