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

Goal 15 is about conserving life on land. It is to protect and restore terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and stop biodiversity loss.

Earth’s ecosystems are vital for sustaining human life, they contribute to over half of global GDP and encompass diverse cultural, spiritual, and economic values.

However, the world is facing a triple crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.

Between 2015 and 2019, at least 100 million hectares of healthy and productive land were degraded every year, impacting the lives of 1.3 billion people.

Agricultural expansion is the direct driver of almost 90 per cent of deforestation. This is in direct relation to our food systems, and oil palm harvesting accounted for 7 per cent of global deforestation from 2000 to 2018.

Global and regional efforts to sustain forest ecosystems as well as their social, economic and environmental functions are essential, in particular for developing countries and the tropics.

We need to shift humanity’s relationship with nature to achieve Goal 15, and realise that nature is the root of our life of earth. The recently adopted Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework provides renewed impetus for Goal 15, outlining four outcome- oriented goals to be achieved by 2050 and 23 targets to be achieved by 2030.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Development Innovations and Networks

1980 Geneva Switzerland F y

Development Workshop Austria

1986 Hallein Austria G

Dhaka Ahsania Mission

DAM 1958 Dhaka Bangladesh G

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

1978 Atlanta GA USA G f

Digital Green

2008 Delhi India G

Diobass, écologie et société

DES 1996 Nivelles Belgium G v

Direct Aid International

1999 Northfield VT USA N

Direct Aid International

1981 Kuwait Kuwait F f

DIVERSITAS in Western Pacific and Asia

DIWPA Network 1993 Otsu Japan E v

DMZ Forum

1997 East Meadow NY USA G

Dolphinaria-Free Europe


Donau Soja

2012 Vienna Austria D

Drawdown Europe Research Association

DERA Amsterdam Netherlands D

Drinkable Rivers

2020 Zandvoort Netherlands G


2007 Mowbray South Africa F y

Ducks Unlimited

DU 1937 Memphis TN USA F

Dunamenti Állatfajták Génmegőrző Nemzetközi Egyesülete

DAGENE 1989 Budapest Hungary D

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

1963 Trinity UK G f

Earth and Space Foundation

1994 Cambridge UK N f

Earth Association for Regression Therapy

EARTh 2006 Kessel-Eik Netherlands D

Earth Champions Foundation

2000 J f

Earth Charter International

ECI 2000 San José Costa Rica F

Earth Child Institute


Earth Commission

2019 Stockholm Sweden E

Earth Council

1989 G

Earth Day Network

EDN Washington DC USA F

Earth Economics

1998 Tacoma WA USA G

Earth Federation Movement

EFM 2007 J

Earth First

1979 G

Earth Foundation International

1990 Santiago Chile N f

Earth Institute at Columbia University

New York NY USA G j

Earth Island Institute

EII 1982 Berkeley CA USA G j

Earth Law Alliance

ELA 2012 J

Earth Law Center

2008 Durango CO USA G

Earth League International

2013 Los Angeles CA USA F

Earth Link

2000 Zillmere QLD Australia G

Earth Observing System

EOS Greenbelt MD USA G

Earth Organization


Earth Partners Foundation

2009 G f

Earth Repair Foundation

ERF Katoomba NSW Australia N f

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

Earth Security Initiative

ESI London UK G

Earth Share

Bethesda MD USA G

Earth Society Foundation

ESF New York NY USA G f

Earth Train Foundation

2001 Albany CA USA G f

Earth-Friendly Schools Hawaii-International

1992 Volcano HI USA K


2014 Mumbai India F

EarthCare Africa

ECAF Nairobi Kenya G