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

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites

CEOS 1984 Saint-Hubert QC Canada E y International Federations

Committee on Environmental Policy

1994 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

Committee on Housing and Land Management

1947 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

Common Sense Environmental Fund

CSEF J f Funds, Funds

Commonland Foundation

Amsterdam Netherlands G f Foundations


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 Berlin Canada G

Community of Sahel-Saharan States

CEN-SAD 1998 D g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Community Plant Variety Office

CPVO 1995 Angers France E g European Union Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Compassion in World Farming

CIWF 1967 Godalming UK F

Compton Foundation

1946 Redwood City CA USA G f Foundations

Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left

1994 Brussels Belgium F

Confederation of Environmental and Development NGOs of Central Africa

1992 Douala Cameroon D

Confederation of European Environmental Engineering Societies

CEEES Montigny-le-Bretonneux France D

Confederation of European Forest Owners

CEPF 1961 Brussels Belgium E

Conférence des ministres chargés de l'environnement des pays ayant en commun l'usage du français

Neuilly-sur-Seine France S gc Conference Series, IGOs

Conference of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Island Regions of the European Union

S c Conference Series

Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations

CONGO 1948 Geneva Switzerland E y United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Conference on Small Animal Precision Image-Guided Radiotherapy

S c

Congo Basin Forest Partnership

CBFP 2002 F gy International Federations, IGOs

Congress of International Vertebrate Morphologists

Antwerp Belgium S c Conference Series

Congress on Regional Geological Cartography and Information Systems

S c Conference Series

Conservation Finance Alliance


Conservation Force

Metairie LA USA F

Conservation International

CI 1987 Arlington VA USA G

Conservation Through Public Health

CTPH Entebbe Uganda J

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation

1985 Boston MA USA G f Foundations

Conservation, Research and Education Opportunities International


Conserve Africa Foundation

1998 London UK G f Foundations

Consortium for the Barcode of Life

CBOL 2004 Washington DC USA F y International Federations

Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion

1993 Lima Peru F

Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities

CETAF 1996 Brussels Belgium F

Convenio Centroamericano para la Protección del Medio Ambiente

1989 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning the Transit of Animals, Meat and other Products of Animal Origin

1935 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African Region

Abidjan convention 1981 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for Cooperation in the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northeast Pacific

NEP 2002 Nairobi Kenya T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation and Management of the Vicuña

1979 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation of Anadromous Stocks in the North Pacific Ocean

1992 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals

CCAS 1972 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation of Salmon in the North Atlantic Ocean

1982 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna

1993 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation of the Biodiversity and the Protection of Wilderness Areas in Central America

1992 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Environment

Jeddah convention 1982 Jeddah Saudi Arabia T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Establishment of Stations for Agricultural Experiments and Animal Industries

1923 T g Treaties, IGOs