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

Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry

HMEI 2001 Geneva Switzerland D t

Association of International Research Initiatives for Environmental Studies

AIRIES 1996 Tokyo Japan N

Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean

AMLC 1957 Washington DC USA D

Association of River Water Companies

RIWA 1950 F

Association of World Citizens

AWC 1975 Novato CA USA F

Association pisciculture et développement rural en Afrique tropicale humide

APDRA 1996 Massy France G

Association pour la promotion de l'éducation et de la formation à l'étranger

APEFE 1976 Brussels Belgium G

Associazione Internazionale per la Comunicazione Ambientale

AICA 2003 Alba Italy G

Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea

PAL 1974 London UK T g

Atlantic Salmon Federation

ASF 1982 St Andrews NB Canada G

Atlantic Salmon Trust

AST 1967 Perth UK F v

Atlas Service Corps

2006 Washington DC USA G

Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association

ACKMA 1987 Mount Compass SA Australia N

Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine

ACNEM Sandringham VIC Australia N

Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network

AELERT 2004 Canberra ACT Australia G

Australasian Wader Studies Group

AWSG 1981 Heathmont VIC Australia G v

Australasian Wildlife Management Society

AWMS 1988 Canberra ACT Australia N

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin ACT Australia G y

Austrian Middle East Environment Protection Association

AIMEEPA N

Austrian Society for Environment and Technology

Vienna Austria G

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 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 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 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 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

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