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

Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe

FOREST EUROPE 1990 Zvolen Slovakia F gc Conference Series, IGOs

Mission d'aide au développement des économies rurales afghanes

MADERA 1988 Paris France E Humanitarian Organizations

More and Better

Rome Italy F y International Federations, Humanitarian Organizations

Mountain Forum

MF 1995 Lima Peru F International Federations

Mountain Gorilla and Rainforest Direct Aid

1981 Mülheim Germany G

Mountain Research Initiative

MRI 2001 Bern Switzerland F

Mountbatten Centre for International Studies

MCIS 1990 Southampton UK G Institutes

Mundo Maya Organization

1992 Tegucigalpa Honduras G


Montpellier France F

Museums Association of the Caribbean

MAC 1989 D

Muslim Aid

1985 London UK G Humanitarian Organizations

Mutual Aid and Fraternity

1961 Brussels Belgium G Humanitarian Organizations

Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Nagoya Protocol 2010 T g Treaties, IGOs


Yatala Australia G


Phoenix AZ USA E

Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center

NERSC 1986 Bergen Norway G

Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre

NIERSC 1992 St Petersburg Russia E

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research

1978 Seattle WA USA G Institutes

Natura 2000 Network

1992 Brussels Belgium K g European Union Bodies, IGOs

Natural Capital Coalition

NCC 2012 London UK C y International Federations

Natural Resources Institute

NRI London UK G j Institutes

Naturefriends International

1895 Vienna Austria D

NatureNet Europe

2004 Tilburg Netherlands F


1994 Arlington VA USA G

Natuur and Milieu

Utrecht Netherlands G

Near East Forestry Commission

NEFC 1953 Cairo Egypt E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Netherlands Land Academy

LANDac 2010 Utrecht Netherlands G

Network for an Economical and Ecological Habitat

EcoSouth Network 1991 Jinotepe Nicaragua F

Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa

NESDA 1990 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F Clubs, Clubs

Network for Environmental Projects in Technology United in Europe

NEPTUNE 1993 Leeuwarden Netherlands N

Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe

NICOLE 1995 Rotterdam Netherlands F

Network of European CNS Transplantation and Restoration

NECTAR 1990 Galway Ireland F

Network of International Science and Technology Centers

1994 Islamabad Pakistan F y International Federations

Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean

MEDPAN 1990 Marseille France F

Network of Reference Laboratories for Monitoring of Emerging Environmental Pollutants

NORMAN Network Verneuil-en-Halatte France F y International Federations

Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union

INSULEUR 1999 Chios Greece F

Network of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries Professionals

NTAFP 1982 Penang Malaysia K Professional Bodies

Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity

NPLD Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

New Forests Project

NFP 1982 Washington DC USA G

New World Hope Organization

NWHO 1996 Wah Cantt Pakistan G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

NGO Forum on Environment

FOE Geneva Switzerland E y United Nations Bodies, International Federations

Nickel Institute

1984 Brussels Belgium F j Institutes

Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Mankind

1990 Boulogne-Billancourt France G f Foundations


2017 Lyon France J

NOAH International

1969 Copenhagen Denmark G

Nordic Arboretum Committee

1972 Elimäki Finland E

Nordic Association of Conservators - Restorers

1951 Reykjavik Iceland D

Nordic Cooperation Archipelago

1978 Nagu Finland D g IGOs

Nordic Cooperation Group for Forest Entomology

1955 Helsinki Finland K v

Nordic Cooperation Group for Forest Inventory

Alnarp Sweden K