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

Austrian Middle East Environment Protection Association

AIMEEPA N

Austrian Society for Environment and Technology

Vienna Austria G

Autre Terre

1982 Herstal Belgium F

AVI

1961 Fitzroy VIC Australia G

AWARE International

Paris France G

Balkan Environmental Association

BENA 1998 Thessaloniki Greece D

Balkan Science and Education Centre of Ecology and Environment

BSECEE Sofia Bulgaria G

BALKANI Wildlife Society

1989 Sofia Bulgaria E

Baltic Earth

Geesthacht Germany E

Baltic Ecovillage Network

BEN F

Baltic Environmental Forum

BEF 1995 Riga Latvia F

Baltic Farmers Forum on Environment

BFFE 1998 Stockholm Sweden F

Baltic Fishermen's Association

BFA Fredericia Denmark D

Baltic Fishing Fleet State Academy

1966 Kaliningrad Kaliningrad Russia G

Baltic Marine Biologists

BMB 1968 D v

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission

HELCOM 1974 Helsinki Finland E gy

Baltic Nest Institute

BNI 2007 Stockholm Sweden E j

Baltic Network against Life-Threatening Viral Infections

Baltic Antiviral Network 2013 Stockholm Sweden F

Baltic Operational Oceanographic System

BOOS Tallinn Estonia F

Baltic Sea Advisory Council

BSAC 2006 Copenhagen Denmark E y

Baltic Sea Hydrographic Commission

BSHC 1983 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

Baltic Sea Project

BSP 1989 E

BalticSea2020

2005 Stockholm Sweden G

Bangladesh Maritime Academy

BMA 1972 Chittagong Bangladesh G

Bariloche Foundation

1963 Bariloche Argentina G f

Basel Action Network

BAN 1997 Seattle WA USA F

Basic Income Earth Network

BIEN 1986 New York NY USA F

Bat Conservation International

BCI 1982 Austin TX USA G v

Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation

BIMSTEC 1997 Dhaka Bangladesh F g

Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organization

BOBP-IGO 2003 Chennai Tamil Nadu India E g

Beachcombers' and Oceanographers' International Association

1996 Seattle WA USA N

Bears in Mind

1993 Rhenen Netherlands G f

Belmont Forum

2009 Montevideo Uruguay F

Benelux Convention on Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection

1982 Brussels Belgium T g

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

BIOS 1903 St George Bermuda G

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f

Big Life Foundation

Big Life 2010 Ridgefield WA USA F f

Big Rivers Association

N

Biodiversity and Economics for Conservation

BIOECON 2000 F y

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network

BES-Net Nairobi Kenya F

Biodiversity Conservancy International

Ottawa ON Canada G

Biodiversity Foundation for Africa

BFA 1992 Bulawayo Bulawayo Zimbabwe G f

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership

BIP 2004 Cambridge UK E y

Biodiversity Information Standards

TDWG 1985 Meise Belgium D

Bioencapsulation Research Group

BRG 1990 Sucé sur Erdre France F

Biopolitics International Organisation

BIO 1985 Athens Greece G v

Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme

BDCP Washington DC USA G

Biosphere Expeditions

1999 Blackrock Ireland F

Bioversity International

1974 Maccarese RM Italy E g

BirdLife International

1922 Cambridge UK B

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