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

Rainforest Foundation International

RFI 1989 London UK F f Foundations

Rainforest Foundation UK

RFUK London UK G f Foundations

Rainforest Foundation US

Brooklyn NY USA G f Foundations

Rainforest Fund

RFUND 1989 New York NY USA G f Funds, Funds

Rainforest Information Centre

RIC Nimbin Australia G

Rainforest Project Foundation

TRP 1993 Amsterdam Netherlands G f Foundations

Rainforest Trust

1988 Warrenton VA USA G


1973 Arlington VA USA G

Raymond Lemaire International Centre for the Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings

RLICC 1976 Leuven Belgium G

RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests

RECOFTC 1987 Bangkok Thailand E

Red de Bolsas Agropecuarias de las Américas

INTERBOLSAS 2001 Coronado Costa Rica K

Red de Bosques Andinos

2011 Quito Ecuador F y International Federations

Red de Instituciones Vinculadas a la Capacitación en Economia y Politicas Agricolas en América Latina y el Caribe

REDCAPA 1993 Rio de Janeiro Brazil F

Red Iberoamericana de Ciclo de Vida


Red Panda Network

RPN 2007 Eugene OR USA F


1999 Paris France F g IGOs

Reef-World Foundation

Brynteg UK G f Foundations


1986 Ribera de Arriba Spain F

Regeneration International

2015 Finland MN USA F

Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas

RAC/SPA 1985 Tunis Tunisia K g IGOs

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

RCMRD 1975 Nairobi Kenya E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Regional Centre for Training and Water Studies of Arid and Semiarid Zones, Cairo

RCTWS 2002 Cairo Egypt G g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Regional Clean Sea Organization

RECSO 1972 Dubai United Arab Emirates D

Regional Convention for the Management and Conservation of the Natural Forest Ecosystems and the Development of Forest Plantations

1993 T g Treaties, IGOs

Regional Energy Resources Information Center

RERIC 1978 Pathum Thani Thailand E y International Federations

Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe

REC 1990 Szentendre Hungary E g IGOs

Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus

REC Caucasus 2000 Tbilisi Georgia E gy International Federations, IGOs

Regional Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme for West Africa

Nouakchott Mauritania E

Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

PERSGA 1995 Jeddah Saudi Arabia E g IGOs

Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment

ROPME Safat Kuwait D g IGOs

Regional Post-Graduate Training School on Integrated Management of Tropical Forests and Lands

Paris France G

Regional Programme of Action for the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

RPA 1998 Oslo Norway E g IGOs

Regional Sericultural Training Centre for Asia-Pacific

Guangzhou China N

Regional Study Centre for Resistance and Adaptation to Drought

1989 Thiès Senegal K

Regional Trust Fund for the Implementation of the Action Plan for the Caribbean Environment Programme

1981 Nairobi Kenya K gf Funds, Foundations, IGOs

Regional Water Centre for Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Latin America and the Caribbean

2003 La Serena Chile G g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Regions for Health Network

RHN 1992 Venice Italy F


1989 Oslo Norway G f Foundations

Regulatory Assistance Project

RAP Montpelier VT USA G

Religions for Peace

RfP 1970 New York NY USA F Human Rights Organizations

Renew the Earth


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