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

ASEAN Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

1985 T g Treaties, IGOs

ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

ACB 1999 Los Baños Philippines E

ASEAN Federation of Land Surveying and Geomatics

AFLAG 1995 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia D

ASEAN Forestry Students Association

AFSA 1993 Bangkok Thailand D

ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Centre

ASMC 1993 Singapore Singapore E

ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry

AWG SF 2005 Jakarta Indonesia E g IGOs

Asia for Animals Coalition

AfA 2011 Sheung Wan Hong Kong D y International Federations

Asia Forest Network

AFN 1987 Tagbilaran City Philippines G

Asia Institute of Urban Environment

AIUE J

Asia Pacific Association of Educators in Agriculture and Environment

APEAEN 1997 Pili Philippines D

Asia Pacific Ecotourism Society

APES 2009 J

Asia Pacific Geoparks Network

APGN F

Asia-Oceania GEOSS

AOGEOSS 2016 E g IGOs

Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecologists

APACE 1997 Otsu Japan D

Asia-Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions

APAFRI 1995 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia D y International Federations

Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability

APCEA 1996 E

Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, Singapore

APCEL 1996 Singapore Singapore G

Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering Society

APCBEES 2007 Kowloon Hong Kong D

Asia-Pacific Environmental and Occupational Dermatology Group

APEOD 1991 Carlton Australia E v

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

APFC 1949 Bangkok Thailand E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists

APFEJ 1988 Beijing China F

Asia-Pacific Greens Federation

APGF 2005 Melbourne Australia F

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 Consortium for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Microbial Resources

ACM 2004 Tokyo Japan D

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 Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

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 the Rights Of Occupational and Environmental Victims

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

Asian Network of Analytical Chemistry

ANAC 1984 Saga City Japan F UNESCO Bodies

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

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