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

Climate Action Network

CAN 1989 Bonn Germany F y

Climate Action Network Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

1994 E

Climate Alliance

1990 Frankfurt-Main Germany F

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 for Rainforest Nations

CfRN 2005 New York NY USA F g

Coastal and Marine Union - EUCC

1989 Leiden Netherlands E

Coastal Conservation Network

CCN Costa Mesa CA USA G

Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation

CERF Encinitas CA USA G f

Coastal Watershed Institute

CWI Port Angeles WA USA G j

Code REDD

Mill Valley CA USA J

Collaborative Partnership on Forests

CPF 1995 New York NY USA E gy

Collegium Ramazzini

1982 Bologna BO Italy N

Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo

CCAD 1989 La Libertad La Libertad El Salvador E g

Comisión Juridica para el Autodesarrollo de los Pueblos Originarios Andinos

CAPAJ 1993 Tacna Tacna Peru E

Comisión Permanente del Pacifico Sur

CPPS 1952 Guayaquil Ecuador D g

Comité permanent inter-Etats de lutte contre la sécheresse dans le Sahel

CILSS 1973 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso D g

Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South-West Asia

SWAC 1964 Rome RM Italy E g

Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region

CRC 1965 Cairo Cairo Egypt 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 for the Geological Map of the World

CGMW 1881 Paris France B

Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

CGRFA 1983 Rome RM Italy E g

Commission on Livestock Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

LDAC 1987 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile E g

Committee Against Bird Slaughter

CABS 1975 Bonn Germany 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 Mapping the Flora of Europe

CMFE 1965 Helsinki Finland E v

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

Committee on Housing and Land Management

1947 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

Common Sense Environmental Fund

CSEF J f

Commonland Foundation

Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Commonweal

1975 Bolinas CA USA G

Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy

CASLE 1969 Bristol UK C

Commonwealth Environmental Journalists Association

CEJA 1998 D

Commonwealth Forestry Association

CFA 1921 Craven Arms UK C

Commonwealth Human Ecology Council

CHEC 1969 London UK C

Community Based Impact Assessment Network for Eastern Africa

CIANEA Kampala Uganda D

Community Forestry International

CFI 1999 Lake Tahoe CA USA G

Community Forests International

CFI 2008 Sackville NB Canada G

Community of Sahel-Saharan States

CEN-SAD 1998 D g

Community Plant Variety Office

CPVO 1995 Angers France E g

Compassion in World Farming

CIWF 1967 Godalming UK F

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