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


Goal 15 is about conserving life on land. It is to protect and restore terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and stop biodiversity loss.

Earth’s ecosystems are vital for sustaining human life, they contribute to over half of global GDP and encompass diverse cultural, spiritual, and economic values.

However, the world is facing a triple crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.

Between 2015 and 2019, at least 100 million hectares of healthy and productive land were degraded every year, impacting the lives of 1.3 billion people.

Agricultural expansion is the direct driver of almost 90 per cent of deforestation. This is in direct relation to our food systems, and oil palm harvesting accounted for 7 per cent of global deforestation from 2000 to 2018.

Global and regional efforts to sustain forest ecosystems as well as their social, economic and environmental functions are essential, in particular for developing countries and the tropics.

We need to shift humanity’s relationship with nature to achieve Goal 15, and realise that nature is the root of our life of earth. The recently adopted Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework provides renewed impetus for Goal 15, outlining four outcome- oriented goals to be achieved by 2050 and 23 targets to be achieved by 2030.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Children of Conservation

Atlanta GA USA N

Children of the Green Earth

1980 N

China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

CCICED 1992 Beijing China G

Christensen Fund

TCF 1957 San Francisco CA USA G f

Christian Conference of Asia

CCA 1959 Chiang Mai Thailand D

Christian Missions in Many Lands

CMML 1921 Spring Lake NJ USA N

Church Monuments Society

1979 Okehampton UK N v

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program

CBMP Akureyri Iceland E y

Circumpolar Conservation Union

CCU 1993 Washington DC USA G

Citizens for a United Earth

CUE 1985 Ionia NY USA G

Citizens' Alliance for Saving the Atmosphere and the Earth

CASA 1988 Osaka Japan G

Civic Life International

2004 Kettering OH USA G

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y

Clay Minerals Society

CMS Chantilly VA USA C

Clean Cooking Alliance

2010 Washington DC USA E

Clean Sky Joint Undertaking

Clean Sky JU 2008 Brussels Belgium E

Clean Up the World

CUW 1993 Darlinghurst NSW Australia F

ClientEarth

London UK F

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

Climate Cleanup Foundation

CC Amsterdam Netherlands G fv

Climate Ledger Initiative

CLI 2016 Zurich Switzerland E

Club Delahaye

CD 1966 Abondant France N

Club of Rome

COR 1968 Winterthur Switzerland F

Coalition Clean Baltic

CCB 1990 Uppsala Sweden F y

Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreements

CFFA 1992 Brussels Belgium E

Coalition for Rainforest Nations

CfRN 2005 New York NY USA F g

Coalition of African Animal Welfare Organisations

CAAWO Gordon's Bay South Africa G

Coalition of Agricultural Workers International

CAWI 2005 Penang Malaysia C y

Coalition of Fragile Ecosystems

COFE 2017 J

Coalition pour la Protection du Patrimoine Génétique Africain

COPAGEN 2004 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire D

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 Intergovernmental Scientific Research Institute

CISRI 2000 Novara Italy E gj

Collaborative Partnership on Forests

CPF 1995 New York NY USA E gy

Collegium Ramazzini

1982 Bologna Italy N

Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo

CCAD 1989 La Libertad El Salvador E g

Comisión Juridica para el Autodesarrollo de los Pueblos Originarios Andinos

CAPAJ 1993 Tacna Peru E

Comisión Permanente del Pacifico Sur

CPPS 1952 Guayaquil Ecuador D g

Comité Catholique contre la Faim et pour le Développement-Terre Solidaire

CCFD-Terre Solidaire 1961 Paris France G

Comité européen de normalisation

CEN 1961 Brussels Belgium D y

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

CILSS 1973 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso D g

Commission des forêts d'Afrique centrale

COMIFAC 2000 Yaoundé Cameroon F g

Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South-West Asia

SWAC 1964 Rome Italy E g

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