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

Web alliance for Regreening in Africa

W4RA Amsterdam Netherlands G

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry F v

Weeden Foundation

WF 1963 N f

WESSA Share-Net

1989 Howick South Africa E

West African Association for Environmental Assessment

WAAEA 2002 Cotonou Benin D

West African Association for Marine Environment

WAAME 1995 Dakar Senegal G

West African Association for the Development of Artisanal Fisheries

WADAF 1992 Dakar Senegal D

West European Fish Technologists Association

WEFTA 1970 Ijmuiden D

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

WCPFC Kolonia Micronesia FS E gy

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Bridgetown Barbados E g

Western Dredging Association

WEDA 1978 Bonsall CA E

Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

WIOMSA 1993 Zanzibar Tanzania UR D

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

Honolulu HI USA G g

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen B

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

WDC Chippenham UK G

Whaleman Foundation

1997 Lahaina HI USA N f

Whales Alive

Sydney NSW Australia G

Whitney R Harris World Ecology Center

1990 St Louis MO USA G

WHO European Centre for Environment and Health

ECEH Bonn Germany K g

WHO Regional Centre for Environmental Health Activities

CEHA 1985 Amman Jordan E g

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

EMRO 1948 Cairo Egypt E g

WikiRate Project

2013 F

Wild Salmon Center

1992 Portland OR USA E

WildAid

San Francisco CA USA G

Wildcare Africa Trust

1986 Lynn East South Africa G

Wildcat Foundation

Alexandria VA USA G f

WiLDCOAST

2000 Imperial Beach CA USA G

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

WWT 1946 Slimbridge UK G

Wildlife Conservation Global

Jacksonville FL USA G

Wildlife Conservation Network

WCN 2002 San Francisco CA USA G

Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS 1895 New York NY USA G

Wildlife Disease Association

WDA 1951 Lawrence KS USA C v

Wildlife Protection Solutions

WPS Denver CO USA G

Wildscreen

1987 Bristol UK G

Wireless Communications Association International

WCAI 1988 Washington DC USA G

WMO Applications of Meteorology Programme

AMP Geneva Switzerland K g

WMO Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme

AREP Geneva Switzerland K g

WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones

PTC 1972 Islamabad Pakistan E g

Woman and Earth Global Eco-Network

1979 New York NY USA G v

Women Engage for a Common Future

WECF 1994 Utrecht Netherlands F y

Women for Genuine Security

1997 Oakland CA USA G

Women for Peace, Sweden

WFP 1979 Stockholm Sweden G

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International

WECAN 2011 Mill Valley CA USA G

Women's Environment and Development Organization

WEDO 1990 New York NY USA F

Women's Environmental Network

WEN 1988 London UK G

Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 G

Workarea Art-Ambient

WAAM 1980 Cairo Montenotte Italy F

Working Conference of Baltic Sea Countries, Norway and Iceland

S c

Working Group on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests

Montreal Process 1994 Tokyo Japan E

Working Group on Rainforests and Biodiversity

1987 Bielefeld Germany G v

Pages