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 Workcamps

1948 Bonn Germany G

International Working Group on Satellite-Based Emergency Mapping

IWG-SEM 2012 F y

Internationaler Hilfsfonds

IH Brussels Belgium G f

Internationals amis de la nature

IAN 1895 D

Interregional Union of Life Help for Mentally Handicapped Persons

Sail of Hope J

Inuit Circumpolar Council

ICC 1977 Nuuk Greenland F

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

IRC 1984 Inuvik NT Canada N


1997 Dickinson ND USA F

IOC Sub-Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States

IOCAFRICA 2011 Nairobi Kenya K g

IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions

IOCARIBE 1982 Cartagena de Indias Bolivar Colombia E g


1998 Berkeley CA USA F


1968 The Hague Netherlands E

ISEAL Alliance

2002 London UK D y

Isis International - Manila

1974 Quezon City Philippines F

Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences

IFEES Birmingham UK G f

Islamic Relief Worldwide

IRWW 1984 Birmingham UK F

Island Conservation

CI Santa Cruz CA USA G

Island Dynamics

2009 Copenhagen Denmark F

Islands and Small States Institute, Malta

ISSI 1989 Msida Malta E j

Islands Commission

1979 Rennes France E

Islands of the Baltic Sea

B7 1989 Stralsund Germany D g

ISRIC - World Soil Information

1966 Wageningen Netherlands E

Istituto Europeo di Educazione e Formazione Professionale per l'Ambiente "Pegaso" Onlus

Istituto Europeo Pegaso Onlus 2007 Foggia FG Italy E j

IUCN WCPA Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas

CSVPA 1998 Wageningen Netherlands E

IUPS Commission on Genomics and Biodiversity

2002 Seoul Korea Rep K

Ivory For Elephants


Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development

1989 Georgetown Guyana G

Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research

BIDR 1974 Beersheba Israel G j

Jane Goodall Institute

JGI 1977 Vienna VA USA E j

Japan Association for International Collaboration of Agriculture and Forestry

JAICAF 1978 Tokyo Japan G

Japan Fund for Global Environment

JFGE 1993 Kawasaki Fukuoka Japan G f

Japan International Forestry Promotion and Cooperation Center

JIFPRO 1991 Tokyo Japan G

Japan International Volunteer Centre

JVC 1980 Tokyo Japan G

Japan Tropical Forest Action Network

JATAN 1987 Tokyo Japan G

Jesuit Conference of European Provincials

JCEP Brussels Belgium F

Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa

JENA Nairobi Kenya F

John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel

1984 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F f

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

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

GEBCO 1972 Monte Carlo 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

Jóvenes del Tercer Mundo

1988 Madrid Madrid Spain G

JRE- Jeunes Restaurateurs

JRE 1990 Eindhoven Netherlands D v


F g

Just World Partners

1981 Edinburgh UK G

Kagoshima University Research Center for the Pacific Islands

KURCPI 1988 Kagoshima Kagoshima Japan N

Kaleidoscope Trust

2011 London UK G

Kevo Subarctic Research Institute

1956 Ivalo Finland N j

KIMO International

1990 Lerwick UK D

Kleiwerks International

KI 1998 Asheville NC USA G