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

OneWorld South Asia

OWSA 1999 Delhi India K Human Rights Organizations

Orangutan Foundation International

OFI 1986 Los Angeles CA USA F f Foundations

Organic Crop Improvement Association

OCIA 1984 Lincoln NE USA G

Organic Trade Association

OTA 1984 Washington DC USA F

Organisation de la ruralité et du milieu européen

ORME 1996 D

Organización Internacional de Universidades por el Desarrollo Sostenible y Medio Ambiente

OIUDSMA 1995 Granada Spain D

Organization Earth

2010 Athens Greece G

Organization for Human Brain Mapping

OHBM Minneapolis MN USA D

OroVerde - Die Tropenwaldstiftung

OroVerde 1989 Bonn Germany G

OSPAR Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic

OSPAR Commission 1998 London UK F g IGOs

Overbrook Foundation

1948 New York NY USA G f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

Overseas Development Institute

ODI 1960 London UK G j Institutes, Humanitarian Organizations

Overseas Environment Cooperation Centre

OECC 1990 Tokyo Japan G y International Federations

Owen M Kupferschmid Holocaust and Human Rights Project

1985 Newton MA USA N Human Rights Organizations

Pachamama Alliance

San Francisco CA USA G

Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Policy Network


Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors

PAQS Petaling Jaya Malaysia D

Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health

PBC 1986 Honolulu HI USA F y International Federations

Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development

PaCE-SD 2001 Suva Fiji E

Pacific Development and Conservation Trust

PDCT 1989 Wellington New Zealand G

Pacific Environment

1987 San Francisco CA USA G

Pacific Indigenous Peoples' Environment Coalition


Pacific Institute

1987 Oakland CA USA G j Institutes

Pacific Rim Consortium in Energy, Combustion, and the Environment


Pacific Salmon Commission

PSC 1985 Vancouver BC Canada G gb Treaties, IGOs

Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network

PSGDN 2007 Nuku'alofa Tonga J

Pacific Whale Foundation

1980 Wailuku HI USA G f Foundations

Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect Network

PABITRA 1997 Adelaide Australia F

Paddle Steamer Preservation Society

1959 Godalming UK N

PAMS Foundation

2009 Arusha Tanzania UR G f Foundations

Pan African Centre for Climate Policy

PACC Policy Accra Ghana G

Pan African Conservation Network, Kenya


Pan African Social Prospects Centre - Albert Tevoedjre Institute

Porto-Novo Benin E

Pan African Vision for the Environment

PAVE Lagos Nigeria G

Pan American Conservation Association

2005 Colón Panama G

Pan American Institute of Geography and History

PAIGH 1928 Mexico City Mexico E gj Institutes, IGOs

Pan-African Agency of the Great Green Wall

PAGGW 2010 Nouakchott Mauritania D g IGOs

Pan-African Environmental Mutagen and Genomic Society

PAEMGS Cairo Egypt D

Pandas International

PI 1999 Littleton CO USA N


2008 E

Participatory Ecological Land Use Management

PELUM Association 1995 Thika Kenya F

Partnership for Acid Drainage Remediation in Europe

PADRE Sydney NS Canada K

Partnership for African Environmental Sustainability

PAES Kampala Uganda G

Partnership for Educational Revitalization in the Americas

PREAL 1995 Santiago Chile G

Partnership for European Environmental Research

PEER 2001 Antony France F International Federations

Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia

PEMSEA 1994 Quezon City Philippines E gy International Federations, IGOs

Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa

PENHA 1989 London UK G

Peace Brigades International

PBI 1981 Brussels Belgium F Human Rights Organizations

Peace Education Center, Columbia University

1982 New York NY USA G Human Rights Organizations, Institutes

Peace Farm

1986 Panhandle TX USA G