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

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

Nordic Council for Animal Welfare

1962 Stockholm Sweden D Human Rights Organizations

Nordic Council of Ministers

NCM 1971 Copenhagen Denmark D g IGOs

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation

NEFCO 1990 Helsinki Finland F ge Corporations, Companies, IGOs

Nordic Environmental NUcleotide Network


Nordic Environmental Protection Convention

1974 T g Treaties, IGOs

Nordic Forest Research Cooperation Committee

1972 Alnarp Sweden E g IGOs

Nordic Forestry Congress

Copenhagen Denmark S c Conference Series

Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University Network

NOVA University Network 1995 Ås Norway F

Nordic Life Cycle Association

NorLCA 2004 Kongens Lyngby Denmark D

Nordic Network for Communicating Animal Welfare

NordCAW Uppsala Sweden F

Nordic Safe Cities

2016 Copenhagen Denmark F

Nordic Society Oikos

NSO Lund Sweden D

Nordic Swan Ecolabel

1989 D

Nordic Wood Preservation Council

NWPC 1969 Stockholm Sweden D



Nordregio - an international research centre for regional development and planning

Nordregio 1997 Stockholm Sweden E g IGOs

North American Agreement for Environmental Cooperation

NAAEC 1993 T g Treaties, IGOs

North American Association for Environmental Education

NAAEE 1971 Washington DC USA N

North American Benthological Society

NABS 1953 Lawrence KS USA N

North American Center for Environmental Information and Communication

Mexico City Mexico G

North American Forestry Commission

NAFC 1959 Zapopan Mexico E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization

NASCO 1984 Edinburgh UK D g IGOs

North East Asian Centre for Environmental Data and Training

NEACEDT 1996 Incheon Korea Rep E g IGOs

North East Asian Crane Site Network

NEACSN 1997 Tokyo Japan F

North Sea Conference

Stockholm Sweden S gc Conference Series, IGOs

Northeast Asian Forest Forum

NEAFF 1998 Seoul Korea Rep J

Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership

NDEP 2002 London UK F g IGOs