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

International Society of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety

SECOTOX 1972 Neuherberg Germany D

International Society of Environmental Botanists

ISEB 1994 Lucknow Uttar Pradesh India G v

International Society of Environmental Indicators

ISEI D

International Society of Environmental Micropaleontology, Microbiology and Meiobenthology

ISEMMM 2001 Chennai Tamil Nadu India D

International Society of Exposure Science

ISES 1989 Herndon VA USA G v

International Society of Food, Agriculture and Environment

ISFAE 2003 Helsinki Finland D

International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

ISHRS 1992 Geneva IL USA G

International Society of Life Information Science

ISLIS Chiba Chiba Japan N

International Society of Mediterranean Ecology

ISOMED 1984 Lisbon Portugal D

International Society of Naturalists

INSONA 1975 Vadodara Gujarat India G

International Society of Organic Agriculture Research

ISOFAR Westerau Germany D

International Society of Paddy and Water Environment Engineering

PAWEES 2003 Nara Nara Japan D

International Society of the Built Environment

ISBE 1989 Milton Keynes UK D v

International Society of Tropical Foresters

ISTF 1950 New Haven CT USA B y

International Society of Vertebrate Morphology

ISVM 1994 Friday Harbor WA USA C v

International Soil and Plant Analysis Council

Windsor CO USA E

International Soil Conservation Organization

ISCO 1983 Honolulu HI USA F

International Soil Moisture Network

ISMN Vienna Austria J

International Soil Tillage Research Organization

ISTRO 1973 Dundee UK B

International Sol-Gel Society

ISGS 2003 Los Angeles CA USA E

International Sonoran Desert Alliance

ISDA 1994 Ajo AZ USA N

International Space Environment Service

ISES 1962 Boulder CO USA F

International Spirit of Life Foundation

ISLF Silver Spring MD USA N f

International Sport for Life Society

2011 Victoria BC Canada G

International Standing Committee of the International Congress on Animal Reproduction

1948 Sydney NSW Australia F cv

International Symposium on Environmental Issues and Waste Management in Energy and Minerals Production

SWEMP S c

International Symposium on Inorganic and Environmental Materials

ISIEM S c

International Symposium on Plant-Soil Interactions at Low PH

PSILPH 1987 S c

International Symposium on Soil Biology

Budapest Hungary S c

International Symposium on Viruses of Lower Vertebrates

ISVLV S c

International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation

ITOPF 1968 London UK B

International Teak Information Network

TEAKNET 1995 Thrissur Kerala India F y

International Telecommunication Union

ITU 1985 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

International Tree Foundation

ITF 1924 Oxford UK G f

International Triticeae Mapping Initiative

ITMI 1989 F

International Tropical Timber Organization

ITTO 1985 Yokohama Kanagawa Japan B g

International Trust for Nature Conservation

ITNC London UK N

International Trypanotolerance Centre

ITC 1982 Banjul Gambia E

International Tundra Experiment

ITEX 1990 Vancouver BC Canada F

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

IUCN 1948 Gland VD Switzerland A y

International Union for Land Value Taxation and Free Trade

The IU 1926 Santa Monica CA USA C

International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations

IUAPPA 1964 Burgess Hill UK C y

International Union of Forest Research Organizations

IUFRO 1892 Vienna Austria B y

International Union of Geological Sciences

IUGS 1961 Beijing Beijing China A y

International Union of Radioecology

IUR 1978 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance France C v

International Union of Soil Sciences

IUSS 1924 Vienna Austria B

International Urban Development Association

INTA 1975 Paris France C

International Urban Planning and Environment Association

IUPEA 1952 Seattle WA USA E

International Voice of Justice

IVOJ New York NY USA G

International Whales Network

IWN 2008 Paciano PG Italy K

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