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

Latin American Forestry Institute

1959 Mérida Venezuela G gj FAO Bodies, Institutes, IGOs

Latin American Forum of Environmental Sciences

1989 La Plata Argentina F

Latin American Information System on Trade and Environment

Montevideo Uruguay K

Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations


Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflict, Chile

Santiago Chile G

Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology

2007 La Plata Argentina D

Latin American Society of Soil Science

1955 Cuautitlan Izcalli Mexico D

Latin-American Vermiculture Network


Lawyers Alliance for World Security

LAWS 1981 Washington DC USA G

Leadership for Conservation in Africa

LCA 2006 F

Leadership for Environment and Development

LEAD International 1991 Epsom UK E

League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development

LPP 1992 Ober-Ramstadt Germany G

Learning Environments Australasia

A4LE Beechworth Australia G

Learning for Life

LFL London UK G

Leather Working Group

LWG 2005 Northampton UK D

Legal Commission for the Self-Development of the Indigenous Peoples of the Andes

1993 Tacna Peru E Human Rights Organizations

Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology

1991 Bremen Germany G

Lessons for Life

London UK G f Foundations

Leuser International Foundation

LIF 1994 Jakarta Indonesia G f Foundations

Life and Peace Institute

LPI 1985 Uppsala Sweden E j Institutes

Life Cycle Initiative

LCI 2002 Paris France E y International Federations

Life Decisions International

LDI 1992 Front Royal VA USA G

Life for Relief and Development

1993 Southfield MI USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Life For The World Trust

LFTW 1967 High Wycombe UK N

LIFE Network

2000 Ober-Ramstadt Germany F

Lifeforce Foundation

1980 Vancouver BC Canada N f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations


LH 1980 Telluride CO USA G

Lions Clubs International

1917 Oak Brook IL USA F Clubs, Humanitarian Organizations

Liquid Gas Europe

1968 Brussels Belgium D

Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards

LEGS 2009 Great Holland UK F

Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance Partnership

LEAP 2010 Rome Italy E y International Federations

Living Earth Foundation

1987 London UK G f Foundations

Local Authorities International Environmental Organization

1990 Lerwick UK D

Local Futures

1975 Totnes UK D

Lutheran World Relief

LWR 1945 Baltimore MD USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Macquarie University Centre for International and Environmental Law

MU-CIEL Sydney Australia G

Mad'in Europe

2013 Brussels Belgium J

Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group

MFG 1987 Naples FL USA F

Major Groups Partnership on Forests

MGPoF Ottawa ON Canada F

Man-Environment Research Association

MERA 1982 Osaka Japan G

Manfred-Hermsen-Stiftung for Nature Conservation and Environmental Protection

2001 Bremen Germany N f Foundations

Mangroves for the Future

MFF 2006 Bangkok Thailand E y International Federations

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

1969 Manomet MA USA N

Many Strong Voices

MSV London UK E


1997 Little Missenden UK G

MAREVIVO Associazione Ambientalista

Rome Italy G

Marine Connection

1997 Cawdor UK G

Marine Conservation Institute

1996 Seattle WA USA G j Institutes

Marine Conservation Society

MCS 1977 Ross-on-Wye UK G

Marine Environmental Research Institute

MERI 1990 Blue Hill ME USA N j Institutes