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 François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva Switzerland G

Association internationale de défense du saumon atlantique

AIDSA 1958 Paris France G

Association internationale villes et ports - réseau mondial des villes portuaires

AIVP 1988 Le Havre France D

Association of Charity Lotteries in Europe

ACLEU 2007 Amsterdam D

Association of Chemistry and the Environment

ACE 2000 D

Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

AERE 1979 Altamonte Springs FL USA G

Association of Esperantist Greens

AEG 1984 Bonn E

Association of European Geographical Societies

EUGEO 1997 Budapest Hungary D

Association of Hydro-Meteorological Industry

HMEI 2001 Geneva 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 D

Association of River Water Companies

RIWA 1950 F

Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts

AVSE Global 2011 Paris G

Association of World Citizens

AWC 1975 Novato CA USA F

Association pisciculture et développement rural en Afrique tropicale humide

APDRA 1996 Massy G

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

APEFE 1976 Brussels G

Associazione A Sud – Ecologia e Cooperazione ONLUS

A Sud 2003 Rome 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 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 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

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