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

Euro Chlor

1989 Brussels Belgium E


1957 Antwerp Belgium G

Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Research on Arid Areas

CRSTRA 1991 Biskra Algeria G g IGOs

Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics

ICoD 1987 Msida Malta E g IGOs


2017 E g IGOs

Eurogroup for Animals

1980 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

EUROLIM - Federation of Limousin Herd Books within the European Union

EUROLIM 1989 Llandovery UK E


Paris France E UNESCO Bodies

EuroNatur - European Nature Heritage Fund

1987 Radolfzell Germany F f Funds, Foundations

Europan Committee for Conservation of Bryophytes

ECCB 1990 Portree UK D

EUROPARC Federation

1973 Regensburg Germany E

Europe Écologie - Les Verts

EELV 2016 Montreuil France G

European Academy for Environmental Medicine

EUROPAEM Hermeskeil Germany E

European Academy of the Urban Environment, Berlin

EA-UE 1991 Berlin Germany G

European Agroforestry Federation

EURAF 2011 D

European Animal Research Association

EARA 2014 London UK D y International Federations

European Arboricultural Council

EAC 1993 Bad Honnef Germany D y International Federations

European Association Architectural Heritage Restoration Firms

1992 Madrid Spain D

European Association for Critical Animal Studies

EACAS 2015 D

European Association for Holocaust Studies

2003 Krakow Poland D

European Association for Rural Development Institutions

1965 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage

ProGEO Oslo Norway D

European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment

EASLCE La Laguna Spain D

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

EAERE 1990 Venice Italy D v

European Association of Geosynthetic product Manufacturers


European Association of Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust

EUAS 2001 Amsterdam Netherlands D

European Association of Livestock Markets

1983 Brussels Belgium D

European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists

EAVP 2003 Karlsruhe Germany D

European Bentonite Producers Association

EUBA 1999 Brussels Belgium D

European Boxwood and Topiary Society

EBTS 1996 J

European Broadcasting Union

EBU 1950 Geneva Switzerland D European Union Bodies

European Bureau for Conservation and Development

EBCD 1989 Brussels Belgium F

European Centre for Ecological and Agricultural Tourism

ECEAT International 1994 Gärsnäs Sweden D

European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals

ECETOC 1978 Brussels Belgium E

European Centre for Ethnolinguistic Cartography

1986 E v

European Centre for Heritage Crafts and Professions

1976 Thiene Italy E g Professional Bodies, IGOs

European Centre for Restoration Techniques

ECR 1988 Heusden-Zolder Belgium G

European Centre for River Restoration

ECRR 1995 E

European Centre on Forest Fires

ECFF 2003 Athens Greece G g IGOs

European Cetacean Bycatch Campaign


European Cetacean Society

ECS 1987 Koper Slovenia D v

European Charter on Environment and Health

1989 T g Treaties, IGOs

European Chemical Industry Council

1972 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

European Chlorinated Solvent Association

ECSA 1989 Brussels Belgium E

European Christian Environmental Network

ECEN 1998 Brussels Belgium F

European Clay Groups Association

ECGA 1987 Grenoble France D

European College of Animal Reproduction

ECAR 1999 Munich Germany E v

European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine


European Colloquium on Geo-Chronology, Cosmo-Chronology and Isotope Geology

Jerusalem Israel S c Conference Series

European Committee of Environmental Technology Suppliers Associations

EUCETSA 1999 Brussels Belgium E