Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Life on Land


Forests cover 30.7 per cent of the Earth’s surface and, in addition to providing food security and shelter, they are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population. By protecting forests, we will also be able to strengthen natural resource management and increase land productivity.

At the current time, thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares. Even though up to 15% of land is currently under protection, biodiversity is still at risk. Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty.

Efforts are being made to manage forests and combat desertification. There are two international agreements being implemented currently that promote the use of resources in an equitable way. Financial investments in support of biodiversity are also being provided.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II Type III

5G Americas

2002 Bellevue WA USA J

A Rocha International

1983 London UK F

Abolition 2000 - Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

1995 Oakland CA USA F y International Federations

Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative

AGEDI 2002 G g IGOs

Accord RAMOGE

Monaco Monaco E g IGOs

Ace Africa

2003 London UK F

ACTAsia

2006 High Wycombe UK F

Acting for Life

1973 Le Bourget France G Humanitarian Organizations

Action for Dolphins

AFD Mullumbimby Australia G

Action for Greening Sahel

1991 Tokyo Japan N

Action for Solidarity, Equality, Environment and Diversity

A SEED 1992 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Action for World Solidarity

1957 Berlin Germany G v Human Rights Organizations

Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration

ETC Group 1983 Val-David QC Canada F

Action Plan for Protection, Development and Management of the Marine Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region

NOWPAP 1991 Busan Korea Rep F g IGOs

Action Plan for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the East Asian Region

EAS 1981 Bangkok Thailand F g IGOs

Action Plan for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas in the South East Pacific

SE/PCF 1981 Guayaquil Ecuador F g IGOs

Action positive pour l'environnement et le développement en Afrique centrale

APEDAC 2002 Ndjamena Chad G

Action vivre ensemble

1977 Brussels Belgium G

Additional Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of Animals During International Transport

1979 Strasbourg France T g Treaties, IGOs

Adessium Foundation

Reeuwijk Netherlands G f Foundations

ADL Braun Holocaust Institute

1977 New York NY USA G j Institutes

Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea

ACOPS 1952 Cambridge UK E y International Federations

Aerospace Medical Association

ASMA 1929 Alexandria VA USA G y International Federations

Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors

AAQS 1999 Midrand South Africa D

Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group

ABCG 2000 Washington DC USA G y International Federations

Africa Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science

ACCESS Rondebosch South Africa F

Africa Culture Internationale Human Rights

ACI Human Rights 1996 Toubacouta Senegal G Human Rights Organizations

Africa Earth Observatory Network

AEON Port Elizabeth South Africa N Institutes

Africa Foundation

1997 Pointe Noire Congo Brazzaville G fy Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations, Foundations

Africa Fund for Fungal Biodiversity and Mycotic Infections

Utrecht Netherlands G f Funds, Funds

Africa Leadership Forum

ALF 1988 Ota Nigeria F

Africa Network for Animal Welfare

ANAW Nairobi Kenya F

Africa Nomads Conservation

ANC Nairobi Kenya G

Africa Soil Science Society

ASSS 1986 Yaoundé Cameroon D

African and Caribbean Diversity

ACD 1990 London UK G

African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment

AARSE 1992 El Jadida Morocco D y International Federations

African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovations Centre

ABCIC 2010 Nairobi Kenya D

African Biodiversity Network

ABN 2002 Thika Kenya F

African Bird Club

ABC 1992 Cambridge UK F Clubs

African Centre for Applied Forestry Research and Development

1994 Yaoundé Cameroon G

African Centre for Assistance and Protection of the Environment of the Sahel

Dakar Senegal G

African Centre for Biodiversity

ACB Johannesburg South Africa G

African Conservation Centre

ACC Nairobi Kenya G

African Conservation Foundation

ACF 1999 London UK G f Foundations

African Conservation Tillage Network

ACT 1999 Nairobi Kenya F

African Conservation Trust

ACT 2000 Pietermaritzburg South Africa G

African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

1968 T g Treaties, IGOs

African Development Aid Association

ADAA 1988 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G Humanitarian Organizations

African Forest Forum

AFF Nairobi Kenya F v

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

AFWC 1959 Accra Ghana E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Pages