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

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

AFWC 1959 Accra Ghana E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

African Geoparks Network

AGN 2009 El Jadida Morocco F

African Green Foundation International

AGFI 1995 Garki-Abuja Nigeria J f Foundations

African Greens Federation

AGF 2010 Kigali Rwanda D

African Highland Initiative Eco-regional Programme

AHI 1995 Kampala Uganda F

African Initiatives

1995 Bristol UK G Human Rights Organizations

African Life Cycle Assessment Network

ALCANET J

African Man and Environment Alliance, Congo DR

J

African Ministerial Conference on the Environment

AMCEN Nairobi Kenya F gc Conference Series, IGOs

African Model Forest Network

AMFN 2009 E

African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education

ANAFE 1993 Nairobi Kenya F

African Network for Environment and Economic Justice

ANEEJ 1995 Benin City Nigeria G

African Office for Development and Cooperation

1976 Dakar Senegal G Humanitarian Organizations

African Organic Network

AfrONet 2012 Dar es Salaam Tanzania UR F

African Organization of Cartography and Remote Sensing

AOCRS 1988 Tripoli Libyan AJ D g IGOs

African Rainforest Conservancy

ARC 1991 New York NY USA G

African Regional Institute for Geospatial Information Science and Technology

AFRIGIST 1972 Ile Ife Nigeria E g IGOs

African Women Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment

AWLAE 1990 Nairobi Kenya G

African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests

2009 Edéa Cameroon J

Africare

1970 Washington DC USA F Humanitarian Organizations

AfriMAB Network

1996 Paris France F

AfriOceans Conservation Alliance

AOCA 2003 Fish Hoek South Africa G

Afrique verte

Montreuil France G y International Federations

Afriterra Foundation

G f Foundations

AFWC/EFC/NEFC Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea

1948 Rome Italy E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Agence de l'eau Rhin-Meuse

1964 Moulin-les-Metz France G g IGOs

Agence pour la Solidarité Internationale, la Culture, le Développement et l'Environnement

AMORCES Paris France G

AGRECOL Afrique: Networking and Information Centre for Sustainable Agriculture in Africa

2001 Thiès Senegal G

Agreed Measures for the Conservation of Antarctic Fauna and Flora

1964 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement between the Central African States Concerning the Creation of a Special Fund for the Conservation of Wild Fauna

1983 T g Funds, Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning Cooperation for the Saving of Human Lives and Assistance to Vessels and Aircraft in Distress in the Black Sea

1956 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Preservation or the Re-establishment of the Rights of Industrial Property Affected by the World War

1920 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Voluntary Contributions to be Given for the Execution of the Project to Preserve and Develop the Monumental Site of Mohenjodaro

1980 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement Concerning the Voluntary Contributions to be Given for the Execution of the Project to Preserve Borobudur

1973 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement for Cooperation and Consultation between the Central African States for the Conservation of Wild Fauna

1983 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

1995 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Conservation of Polar Bears

1973 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Cooperative Enforcement Operations Directed at Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora

1994 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Action Plan for the Environmentally Sound Management of the Common Zambezi River System

1987 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

ACAP 2001 Hobart Australia T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area

ACCOBAMS 1996 Monaco Monaco T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Gorillas and Their Habitats

2007 Bonn Germany T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats

EUROBATS 1991 Bonn Germany T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Seals in the Wadden Sea

1990 Wilhelmshaven Germany T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas

ASCOBANS 1992 Bonn Germany T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Exploitation and Conservation of the Maritime Resources of the South Pacific

1952 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Joint Regulations of Fauna and Flora

1977 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Preparation of a Tripartite Environmental Management Programme for Lake Victoria

1994 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on the Preservation of the Confidentiality of Data Concerning Deep Seabed Areas

1986 T g Treaties, IGOs

Agreement on Transboundary Cooperation with a View to Preventing or Limiting Harmful Effects for Human Beings, Property or the Environment in the Event of Accidents

1989 T g Treaties, IGOs

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