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

Peace House

Oklahoma City OK USA G Human Rights Organizations

Peace Parks Foundation

1997 Stellenbosch South Africa F f Foundations

Pearle - Live Performance Europe

1991 Brussels Belgium D

PEFC Council

1999 Geneva Switzerland C y International Federations

People and Plants International

PPI 1992 Bristol VT USA F v

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

PETA 1980 Norfolk VA USA F v Human Rights Organizations

People in Need

PIN 1992 Prague Czech Rep G Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

Peoples Trust for Endangered Species

PTES 1977 London UK G

Perfect World Foundation

2010 G f Foundations

Permaculture Research Institute

PRI 1979 The Channon Australia G j Institutes

Permafrost Young Researcher Network

PYRN 2005 Potsdam Germany F

Permanent Commission for the South Pacific

1952 Guayaquil Ecuador D g IGOs

Permanent International Committee for Research on the Preservation of Materials in the Marine Environment

La Garde France E

Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel

1973 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso D g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Permanent Secretariat to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds

Bonn Germany E g Treaties, IGOs

Phyto-sanitary Convention for Africa South of the Sahara

1954 T g Treaties, IGOs

Phytochemical Society of North America

PSNA 1960 N

Pine Chemicals Association

PCA 1947 Fernandina Beach FL USA G

Pio Manzù International Research Centre on the Environment

1969 E v

Planetary Society

PS 1980 Pasadena CA USA G v

Planetwork

1998 San Francisco CA USA G

Plant a Tree in Africa

PATIA Swindon UK N

Plant With Purpose

1984 San Diego CA USA G

Planta Europa

Uppsala Sweden F y International Federations

PMU Interlife

1965 Stockholm Sweden G Humanitarian Organizations

Polis - International Network in Environmental Education

INEE 1994 Ermoúpolis Greece F

Political Ecology Network

POLLEN 2015 F

Pontifical Academy for Life

1994 Rome Italy E v

Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology

1852 Vatican City Vatican E v

Population and Community Development Association

PDA 1974 Bangkok Thailand G

Population Environment Research Network

PERN 2001 Palisades NY USA E

PREPARE Network

1989 Timisoara Romania F

Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

PWRDF 1959 Toronto ON Canada G f Humanitarian Organizations, Funds

Prince Bernhard Centre for International Nature Conservation

Utrecht Netherlands G

Principles Governing the Use by States of Artificial Earth Satellites for International Direct Television Broadcasting

1982 T g Treaties, IGOs

Principles Relating to Remote Sensing of the Earth from Outer Space

1986 T g Treaties, IGOs

Prison Fellowship International

PFI 1979 Washington DC USA F

Pro Patrimonio

National Trust of Romania 2000 London UK F

Pro Regenwald

1988 Munich Germany G

PRO SILVA

1989 Aberystwyth UK D

Pro-Natura International

1986 Paris France F

Proact International

Usti nad Labem Czech Rep N

Probe International

Toronto ON Canada G

Program on Forests

PROFOR 1997 Washington DC USA F

Programme for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna

CAFF 1991 Akureyri Iceland E gy International Federations, IGOs

Programme on Man and the Biosphere

MAB 1971 Paris France F g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Project AWARE Foundation

1992 Rancho Santa Margarita CA USA G f Foundations

Project Survival Pacific

PSP Carlton Australia G

PROLINNOVA

1999 Amsterdam Netherlands E

Protection mondiale des animaux de ferme

PMAF 1994 Metz France G

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