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

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


London UK F

Climate Action Network Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

1994 E

Climate and Clean Air Coalition

CCAC 2012 Paris France E y International Federations

Climate change Learning Initiative Mobilizing Action Transforming Environments in Asia Pacific

CLIMATE Asia Pacific 2010 E

Club Delahaye

CD 1966 Abondant France N Clubs

Coalition Clean Baltic

CCB 1990 Uppsala Sweden F y International Federations

Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies

CERES 1989 Boston MA USA G

Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreements

CFFA 1992 Brussels Belgium E

Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators

COLTO 2003 Mount Hawthorn Australia F

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation

CERF 1971 Seattle WA USA G v

Coastal and Marine Union - EUCC

1989 Leiden Netherlands E

Coastal Conservation Network

CCN Costa Mesa CA USA G

Coastal Education and Research Foundation

CERF 1984 F f

Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation

CERF Encinitas CA USA G f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

Coastal Footprint


Coastal Oceans Research and Development - Indian Ocean

CORDIO East Africa Mombasa Kenya E

Coastal Watershed Institute

CWI Port Angeles WA USA G j Institutes

Coastal Zone Asia-Pacific Association

CZAPA Bangkok Thailand E Conference Series

Coastwatch Europe

CWE Dublin Ireland G

Collegium Ramazzini

1982 Bologna Italy N

Comissão de Pesca Continental e Aquiculture para América Latina e o Caribe

1976 Santiago Chile E g IGOs, FAO Bodies

Commission du Danube

CD 1948 Budapest Hungary E g IGOs

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

CEC 1994 Montréal QC Canada E g IGOs

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

CCAMLR 1982 Hobart Australia E gy IGOs, International Federations

Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna

CCSBT 1994 Deakin Australia E g IGOs, IGOs

Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

CGRFA 1983 Rome Italy E g IGOs, FAO Bodies, Intergovernmental Communities

Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf


Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow

CFACT 1985 Washington DC USA G

Committee for European Marine Biology Symposia

EMBS 1966 Yerseke Netherlands E

Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa

CIFAA 1971 Accra Ghana E g IGOs, FAO Bodies

Committee of the Regions

COR 1993 Brussels Belgium E g IGOs, European Union Bodies

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites

CEOS 1984 Saint-Hubert QC Canada E y International Federations

Committee on Environmental Policy

1994 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

Common Seas

Bristol UK G

Common Sense Environmental Fund

CSEF J f Funds, Funds

Common Wadden Sea Secretariat

CWSS 1987 Wilhelmshaven Germany E g IGOs

Commonland Foundation

Amsterdam Netherlands G f Foundations


1975 Bolinas CA USA G

Commonwealth Environmental Journalists Association

CEJA 1998 D

Commonwealth Heritage Forum

2020 London UK G

Community Based Impact Assessment Network for Eastern Africa

CIANEA Kampala Uganda D

Compton Foundation

1946 Redwood City CA USA G f Foundations

Confederación de Asociaciones de Heladeros Artesanos de la Comunidad Europea

1989 Longarone Italy E

Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left

1994 Brussels Belgium F

Confédération bouliste internationale

CBI 1983 Ankara Turkey D