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

Captain Planet Foundation

1991 Atlanta GA USA G f Foundations

Caretakers of the Environment International

CEI 1986 Bergen Netherlands F

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

Centre for African Settlement Studies and Development

CASSAD 1990 Ibadan Nigeria G

Centre for Biological Information Technology

Brisbane Australia N

Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Studies

CCCES Abuja Nigeria G

Centre for Development and Environment, Bern

CDE 1988 Bern Switzerland G

Centre for Development and the Environment, Oslo

1990 Oslo Norway G

Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe

CEDARE 1992 Cairo Egypt E g IGOs

Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development

ECO-Accord Centre 1992 Moscow Russia G

Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa

CEEPA Pretoria South Africa G

Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Halifax

CFPS 1971 Halifax NS Canada G

Centre for Global Environmental Research, Ibaraki

CGER 1991 Ibaraki Japan G

Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo

CICERO 1990 Oslo Norway G

Centre for International Trade, Economics and Environment

CITEE 1996 Jaipur India G

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