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

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

Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

CSER Cambridge UK N j Institutes

Campaign Whale

1980 Lewes UK G

Capacity Development and Linkages for Environmental Assessment in Africa

CLEAA Dar es Salaam Tanzania UR F y International Federations

Captain Planet Foundation

1991 Atlanta GA USA G f Foundations

Caretakers of the Environment International

CEI 1986 Nørresundby Denmark F

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund

CBF 2012 Nassau Bahamas J f Funds

Caribbean Conservation Association

CCA 1967 St Michael Barbados D

Caribbean Environment Programme

CEP Kingston Jamaica E g IGOs

Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute

CFTDI 1974 Chaguaramas Trinidad-Tobago E gj Institutes, IGOs

Caribbean Fishery Management Council

CFMC 1976 San Juan Puerto Rico F g IGOs

Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Management Network

CaMPAM 1997 Marathon FL USA G

Caribbean Recycling Foundation

CRF 1994 Palm City FL USA N f Foundations

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism

CRFM 2003 Belize City Belize F gy International Federations, IGOs

Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity

CARMABI 1955 Willemstad Curaçao G jf Institutes, Foundations

Caribbean Youth Environment Network

CYEN 1992 Bridgetown Barbados F

CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality

CROSQ 2002 St Michael Barbados E g IGOs

Carpathian Ecoregion Initiative

CERI 1999 Bratislava Slovakia F

Caspian Environment Programme

CEP 1998 Astana Kazakhstan E g IGOs

Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa

CYNESA F

Caucasus Environmental NGO Network

CENN 1998 Tbilisi Georgia F

CEDAM International

1967 Croton-on-Hudson NY USA G

CEEweb for Biodiversity

1993 Budapest Hungary F y International Federations

Center for Communications, Health and the Environment

CECHE 1990 Washington DC USA G

Center for Health and the Global Environment

CHGE 1996 Boston MA USA G

Center for Human Rights and Environment

1999 Palm Beach Gardens FL USA G Human Rights Organizations

Center for International Environmental Law

CIEL 1989 Washington DC USA G

Center for Oceans Law and Policy

COLP 1976 Charlottesville VA USA G

Center for Pacific Basin Business, Economics, and Finance Research

CPBBEFR Brunswick NJ USA N

Center for Rural Empowerment and the Environment

CREE 2007 J

Center for Women, the Earth, the Divine

City Island NY USA G

Central Africa Protected Areas Network

2000 Libreville Gabon D

Central American Association for Economy, Health and Environment

1991 Zapote Costa Rica G

Central American Commission on Environment and Development

1989 La Libertad El Salvador E g IGOs

Central American Isthmus Port Institution Meeting

Managua Nicaragua S c Conference Series

Central and Southeast Europe LCA Network

CASE-LCA 2011 Novi Sad Serbia F

Central Caribbean Marine Institute

CCMI 1998 Princeton NJ USA G j Institutes

Central European Initiative

CEI 1989 Trieste Italy F g Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Centre africain de protection environnementale et pour l'assistance

Afrique environnementale Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire G

Centre d'Etudes et de Sauvegarde des Tortues Marines de Méditerranée

CESTMed 2003 Le Grau-du-Roi France G

Centre de documentation Tiers-Monde, Montpellier

CDTM 1978 Montpellier France G Human Rights Organizations

Centre européen d'études des polyphosphates

CEEP 1971 Brussels Belgium E

Centre européen de recherche et d'enseignement des géosciences de l'environnement

CEREGE 1995 N

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