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

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

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

DOSECC Salt Lake City UT USA G

Drynet

Mowbray South Africa F y

Ducks Unlimited

DU 1937 Memphis TN USA F

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

1963 Trinity UK G f Foundations

Dutch Association for Tropical Forests

1981 Wageningen Netherlands G

Earth and Space Foundation

1994 Cambridge UK N f Foundations

Earth Champions Foundation

2000 G f Foundations

Earth Charter Initiative

San José Costa Rica F

Earth Child Institute

ECI New York NY USA F j Institutes

Earth Council

1989 G

Earth Council Alliance

ECA 1992 F

Earth Day Network

EDN Washington DC USA F

Earth Economics

1998 Tacoma WA USA G

Earth Federation Movement

EFM 2007 Radford VA USA K

Earth First

1979 G

Earth Foundation International

1990 Santiago Chile N f Foundations

Earth Institute at Columbia University

New York NY USA G j Institutes

Earth Island Institute

EII 1982 Berkeley CA USA G j Institutes

Earth Law Alliance

ELA 2012 J

Earth Link

2000 Zillmere Australia G

Earth Observing System

EOS Greenbelt MD USA G

Earth Organization

N

Earth Partners Foundation

2009 G f

Earth Repair Foundation

ERF Katoomba Australia N f Foundations

Earth Restoration Corps

ERC 1999 Crestone CO USA N

Earth Restoration Service

ERS 2004 London UK G

Earth Rights Institute

ERI 2001 Santa Monica CA USA G j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

Earth Security Initiative

ESI London UK G

Earth Share

Bethesda MD USA G

Earth Society Foundation

ESF New York NY USA G f Foundations

Earth Train Foundation

2001 Albany CA USA G f Foundations

Earth-Friendly Schools Hawaii-International

1992 Volcano HI USA K

EarthCare Africa

ECAF Nairobi Kenya G

Earthcorps

1993 Seattle WA USA G

Earthjustice

1971 San Francisco CA USA G f Funds, Human Rights Organizations

Earthlife Africa

ELA 1988 Dalbridge South Africa G v

Earthmind

2006 Gland Switzerland G

Earthrace Conservation

F

EarthRights International

ERI 1994 Chiang Mai Thailand G Human Rights Organizations

Earthstewards Network

1980 Bainbridge Island WA USA G v

Earthtrust

1976 Kailua HI USA G

EarthVoice

1991 Washington DC USA G

Earthwatch Europe

1985 Oxford UK G

Earthwatch Institute

1972 Boston MA USA F j Institutes

East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies

ESAFS 1990 Taipei Taiwan D

East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics

EAAERE 2010 Kyoto Japan D

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