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

African Biodiversity Network

ABN 2002 Thika Kenya F

African Bird Club

ABC 1994 Cambridge F

African Centre for Aquatic Research and Education

ACARE 2017 Ann Arbor MI USA D

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 Centre for Fertilizer Development

ACFD 1987 Harare Zimbabwe E g

African Coalition for Corporate Accountability

ACCA 2013 Pretoria D y

African Conservation Centre

ACC Nairobi Kenya G

African Conservation Foundation

ACF 1999 London UK G f

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

African Development Aid Association

ADAA 1988 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G

African Forest Forum

AFF Nairobi Kenya F v

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

AFWC 1959 Accra E g

African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services

AFAAS 2005 Kampala Uganda F

African Geoparks Network

AGN 2009 El Jadida Morocco F

African Green Foundation International

AGFI 1995 Garki J f

African Greens Federation

AGF 2010 Kigali Rwanda D

African Initiatives

1995 Bristol UK G

African Library and Information Associations and Institutions

AfLIA 2013 Accra Ghana D

African Life Cycle Assessment Network

ALCANET J

African Ministerial Conference on the Environment

AMCEN Nairobi Kenya F cg

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 Network for Geo-Education

ANGE El Jadida Morocco F v

African Office for Development and Cooperation

1976 Dakar Senegal G

African Organic Network

AfrONet 2012 Dar es Salaam J

African Parks

AP 2000 Bryanston South Africa F

African Plant Nutrition Institute

APNI 2019 Ben Guerir D

African Primatological Society

APS 2016 J

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

African Women Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment

AWLAE 1990 Nairobi Kenya G

African-Asian Rural Development Organization

AARDO 1962 Delhi C g

Africare

1970 Washington DC USA F

AfriMAB Network

1996 Paris France F

AfriOceans Conservation Alliance

AOCA 2003 Fish Hoek South Africa G

Afrique verte

Montreuil France G y

Afriterra Foundation

G f

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

1948 Rome Italy E g

Agence de l'eau Rhin-Meuse

1964 Moulins-lès-Metz France G g

Agence Panafricaine de la Grande Muraille Verte

APGMV 2010 Nouakchott Mauritania D g

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

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

1983 T g

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

1956 T g

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

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