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

Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area, 1999

Helsinki Convention, 1999 1999 Helsinki Finland T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat

Ramsar convention 1971 Paris France T g Treaties, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Convention Relative to the Preservation of Fauna and Flora in Their Natural State

1933 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Respecting Measures for the Preservation and Protection Fur Seals in the North Pacific Ocean

1911 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Respecting the Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers and Persons in War on Land, 1901

1901 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Convention Respecting the Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers and Persons in War on Land, 1907

1907 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Convention to Ban the Importation into Forum Island Countries of Hazardous Wastes and Radioactive Wastes and to Control the Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within the South Pacific

Waigani convention 1995 T g Treaties, IGOs

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe

CDN 2002 Belgrade Serbia F

Cooperazione Internazionale

COOPI 1962 Milan Italy G Humanitarian Organizations

Coordinating Body for the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin

1984 Quito Ecuador F Human Rights Organizations

Coral Guardian

2012 Limours France G

Coral Restoration Foundation

CRF Key Largo FL USA G f Foundations

Council for a Livable World

CLW 1962 Washington DC USA G

Council for Environmentally Friendly Aviation

CEFA Lightwater UK E y International Federations

Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment

CAMRE Cairo Egypt E g IGOs

Council of European BioRegions

CEBR Brussels Belgium D

Council of European Foresters

CEF 2011 Bucharest Romania D

Council of European Geodetic Surveyors

1972 Brussels Belgium E Professional Bodies

Council on Forest Engineering

COFE Morgantown WV USA G

Cousteau Society

1973 Hampton VA USA G f

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund

CEPF 2000 Arlington VA USA E f Funds, Funds

Cruelty Free International

1898 London UK G

Cultural Survival

1972 Cambridge MA USA G Human Rights Organizations

Dacia Revival International Society

Long Island NY USA G

DAMOCLES Consortium

Paris France E y International Federations

Danish Centre for Gender, Equality and Diversity

Copenhagen Denmark G

Danish International Investment Funds

Copenhagen Denmark G gf Funds, IGOs

Danubian Alliance for the Preservation of Animal Breeds

Budapest Hungary D

Darwin Initiative

1992 London UK G

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

1964 Los Altos CA USA G f Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Guildford UK G f Foundations

Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

DSCC 2004 Amsterdam Netherlands F y International Federations

Defend International

DI 2007 Kolbotn Norway F Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa

DLCO-EA 1962 Addis Ababa Ethiopia D g IGOs

DESERTEC Foundation

2009 Hamburg Germany G f Foundations

Development Workshop Austria

1986 Hallein Austria G

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

1978 Atlanta GA USA G f Funds, Funds

Digital Green

2008 Delhi India G

Diobass, écologie et société

DES 1996 Nivelles Belgium G v

Direct Aid International

1981 Kuwait Kuwait F f Humanitarian Organizations

Direct Aid International

1999 Northfield VT USA N Humanitarian Organizations

DIVERSITAS in Western Pacific and Asia

DIWPA Network 1993 Otsu Japan E v

Diversity, Early Childhood Education and Training

DECET Brussels Belgium F

DMZ Forum

1997 East Meadow NY USA G

Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement

DOCOMOMO International 1988 Lisbon Portugal F

Dolphinaria-Free Europe

DFE F y International Federations

Drilling, Observation and Sampling of the Earth's Continental Crust

DOSECC Salt Lake City UT USA G

Drynet

Mowbray South Africa F y International Federations

Ducks Unlimited

DU 1937 Memphis TN USA F

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

1963 Trinity UK G f Foundations

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