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

Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations

CNFO 2004 F

Caribbean Recycling Foundation

CRF 1994 Palm City FL USA N f

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism

CRFM 2003 Belize City Belize F gy

Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity

CARMABI 1955 Willemstad Curaçao G fj

Caribbean Youth Environment Network

CYEN 1993 Bridgetown Barbados F

CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality

CROSQ 2002 St Michael Barbados E g

Carpathian Ecoregion Initiative

CERI 1999 Bratislava Slovakia F

Caspian Environment Programme

CEP 1998 Nur-Sultan Kazakhstan E g

Catalyst 2030

2020 Haarlem Netherlands J y

Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa

CYNESA 2012 Nairobi Kenya 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

Cell Stress Society International

CSSI 1999 West Hartford CT USA D

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

Center for International Environmental Law

CIEL 1989 Washington DC USA G

Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research and Education

COARE 2006 Oakland CA USA G

Center for Oceans Law and Policy

COLP 1976 Charlottesville VA USA G

Center for Pacific Basin Business, Economics, and Finance Research

CPBBEFR New Brunswick NJ USA N

Center for Women, the Earth, the Divine

City Island NY USA G

Central Africa Protected Areas Network

Libreville Gabon D

Central American Isthmus Port Institution Meeting

Managua Nicaragua S c

Central and Southeast Europe LCA Network

CASE-LCA 2011 Novi Sad Serbia F

Central Asian and Caucasus Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission

CACFish 2009 Ankara Turkey E g

Central Caribbean Marine Institute

CCMI 1998 Princeton NJ USA G j

Central Dredging Association

CEDA 1978 Delft D

Central European Initiative

CEI 1989 Trieste Italy F g

Centre africain de protection environnementale et pour l'assistance

Afrique environnementale Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire G

Centre Africain de Recherches Forestières Appliquées et de Développement

CARFAD 1994 Yaoundé Cameroon G

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

CESTMed 2003 Le Grau-du-Roi France G

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 QLD 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

Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development

ECO-Accord Centre 1992 Moscow 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 t

Centre for Livelihoods, Ecosystems, Energy, Adaptation and Resilience in the Caribbean

CLEAR Caribbean Bridport UK G

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

INFOSAMAK 1986 Casablanca Morocco E g

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

Centres régionaux d'enseignement spécialisé en agriculture

CRESA Dschang Cameroon E

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