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

Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development

1989 Georgetown Guyana G

Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research

BIDR 1974 Beer-Sheva Israel G j Institutes

Jane Goodall Institute

JGI 1977 Vienna VA USA E j Institutes

Japan Association for International Collaboration of Agriculture and Forestry

JAICAF 1978 Tokyo Japan G

Japan Fund for Global Environment

JFGE 1993 Kawasaki Japan G f Funds, Funds

Japan International Forestry Promotion and Cooperation Center

JIFPRO 1991 Tokyo Japan G

Japan International Volunteer Centre

JVC 1980 Tokyo Japan G Humanitarian Organizations

Japan Tropical Forest Action Network

JATAN 1987 Tokyo Japan G

John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel

1984 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F f Foundations

Joint Committee of IAHR and IAW on Urban Drainage

JCUD 1982 Burlington ON Canada E v

Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection

GESAMP 1969 London UK E gv United Nations Bodies, FAO Bodies, WHO Bodies, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Joint IOC/IHO Guiding Committee for the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans

GEBCO 1972 Monaco Monaco E

Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on the Transfer of Real Resources to Developing Countries

Development Committee 1974 Washington DC USA E g Funds, IGOs

JUSCANZ Group

F g IGOs

Just World Partners

1981 Edinburgh UK G

Kagoshima University Research Center for the Pacific Islands

KURCPI 1988 Kagoshima Japan N

Kaleidoscope Trust

2011 London UK G

Kevo Subarctic Research Institute

1956 Ivalo Finland N j Institutes

Kleiwerks International

KI 1998 Asheville NC USA G

Knowledge Ecology International

KEI 2006 Washington DC USA F

Kontaktstelle für Umwelt-und Entwicklung

KATE 1997 Stuttgart Germany G

KR Foundation

2014 Copenhagen Denmark F f Foundations

Kurdish Women Action Against Honour Killing

KWAHK 2000 N

Kushiro International Wetland Centre

KIWC 1995 Kushiro Japan N

Kuwait Regional Convention for Cooperation on the Protection on the Marine Environment from Pollution

1978 Safat Kuwait T g Treaties, IGOs

La main tendue

1982 Lamorlaye France G

Läkarmissionen

1958 Vällingby Sweden G Humanitarian Organizations

Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization

LVFO 1994 Jinja Uganda E g IGOs

Lambda Alpha International

LAI 1930 Wheaton IL USA N

Land Healers Foundation

LHF 2018 F f Foundations

Land O'Lakes International Development

1981 Shoreview MN USA G

Land Research Action Network

LRAN F

Land Tenure Center, Madison WI

LTC 1962 Madison WI USA N

Landcare International

LI Nairobi Kenya F

Landesa - Rural Development Institute

Landesa 1967 Seattle WA USA G j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

Landlife International

Accra Ghana N

LandsAid - Verein für Internationale Humanitäre Hilfe

LandsAid 2014 Kaufering Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Latin America Bureau, London

LAB 1977 London UK G Human Rights Organizations

Latin American and Caribbean Agro-Ecological Movement

1992 F

Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

LACFC 1948 Santiago Chile E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Latin American and Caribbean Network for Social Ecology

1989 Montevideo Uruguay F

Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds

1999 Panama Panama F y Funds, International Federations

Latin American and Caribbean Society for Environmental History

2004 Ancón Panama D

Latin American Art Resource Project

LAARP 1995 Washington DC USA G

Latin American Association for Animal Production

1966 Maracaibo Venezuela D

Latin American Association of Development of Crop and Livestock Insurance

1986 Santa Fé Argentina D

Latin American Association of Environmental Mutagens, Carcinogens and Teratogens

1980 Montevideo Uruguay D v

Latin American Association of Zoos and Aquariums

1990 Santiago Chile D

Latin American Center of Social Ecology

1989 Montevideo Uruguay E

Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Associations of Local Governments

1981 Mexico City Mexico D

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