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

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 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 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 Washington DC USA 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

East Asian Biosphere Reserve Network

EABRN 1995 Beijing China F

East Asian Federation of Ecological Societies

EAFES Ishikawa Japan G

Eastern Africa Environmental Network

EAEN 1990 Nairobi Kenya F

Eastern Atlantic Hydrographic Commission

EAtHC 1984 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness

ECCEA 1995 Fort de France Martinique F

Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry

ECIAF 1954 Arima Trinidad-Tobago E gjv Institutes, IGOs

ECATS International Association

2005 Brussels Belgium E

Echoing Green

1987 New York NY USA G

ECNC - European Centre for Nature Conservation

1993 Tilburg Netherlands E y International Federations

ECNC Group

2009 Tilburg Netherlands E y International Federations

Eco Forum Global

EFG Beijing China G

ECO Platform

2013 Essen Germany J

Eco-Sys Action Foundation

Hong Kong Hong Kong F f Foundations

EcoAgriculture Partners

2002 Washington DC USA F

ECOBALTIC Foundation, Gdansk

1988 Gdansk Poland G f Foundations

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