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

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

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

Kurdish Women Action Against Honour Killing

KWAHK 2000 N

Kushiro International Wetland Centre

KIWC 1995 Kushiro Hokkaido Japan N

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

1978 Safat Kuwait T g

La main tendue

1982 Lamorlaye France G

Lambda Alpha International

LAI 1930 Wheaton IL USA N

Land Healers Foundation

LHF 2018 F f

Land O'Lakes International Development

1981 Shoreview MN USA G

Land Research Action Network


Land Tenure Center, Madison WI

LTC 1962 Madison WI USA N

LANDac - Netherlands Land Academy

LANDac 2010 Utrecht Netherlands G

Landcare International

LI Nairobi Kenya F

Landesa - Rural Development Institute

Landesa 1967 Seattle WA USA G j

Landlife International

Accra Ghana N

LandsAid - Verein für Internationale Humanitäre Hilfe

LandsAid 2014 Kaufering Germany G

Latin America Bureau, London

LAB 1977 London UK G

Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

LACFC 1948 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile E g

Latin American and Caribbean Network for Social Ecology

1989 Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay F

Latin American Art Resource Project

LAARP 1995 Washington DC USA G

Latin American Association for Mycology

1990 D v

Latin American Association of Environmental Mutagens, Carcinogens and Teratogens

1980 Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay D v

Latin American Center of Social Ecology

1989 Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay E

Latin American Forestry Institute

1959 Mérida ME Venezuela G gj

Latin American Forum of Environmental Sciences

1989 La Plata Argentina F

Latin American Information System on Trade and Environment

Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay K

Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations


Latin American Society of Soil Science

1955 Cuautitlan Izcalli MEX Mexico D

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 VIC Australia G

Learning for Life

LFL London UK G

Leather Working Group

LWG 2005 Northampton UK D

Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology

1991 Bremen Germany G

Lessons for Life

London UK G f

Leuser International Foundation

LIF 1994 Jakarta Indonesia G f