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 Type III

Baltic Sea Hydrographic Commission

BSHC 1983 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Baltic Sea Project

BSP 1989 E

BalticSea2020

2005 Stockholm Sweden G

Bamboo Generation

Paris France N

Banana Link

1996 Norwich UK G

Bariloche Foundation

1963 San Carlos de Bariloche Argentina G f Foundations

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 IGOs

Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organization

BOBP-IGO 2003 Chennai India E g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Beachcombers' and Oceanographers' International Association

1996 Seattle WA USA N

Bears in Mind

1993 Rhenen Netherlands G f Funds, Foundations

Belmont Forum

Paris France F

Benelux Convention on Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection

1982 Brussels Belgium T g Treaties, IGOs

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

BIOS 1903 St George's Bermuda G Institutes

Big Life Foundation

Big Life 2010 Ridgefield WA USA F f Foundations

Big Rivers Association

N

Biodiversity and Economics for Conservation

BIOECON 2000 Venice Italy F y International Federations

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network

BES-Net Nairobi Kenya F

Biodiversity Conservancy International

Ottawa ON Canada G

Biodiversity Foundation for Africa

BFA 1992 Bulawayo Zimbabwe G f Foundations

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership

BIP 2004 Cambridge UK E y International Federations

Biodiversity Information Standards

TDWG 1985 Meise Belgium D

Bioencapsulation Research Group

BRG 1990 Sucé sur Erdre France F

BioMarine International Clusters Association

BICA Monaco Monaco J

Biopolitics International Organisation

BIO 1985 Athens Greece G v

Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme

BDCP Washington DC USA G

Biosphere Expeditions

1999 Dublin Ireland F

Bioversity International

1974 Maccarese Italy E g Institutes, IGOs

BirdLife International

1922 Cambridge UK B

BirdsCaribbean

1988 D

Black and Azov Seas Ports Association

BASPA 1999 Illichivsk Ukraine E

Black Sea Advisory Council

BlSAC 2015 Varna Bulgaria E

Black Sea Coastal Association

BSCA 1997 Varna Bulgaria G

Black, Caspian Seas and Central Asia Silk Association

BACSA 2005 Vratsa Bulgaria D

Blue Ventures

G

Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation

Institut Plavi Svijet 1999 Veli Losinj Croatia G j Institutes

Bolivian Association for Research and Conservation of Amazonian Andean Ecosystem

2004 La Paz Bolivia G

Bonobo Conservation Initiative

BCI Washington DC USA G

Born Free Foundation

1984 Horsham UK G f Foundations

Botanic Gardens Conservation International

BGCI 1987 Richmond UK F

Both ENDS

1986 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Bretton Woods Project

1995 London UK G

British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia

BACSA 1976 London UK N

Bromine Science and Environmental Forum

BSEF 1997 Brussels Belgium F

Brouhaha International

1990 Liverpool UK N

Built Environment Professions in the Commonwealth

BEPIC 1997 Bristol UK G Professional Bodies

Butterfly Conservation Europe

BCE 2004 Wageningen Netherlands F

CABI

1985 Wallingford UK C g IGOs

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