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

Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland Switzerland E g Treaties, IGOs

Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Secretariat of the UNCCD 1999 Bonn Germany E g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs


2006 Kobe Japan D


1995 Stockton Springs ME USA G

Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development

AU SAFGRAD 1977 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso E g IGOs

Send a Cow

1988 Bath UK G

SETAC Asia/Pacific

SETAC AP 1997 Coopers Plains Australia K

SETAC Latin America

Sao Paulo Brazil K

SHARKPROJECT International

2002 Heusenstamm Germany F

Shell Foundation

2000 London UK G f Foundations

Shelter for Life

SFL 1979 Maple Grove MN USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Siemenpuu Foundation

1998 Helsinki Finland G f Foundations

Sierra Club International Program

1972 Oakland CA USA E Clubs

Sight and Life

1986 Basel Switzerland F

Simon Wiesenthal Center

SWC 1978 Los Angeles CA USA G

Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science

SAHFOS Plymouth UK G f Foundations

Sirius Global Animal Organization

Sirius GAO 2000 Tauranga New Zealand G


2002 Shepherdstown WV USA G

Small Island Cultures Research Initiative

SICRI Network 2004 Sydney Australia F

Small Island Developing States - Island Energy for Island Life


Small Island Developing States Network

SIDSnet New York NY USA E g IGOs

Small Islands Initiative

PIM Initiative Aix-en-Provence France G

Social Justice Secretariat

Rome Italy K Human Rights Organizations

Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group

SOC 1975 Strasbourg France F v

Sociedad Latinoamericana de Biotecnologia Ambiental y Algal

SOLABIAA 2008 Xalapa Mexico D

Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics

SBMT 2004 Hollywood CA USA N

Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment


Society for Conservation Biology

SCB 1985 Washington DC USA F

Society for Conservation GIS

SCGIS 1997 N

Society for Ecological Restoration International

SERI 1987 Washington DC USA G

Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health

SEGH 1968 D v

Society for Human Ecology

1981 Bar Harbor ME USA G

Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies

SLLS 2010 Newton Abbot UK C

Society for Microbial Ecology and Disease

SOMED 1978 Bucharest Romania D

Society for the Conservation of Endangered Carnivores and their International Ecological Study


Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations

SCRFA Hong Kong Hong Kong D

Society for the Preservation of the Natural History Collections

SPNHC 1985 New York NY USA G

Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad

SPANA 1923 London UK G

Society for the Protection of Human and Environmental Rights International

SPHER International London UK G

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

SPUC 1967 London UK G Human Rights Organizations

Society for Tropical Ecology

1995 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Society for Urban Ecology

SURE 2009 Salzburg Austria C

Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians

SCRT 1971 Leesburg GA USA N

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

SETAC 1979 Brussels Belgium F v

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe

SETAC Europe 1989 Brussels Belgium E

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

SEG 1930 Tulsa OK USA G v

Society of Wetland Scientists

SWS 1980 Georgetown SC USA G

Socio-Ecological Union

1988 D

Sodalitium christianae Vitae

SCV 1971 Lima Peru J

Soil and Water Conservation Society

SWCS 1943 Ankeny IA USA G