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

ADL Braun Holocaust Institute

1977 New York NY USA G j Institutes

Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors

AAQS 1999 Midrand South Africa D

Africa Soil Science Society

ASSS 1986 Yaoundé Cameroon D

African Organization of Cartography and Remote Sensing

AOCRS 1988 Tripoli Libyan AJ D g IGOs

Agroecology Europe

2016 Gaurain-Ramecroix Belgium D

Alliance for Zero Extinction

AZE The Plains VA USA G

Ambulances animaux sans frontières

Ambulances ASF 1994 Brussels Belgium G

AME World Ecology Foundation

1976 Sao Paulo Brazil G f Foundations

Ancient Tree Forum

ATF 1993 Bristol UK N

Animal Ambassadors International

AAI Santa Fe NM USA N

Animal Assisted Intervention International

AAII 2013 Groesbeek Netherlands C y International Federations

Animal Defenders International

1990 London UK G

Animal-Kind International

AKI 2007 Jemez Springs NM USA N

Animals Asia

1998 Sheung Wan Hong Kong F

Animals Asia Foundation

AAF 1998 Sheung Wan Hong Kong F f Foundations

Animals without Frontiers - International

AWF-International 1987 Brussels Belgium G

Ape Alliance

1996 Stroud UK F y International Federations

Apimondia Foundation

1970 Bucharest Romania G f Foundations, Institutes

ApiTrade Africa

2008 Kampala Uganda D

Arab Federation of Surveyors

2002 Beirut Lebanon D

Article 36

2011 London UK G

ASEAN Federation of Land Surveying and Geomatics

AFLAG 1995 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia D

Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecologists

APACE 1997 Otsu Japan D

Asian Animal Protection Network

AAPN Lantau Hong Kong G

Asian Apicultural Association

AAA 1992 Beijing China D

Asian Dust Network

AD-Net 2001 Ibaraki Japan N

Asian Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary and Animal Science

AFAVAS Gwangju Korea Rep D f Foundations

Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies

AAAP 1980 Seoul Korea Rep D

Association for Applied Animal Andrology

AAAA 1998 Calgary AB Canada C

Association of Caribbean Beekeepers Organisations

ACBO 2002 Tobago Trinidad-Tobago E

Association of European Building Surveyors

1990 Haywards Heath UK D

Association of Holocaust Organizations

AHO 1985 Hollis NY USA D y International Federations

Association of World Reindeer Herders

WRH 1997 Kautokeino Norway D

Australasian Primate Society

1982 Magill Australia G

Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference

ARSPC S c Conference Series

Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping

ASZK 1976 Healesville Australia D

Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council

ASPAC 1990 Warragul Australia N

Balkan Federation of Apicultural Associations

Bucharest Romania D y International Federations

Balkan Society of Geometers

BSG 1994 Bucharest Romania D v

Beekeeping Network North-South

BNNS Liège Belgium F

Biosphere Foundation

1991 Campbell CA USA G f Foundations

Bolivian High Altitude Biology Institute

1963 La Paz Bolivia G j Institutes

Cambridge Conference for National Mapping Organizations

1928 Southampton UK F cg Conference Series, IGOs

Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

2013 New York NY USA F y International Federations

Centre d'actions et de réalisations internationales

CARI 1998 Viols-le-Fort France G

Centre for African Wetlands

CAW 1997 Accra Ghana E

Centre for Alpine Ecology

1992 Viote del Monte Bondone Italy G

Change For Animals Foundation

CFAF 2012 Abinger Hammer UK G f Foundations

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Isles

CDF 1959 Galapagos Ecuador F f Foundations

Christian Missions in Many Lands

CMML 1921 Spring Lake NJ USA N

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