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

Pacific Rim Consortium in Energy, Combustion, and the Environment


Pacific Salmon Commission

PSC 1985 Vancouver BC Canada G bg

Pacific Science Association

PSA 1920 Honolulu HI USA C

Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network

PSGDN 2007 Nuku‘alofa Tonga J

Pacific Whale Foundation

1980 Wailuku HI USA G f

Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect Network

PABITRA 1997 Adelaide SA Australia F

Paddle Steamer Preservation Society

1959 Godalming UK N

PAMS Foundation

2009 Arusha Arusha Tanzania UR G f

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 Lagos Nigeria G

Pan American Institute of Geography and History

PAIGH 1928 Mexico City CDMX Mexico E gj

Pan American Surfing Association

PASA 1992 Lima Lima Peru D

PAN Asia and the Pacific

PANAP 1995 Penang Malaysia E

Pan-African Environmental Mutagen and Genomic Society

PAEMGS Cairo 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 Santiago Metropolitan Chile G

Partnership for European Environmental Research

PEER 2001 Antony France F

Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia

PEMSEA 1994 Quezon City Philippines E gy

Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa

PENHA 1989 London UK G

Pathfinder International

1957 Watertown MA USA F f

Peace Brigades International

PBI 1981 Brussels Belgium F

Peace Education Center, Columbia University

1982 New York NY USA G

Peace Farm

1986 Panhandle TX USA G

Peace House

Oklahoma City OK USA G

Peace Parks Foundation

1997 Stellenbosch South Africa F f

Pearle - Live Performance Europe

1991 Brussels Belgium D

PEFC Council

1999 Geneva GE Switzerland C y

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

People in Need

PIN 1992 Prague Czech Rep G

Peoples Trust for Endangered Species

PTES 1977 London UK G

Perfect World Foundation

2010 G f

Permaculture Research Institute

PRI 1979 The Channon NSW Australia G j

Permafrost Young Researcher Network

PYRN 2005 F

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

La Garde France E

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

1999 Bonn Germany E g

Phyto-sanitary Convention for Africa South of the Sahara

1954 T g

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


1998 San Francisco CA USA G

Plant a Tree in Africa

PATIA Swindon UK N

Plant With Purpose

1984 San Diego CA USA G