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

Agroecology Europe

2016 Gaurain-Ramecroix Belgium D

AgroEcology Fund

AEF 2012 J f Funds

AID/WATCH

1992 Erskineville Australia G

Air and Waste Management Association

A and WMA 1907 Pittsburgh PA USA N Professional Bodies

Åland International Institute of Comparative Island Studies

AICIS 2007 Mariehamn Finland N j Institutes

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

1939 Boston MA USA G

Albertine Rift Conservation Society

ARCOS 1995 Cambridge UK E

Alcoa Foundation

1952 F f Foundations

Aleut International Association

AIA 1998 Anchorage AK USA G

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

AGRA 2006 Nairobi Kenya F

Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment

ACE 1995 Brussels Belgium F

Alliance for Social and Ecological Consumer Organisations

ASECO D

Alliance for Sustainability

1983 Minneapolis MN USA G

Alliance for Zero Extinction

AZE 2005 The Plains VA USA C y

Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums

AMMPA 1987 G y International Federations

Alliance of Religions and Conservation

ARC 1995 Bath UK F

Alliance of Small Island States

AOSIS 1990 New York NY USA F g IGOs

Alliance to End Plastic Waste

2019 Dover DE USA C

ALTER-Net

Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research

ACEER 1991 West Chester PA USA G

Amazon Conservation Association

ACA 1999 Washington DC USA G

Amazon Conservation Team

ACT Arlington VA USA G

Amazon Environmental Research Institute

1995 Belém Brazil G j Institutes

Amazon International Rainforest Reserve

AIRR 1991 Dallas TX USA N

Amazon Watch

1996 Oakland CA USA G Human Rights Organizations

Ambulances animaux sans frontières

Ambulances ASF 1994 Brussels Belgium G

AME World Ecology Foundation

1976 Sao Paulo Brazil G f Foundations

American Academy of Environmental Medicine

AAEM 1965 Wichita KS USA N v

American Fisheries Society

AFS 1870 Bethesda MD USA G v

AmeriGEOSS

E g

Amphibian Ark

AArk Apple Valley MN USA E y International Federations

Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems

AnaEE F

Ancient Forest International

AFI 1990 Redway CA USA G

Ancient Tree Forum

ATF 1993 Bristol UK N

Andean Institute of Ecology and Development

Cusco Peru G j Institutes

Andean-Patagonian Forestry Research and Advisory Centre

1988 Esquel Argentina G

Animal Ambassadors International

AAI Santa Fe NM USA N

Animal Assisted Intervention International

AAII 2013 Groesbeek Netherlands C y International Federations

Animal Defenders International

1990 London UK G

Animal Liberation Front

ALF 1976 Los Angeles CA USA F

Animal Medical Care Foundation

AMCF Dongen Netherlands N f Foundations

Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and the Pacific

APHCA 1975 Bangkok Thailand E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Animal Traction Network for Eastern and Southern Africa

ATNESA 1990 Nairobi Kenya F

Animal Transportation Association

ATA 1975 Warrenton VA USA F

Animal Venom Research International

AVRI Moreno Valley CA USA N

Animal-Kind International

AKI 2007 Jemez Springs NM USA N

Animals Asia

1998 Sheung Wan Hong Kong F

Animals Asia Foundation

AAF 1998 Sheung Wan Hong Kong F f Foundations

Animals without Frontiers - International

AWF-International 1987 Brussels Belgium G

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition

ASOC 1978 Washington DC USA F y International Federations

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