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

Religions for Peace

RfP 1970 New York NY USA F Human Rights Organizations

Renew the Earth


Renewable Energy, Environment and Solidarity Group

1976 Aubagne France G

Rescue the Rainforest

1986 Hamburg Germany G

Research Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Cooperation

INENCO 1989 St Petersburg Russia N

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture

1973 Frick Switzerland F j Institutes

Réseau pour la Qualité de l'Environnement en Afrique Sub-Saharienne

AFRICACLEAN 2002 Dakar Senegal G

Réseau Sahel Désertification

ReSaD 2010 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F

Resilience Alliance

RA 1999 Wolfville NS Canada F y International Federations

Restauradores Sin Fronteras

A-RSF 1999 San Sebastian de los Reyes Spain F

Restoration Industry Association

RIA 1946 Washington DC USA N


2010 Teddington UK G y International Federations

Ribbon International

1982 Huntington NY USA G

Rice-Wheat Consortium for the Indo-Gangetic Plains

RWC 1994 F

RICS Europe

1993 Brussels Belgium E Professional Bodies

Rights and Resources Initiative

RRI 2005 Washington DC USA F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Rights Equality and Diversity

RED Network F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Rodale Institute

RI 1985 Kutztown PA USA G j Institutes

Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies

1979 New York NY USA G j Institutes

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

RICS 1881 London UK C j Professional Bodies, Institutes

Rurality - Environment - Development

RED 1980 Attert Belgium F

SAARC Forestry Centre, Bhutan

J gp IGOs

Sacred Earth Network

SEN 1985 Petersham MA USA G

Sacred Earth Trust

2009 G

SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre

SPGRC 1988 Lusaka Zambia E g IGOs

Safeguard for Agricultural Varieties in Europe

SAVE Foundation 1993 Wageningen Netherlands F f Foundations

Safina Center

2003 Stony Brook NY USA G

Sahara and Sahel Observatory

1992 Tunis Tunisia F gy International Federations, IGOs

Sahara Conservation Fund

SCF Marana AZ USA F f Funds, Funds

SAHARA for Life Trust

Lahore Pakistan G

Sahara Resource Network

2001 Port Elizabeth South Africa G

Saharan Studies Association

SSA 1992 Stanford CA USA G

Sahel Institute

1976 Bamako Mali E gj Institutes, IGOs

Save the Rhino International

SRI 1992 London UK F v

Save the Tiger Fund

STF 1995 Washington DC USA G f Funds, Funds


1988 San Francisco CA USA G

Scandinavian Association of Pollination Ecology

SCAPE Aarhus Denmark D

Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association

SGIA Malmö Sweden D

Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics

SSFE 1958 Frederiksberg Denmark D

Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environment Research Foundation

STERF 2001 Stockholm Sweden F f Foundations

Science for Peace

SFP 1981 Toronto ON Canada G

Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment

SCOPE 1969 Paris France E y International Federations

Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics

SCOSTEP 1966 Toronto ON Canada E y International Federations

Score More Foundation

SMF 2005 Vijayawada India N f Foundations

Sea Change Foundation International

2011 N f Foundations

Sea Shepherd International

1977 Friday Harbor WA USA G

Sea Turtle Conservancy

STC 1959 Gainesville FL USA G

Sea Watch Foundation

1991 Anglesey UK G fv Foundations

Seagrass 2000

Corte France E


2011 Westford MA USA G