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

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 Johannesburg 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

Entrepreneurs without Frontiers Foundation

Boechout Belgium G f Foundations

Entreprise Works / VITA

Washington DC USA G

Envirofit International

2003 Fort Collins CO USA N

Environic Foundation International

EFI 1970 Glen Allen VA USA F fv Foundations

Environment Africa

EA 1990 Harare Zimbabwe G

Environment Congress for Asia and the Pacific

ECO ASIA S c Conference Series

Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development

Environmental Ambassadors 2004 Belgrade Serbia G

Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe

ENCORE 1993 Munich Germany F c Conference Series

Environmental Defense Fund

EDF 1967 New York NY USA G Funds, Funds

Environmental Design Research Association

EDRA 1968 McLean VA USA G

Environmental Development Action in the Third World

1972 Dakar Senegal F y International Federations

Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa

EEASA 1982 Grahamstown South Africa D

Environmental Evaluators Network


Environmental Foundation for Africa

EFA Freetown Sierra Leone G f Foundations

Environmental Investigation Agency

EIA 1984 London UK G

Environmental Justice Foundation

EJF 2000 London UK G f Foundations

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

ELAW 1989 Eugene OR USA F

Environmental Law Institute

ELI 1969 Washington DC USA G Institutes

Environmental Law Network International

ELNI 1990 Bingen Germany F

Environmental Management Accounting Network

EMAN 1997 Lüneburg Germany F

Environmental Management Group

EMG 2001 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

Environmental Mutagen Society

1969 Reston VA USA G

Environmental Noetic Study and Service Centre Association

ENSCA Nideggen Germany N

Environmental Paper Network

EPN 2002 Asheville NC USA F y International Federations

Environmental Partnership for Sustainable Development

EPSD 1991 Brno Czech Rep F

Environmental Policy and Society

EPOS 1991 Linköping Sweden G

Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy

EFN 1996 Houilles France G

Environnement sans frontière

ESF 1989 Paris France G

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference

Equality Diversity Inclusion Conference 2008 S c

Espoir et vie

1995 Loriol France N

EU Defence Environmental Network

DEFNET 2001 F g IGOs

EU Umweltbüro

1994 Vienna Austria G


1996 Frankfurt-Main Germany D

Euro Chlor

1989 Brussels Belgium E