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

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

Centre for Marketing Information and Advisory Services for Fishery Products in the Arab Region

INFOSAMAK 1986 Casablanca Morocco E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Centre for Research, Environmental Sustainability and Advancement of Mountain Viticulture

1987 Aymavilles Italy E

Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment

CSERGE 1991 Norwich UK G j

Centre for the Study of Superdiversity

Babylon Tilburg Netherlands G

Centre for Tourism in Islands and Coastal Areas

CENTICA Chatham UK G

Centre régional pour l'environnement de l'Asia centrale

1998 Almaty Kazakhstan G

Centres régionaux d'enseignement spécialisé en agriculture

CRESA Dschang Cameroon E

Centro Desarrollo y Pesca Sustenable

CeDePesca Buenos Aires Argentina J

Centro Internacional de Restauración Neurológica

CIREN 1989 Havana Cuba N

Centro Universitario Internacional Europa Latinoamérica de Investigación y Formación en Ciencias Ambientales, Chile

EULA Concepción Chile N

Cetacean Freedom Network

CFN G

Cetacean Society International

CSI 1974 Georgetown CT USA G v

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society

CRM Society 1973 Glasgow UK E v

Charter on Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation Concerning the Environment in the Mediterranean Basin

Nicosia charter 1990 T g Treaties, IGOs

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

CIWEM 1895 London UK G jv Institutes

Cheetah Conservation Fund

CCF 1990 Otjiwarongo Namibia G f Funds, Funds

Child Rights Connect

1983 Geneva Switzerland E y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Children of Conservation

Atlanta GA USA N

China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

CCICED 1992 Beijing China G

Christensen Fund

TCF 1957 San Francisco CA USA G f Funds, Funds

Church Monuments Society

1979 Okehampton UK N v

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program

CBMP Akureyri Iceland E y International Federations

Circumpolar Conservation Union

CCU 1993 Washington DC USA G

Citizens for a United Earth

CUE 1985 Ionia NY USA G

Citizens' Alliance for Saving the Atmosphere and the Earth

CASA 1988 Osaka Japan G

Civic Life International

2004 Kettering OH USA G

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y International Federations

Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative

Clean Sky JTI 2008 Brussels Belgium E

Clean Up the World

CUW 1993 Darlinghurst Australia F

ClientEarth

London UK F

Climate Action Network Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

1994 E

Climate Alliance

1990 Frankfurt-Main Germany F

Climate and Clean Air Coalition

CCAC 2012 Paris France E y International Federations

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