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

China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

CCICED 1992 Beijing Beijing China G

Christensen Fund

TCF 1957 San Francisco CA USA G f

Church Monuments Society

1979 Okehampton UK N v

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program

CBMP Akureyri Iceland E y

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 Osaka Japan G

Civic Life International

2004 Kettering OH USA G

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y

Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative

Clean Sky JTI 2008 Brussels Belgium E

Clean Up the World

CUW 1993 Darlinghurst NSW Australia F

ClientEarth

F

Climate Action Network Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

1994 E

Climate and Clean Air Coalition

CCAC 2012 Paris France E y

Climate change Learning Initiative Mobilizing Action Transforming Environments in Asia Pacific

CLIMATE Asia Pacific 2010 E

Club Delahaye

CD 1966 Abondant France N

Coalition Clean Baltic

CCB 1990 Uppsala Sweden F y

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 WA 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

Coastal Footprint

G

Coastal Oceans Research and Development - Indian Ocean

CORDIO East Africa Mombasa Kenya E

Coastal Watershed Institute

CWI Port Angeles WA USA G j

Coastal Zone Asia-Pacific Association

CZAPA Bangkok Bangkok Thailand E

Coastwatch Europe

CWE Dublin Co. Dublin Ireland G

Collegium Ramazzini

1982 Bologna BO Italy N

Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo

CCAD 1989 La Libertad La Libertad El Salvador E g

Comisión de Pesca Continental y Acuicultura para América Latina y el Caribe

COPESCAALC 1976 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile E g

Comisión Permanente del Pacifico Sur

CPPS 1952 Guayaquil Ecuador D g

Comisión Trinacional para el Desarrollo de la Cuenca del Rio Pilcomayo

1995 Asunción Asunción Paraguay E g

Comité des organisations nationales des importateurs et exportateurs de poisson de l'UE

CEP 1963 Brussels Belgium E

Comité Intergubernamental Coordinador de los Paises de la Cuenca del Plata

CIC 1969 Buenos Aires Argentina D g

Comité Regional de Recursos Hidraulicos del Istmo Centroamericano

CRRH 1966 San José San José San José Costa Rica E g

Commission du Danube

CD 1948 Budapest Hungary E g

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

CEC 1994 Montréal QC Canada E g

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

CCAMLR 1982 Hobart TAS Australia E gy

Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna

CCSBT 1994 Deakin ACT Australia E g

Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

CGRFA 1983 Rome RM Italy E g

Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

CLCS New York NY USA E g

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

Committee of the Regions

COR 1993 Brussels Belgium E g

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites

CEOS 1984 Saint-Hubert QC Canada E y

Committee on Environmental Policy

1994 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

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