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

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

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

Dutch Association for Tropical Forests

1981 Wageningen Netherlands G

Earth and Space Foundation

1994 Cambridge UK N f Foundations

Earth Association for Regression Therapy

EARTh 2006 Kessel-Eik Netherlands D

Earth Champions Foundation

2000 G f Foundations

Earth Charter Initiative

San José Costa Rica F Human Rights Organizations

Earth Child Institute

ECI F j Institutes

Earth Commission

2019 Stockholm Sweden E

Earth Council

1989 G

Earth Council Alliance

ECA 1992 Washington DC USA 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 Law Center

2008 New York NY USA G Human Rights Organizations

Earth League International

2013 Los Angeles CA USA F

Earth Link

2000 Zillmere Australia G

Earth Observing System

EOS Greenbelt MD USA G

Earth Organization

N

Earth Partners Foundation

2009 G f Foundations

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 Human Rights Organizations, Institutes

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

Earth5R

J

EarthCare Africa

ECAF Nairobi Kenya G

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