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


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


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

ELC International

ELCI 1975 Nairobi Kenya F y International Federations

ELIX - Conservation Volunteers Greece

ELIX-CVG 1987 Athens Greece G

Emerald Network

1989 Strasbourg France K gy International Federations, IGOs

Emergency, Prevention, Preparedness and Response

EPPR 1991 Tromsí Norway E gy International Federations, IGOs

Encyclopedia of Life

EOL 2007 Washington DC USA E

End-of-Life Research Group

Brussels Belgium G

Endangered Species International

ESI 2006 San Francisco CA USA F

Endangered Wildlife Trust

EWT 1973 Parkview South Africa G


2006 Horsham UK J y International Federations

Ends of the Earth Mission

EOTEM 1995 Beeville TX USA N

Energy and Environment Group

New York NY USA K g IGOs

Energy Charter Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Effects

1994 T g Treaties, IGOs

Energy Peat Europe

EPE 2016 Brussels Belgium D

Energypact Foundation

Vienna Austria F f

Engineers Without Borders International

EWB International 2002 Denver CO USA F


Mons Belgium J

Enterprise for the Americas Initiative and Tropical Forest Conservation Act

EAI/TFCA 1992 Washington DC USA G