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

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 Alliance for Diversity and Equality

ECADE 2015 Castries St Lucia D

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


2005 Barcelona Spain G

EcoAgriculture Partners

2002 Washington DC USA F

ECOBALTIC Foundation, Gdansk

1988 Gdansk Poland G f Foundations


2009 Lima Peru G

Ecocity Builders

1992 Oakland CA USA G

EcoHealth Alliance

1971 New York NY USA G fv Foundations


Escondido CA USA G f Foundations

EcoLogic Development Fund

1993 Cambridge MA USA G f Funds, Funds

Ecologic Institut

1995 Berlin Germany F j Institutes

Ecologica International Association

2007 Naples Italy D

Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers

ETAD 1974 Basel Switzerland D

Ecological Defense Group


Ecological Sanitation for Latin America and the Caribbean

Quito Ecuador G

Ecological Society for Eastern Africa

ESEA 2007 Nairobi Kenya D

Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland

1970 Giessen Germany F v

Ecological Tourism in Europe

1991 Bonn Germany G

Ecologists Linked for Organizing Grassroots Initiatives and Action

ECOLOGIA 1989 Middlebury VT USA G

Ecologists Without Borders


Ecology Action

1971 Willits CA USA N

EcoMed 21

Paris France J


2012 Doha Qatar F

EcoNews Africa

ENA 1992 Nairobi Kenya G

Economic and Statistical Observatory for Sub-Saharan Africa

AFRISTAT 1993 Bamako Mali F g IGOs

Economy and Environment Programme for Southeast Asia

EEPSEA 1993 Los Baños Philippines E

Ecopeace Asia

2009 Seoul Korea Rep G

EcoPeace Middle East

1994 Amman Jordan E

Ecopedagogy Association International

Grand Forks ND USA N

Ecopolitics Association of Australasia

1995 Magill Australia N


Chesapeake VA USA F UNESCO Bodies


2005 Plakakia Greece F

Eden Foundation

1985 Falkenberg Sweden N f Foundations

Éducation et Diversité Linguistique et Culturelle

EDiLiC 2010 J

Eduforest International Forestry Training Network

La Bastide des Jourdans France F

EECONET Action Fund

EAF 1995 Leiden Netherlands F f Funds, Funds

Egyptian Arab Land Bank

1947 Giza Egypt G ge Corporations, Companies, Banks, IGOs


Menlo Park South Africa D

EKOenergy Network

EKOenergy 2010 Helsinki Finland F