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

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

Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation

Mexico City Mexico G f Foundations, Human Rights Organizations


2002 Paris France G 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

SALEM International

1957 Stadtsteinach Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

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

SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Public Health, Hospital Administration, Environmental and Occupational Health

Manila Philippines E g IGOs

Seas at Risk

SAR 1986 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

Secretariat for Environmental Assessment in Central Africa

SEACA 1998 Yaoundé Cameroon D

Secretariat for the Basel Convention

SBC Geneva Switzerland E g Treaties, IGOs

Secrétariat international francophone pour l'évaluation environnementale

SIFÉE 1996 Montréal QC Canada E

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

SCBD 1993 Montréal QC Canada E g Treaties, IGOs

Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

CITES Secretariat Geneva Switzerland E g Treaties, IGOs

Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Bonn Germany E g Treaties, IGOs

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

SPREP 1982 Apia Samoa E g IGOs