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

Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region

CRC 1965 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 Italy E g

Commission on Livestock Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

LDAC 1987 Santiago 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 Plymouth UK E

Committee for Mapping the Flora of Europe

CMFE 1965 Helsinki Finland E v

Committee of the Trade in Cereals, Oilseeds, Pulses, Olive Oil, Oils and Fats, Animal Feed and Agrosupply of the EU

COCERAL 1958 Brussels Belgium E yt

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites

CEOS 1984 E y

Committee on Environmental Policy

1994 Geneva Switzerland E g

Committee on Housing and Land Management

1947 Geneva Switzerland E g

Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

COPUOS 1959 Vienna Austria E g

Common Ground Research Networks

1984 Champaign IL USA F

Common Sense Environmental Fund


Commonland Foundation

Amsterdam Netherlands G f


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 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 2006 Sackville NB Canada G

Community of Sahel-Saharan States

CEN-SAD 1998 Tripoli Libya D g

Community Plant Variety Office

CPVO 1995 Angers France E g

Compassion in World Farming

CIWF 1967 Godalming UK F

Compton Foundation

1946 Redwood City CA USA G f

Confédération des ONG d'environnement et de développement de l'Afrique centrale

CONGAC 1992 Douala Cameroon D

Confédération européenne des associations d'ingénieurs agronomes

CEDIA 1987 E

Confederation of European Environmental Engineering Societies

CEEES Montigny-le-Bretonneux France D

Confederation of European Forest Owners

CEPF 1961 Brussels Belgium E

Confederation of European Paper Industries

Cepi 1992 Brussels Belgium D yt

Confédération Ornithologique Mondiale

COM 1956 Póvoa de Varzim Portugal C

Confederazione Boccistica Internazionale

CBI 1983 Ankara Türkiye C

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

Neuilly-sur-Seine France S cg

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

S ct

Conference of European Churches

CEC 1964 Brussels Belgium F y

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

CONGO 1948 Geneva Switzerland E y

Conference on Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks

LACONA 1995 S c

Conference on Small Animal Precision Image-Guided Radiotherapy

S c

Conférence Permanente des Chambres Consulaires Africaines et Francophones

CPCCAF 1973 Paris France C y

Congo Basin Forest Partnership

CBFP 2002 F gy

Congress of International Vertebrate Morphologists

Antwerp Belgium S c

Congress on Regional Geological Cartography and Information Systems

S c

Conseil européen de l'industrie chimique

CEFIC 1972 Brussels Belgium D yt

Conservation Finance Alliance