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

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 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

Benelux Convention on Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection

1982 Brussels Belgium T g

Benthological Society of Asia

BSA 1998 Seoul D v

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

BIOS 1903 St George Bermuda G

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f

Big Life Foundation

Big Life 2010 Ridgefield WA F f

Big Rivers Association

N

Biodiversity and Economics for Conservation

BIOECON 2000 Leipzig Germany F y

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

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership

BIP 2004 Cambridge UK E y

Biodiversity Information Standards

TDWG 1985 Paris D

Biopolitics International Organisation

BIO 1985 Athens Greece G v

Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme

BDCP Washington DC USA G

Biosphere Expeditions

1999 Blackrock F

Bioversity International

1974 Maccarese E g

BirdLife Europe

Brussels E

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 Finance

F

Blue Marine Foundation

BLUE 2010 London UK G f

Blue Ventures

G

Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation

Institut Plavi Svijet 1999 Veli Losinj Croatia G j

Bodensee Stiftung

Radolfzell Germany F f

Bonobo Conservation Initiative

BCI Washington DC USA G

Born Free Foundation

1984 Horsham UK G f

Botanic Gardens Conservation International

BGCI 1987 Richmond UK F

Both ENDS

1986 Utrecht Netherlands F

Bretton Woods Project

1995 London UK G

British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia

BACSA 1976 London UK N

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

BIICL 1958 London UK G jv

Built Environment Professions in the Commonwealth

BEPIC 1997 Bristol UK G

Bureau gravimétrique international

BGI 1951 Toulouse France F

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels C

Busan Foundation for International Cooperation

BFIC 2005 Busan G

Butterfly Conservation Europe

BCE 2004 Wageningen Netherlands F

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