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

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 C

Supplementary Arrangements for the Regulation of Antarctic Pelagic Whaling

1962 T g

Support International

Si London UK N

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 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

Terralingua - Unity in Biocultural Diversity

Terralingua 1996 Salt Spring Island BC Canada F

Terre et Humanisme

T and H 1994 Lablachère France G

Tethys Research Institute

1986 Milan Italy G j

Tetworld Center for Peace, Earth Observatory and Global Gaming Complex

San Ysidro CA USA N

The Access Initiative

TAI 1999 Washington DC USA F

The Conservation Foundation, UK

1982 London UK G f

The Coral Reef Alliance

CORAL 1994 Oakland CA USA G

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

GBI 2009 Eastbourne UK F

The Left in the European Parliament

The Left 1994 Brussels Belgium F

The Long Run

2009 London UK J

The Marine Ingredients Organisation

IFFO 1959 London D

The Mediterranean Science Commission

CIESM 1910 Monte Carlo Monaco D g

The Nature Conservancy

TNC 1951 Arlington VA USA G

The Ocean Cleanup

2013 Delft Netherlands G

The Ocean Foundation

TOF 2003 Washington DC USA G f

The Peregrine Fund

1970 Boise ID USA N f

The Pond: Philosophy Of Science Around the Mediterranean

POND F

The SeaCleaners

2016 La Trinité-sur-Mer France G

The Vetiver Network International

TVNI 1989 San Antonio TX F

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

Thin Green Line Foundation

2007 Balnarring VIC Australia G f

Third Millennium Foundation

3MF 1987 Paciano Italy F f

Third World Network

TWN 1984 Penang Malaysia F

Tibet Justice Center

1989 Berkeley CA USA E v

Tides

1976 San Francisco CA G f

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