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

Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation

APFNet Beijing China E gy International Federations, IGOs

Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center

1987 San Francisco CA USA N

Asian Animal Protection Network

AAPN Lantau Hong Kong G

Asian Apicultural Association

AAA 1992 Beijing China D

Asian Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons

AAHRS 2010 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Association of Occupational and Environmental Health

AAOEH 1964 Singapore Singapore D

Asian Centre for Soil Improvement and Geosynthetics

ACSIG Pathum Thani Thailand G

Asian Dust Network

AD-Net 2001 Ibaraki Japan N

Asian Ecotourism Network

AEN Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Energy Institute

AEI 1989 Delhi India E jy International Federations, Institutes

Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network

AECEN 2005 Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Environmental Society

AES 1972 Delhi India D

Asian Forest Cooperation Organization

AFoCO 2009 Seoul Korea Rep E g IGOs

Asian Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary and Animal Science

AFAVAS Gwangju Korea Rep D f Foundations

Asian Marine Conservation Association

AMCA 1988 Kolkata India G v

Asian Network for Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry

ANAIC 1984 Saga City Japan F UNESCO Bodies

Asian Network for the Rights Of Occupational and Environmental Victims

ANROEV 1997 Delhi India D y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Asian Pacific Environmental Network

APEN 1993 Oakland CA USA G

Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network

ARRCN 1998 Yasu Japan F

Asian Society of Conservation Medicine

ASCM Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Soils and Environment Research Information Center

ASERIC 1997 Bangkok Thailand J p

Asian University Network of Environment and Disaster Risk Management

AUEDM F

Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies

AAAP 1980 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians' Conference on Environment and Development

APPCED 1993 Seoul Korea Rep F gc Conference Series, IGOs

Asociación Andina de Empresas e Instituciones de Servicio de Agua Potable y Saneamiento

ANDESAPA 1986 Quito Ecuador D

Asociación de Conservación de los Ecosistemas Andinos

ECOAN Cusco Peru G

Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudiantes de Ciencias Forestales

ALECIF 1995 Linares Mexico D

Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica

ACCA 1999 Lima Peru G

Aspen Global Change Institute

AGCI 1989 Basalt CO USA G j Institutes

Associação das Indústrias de Alimentação Animal da América Latina e Caribe

FEEDLATINA 2008 Montevideo Uruguay D

Associação SOS Amazonia

1988 Rio Branco Brazil G

Associated Research Centres for the Urban Underground Space

Utrecht Canada E

Association de Promotion de l'Organisation Mondiale de l'Environnement

APOME Brussels Belgium G

Association des constructeurs pour la réhabilitation et l'optimalisation de la terre

ACROTERRE 1985 Grenoble France N

Association des Echanges Méditerranéens pour l'eau, la forêt, l'énergie, et le développement durable des territoires

AEM 2000 Paris France D

Association des Jeunes Volontaires au Service du Monde Environnemental

AJVSME 2011 Lomé Togo G

Association for AgriCulture and Ecology

Agrecol 1982 Göttingen Germany G

Association for Applied Animal Andrology

AAAA 1998 Calgary AB Canada C

Association for Better Land Husbandry

ABLH 1993 Nairobi Kenya G

Association for Environmentally Friendly Carpets

1990 Aachen Germany D

Association for Learning Environments

A4LE 1921 Scottsdale AZ USA N

Association for Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America

ALCALA 2005 San José Costa Rica G

Association for Preservation Technology International

APT International 1968 Springfield IL USA G

Association for Smart Learning Ecosystem and Regional Development

ASLERD Rostock Germany D

Association for the Conservation of the Cultural Patrimony of the Americas

1989 Washington DC USA G v

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

ASAB 1936 St Andrews UK C v

Association for Tree-Ring Research

ATR 2002 Wageningen Netherlands D

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

ATBC 1963 Storrs CT USA C

Association Forêt Méditerranéenne

1978 Marseille France G

Association Justice and Environment

J and E 2003 Brno Czech Rep F y

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