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

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

Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana

SCV 1971 Lima Peru J

Soil and Water Conservation Society

SWCS 1943 Ankeny IA USA G

Soil and Water Management Network

SWMnet Nairobi Kenya K

Soil Association

1946 Bristol UK G

Solar Influences Data Analysis Centre

SIDC 1981 Brussels Belgium E

Solution Mining Research Institute

SMRI 1959 Clarks Summit PA USA E j Institutes

South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme

SACEP 1982 Colombo Sri Lanka F g IGOs

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment

SAWTEE 1994 Kathmandu Nepal F

South Asian Forum for Environment

SAFE 1998 Kolkata India G

South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics

SANDEE 1999 Kathmandu Nepal F

South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association

SPERA 1991 Darwin Australia D

South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation

SPRFMO Wellington New Zealand D g IGOs

South Pacific Whale Research Consortium

SPWRC 2000 Rarotonga Cook Is D

SouthEast and Central European Network of Forest-Based Clusters

SCENet FB Clusters 2008 J

Southeast Asia Regional Committee

SARCS 1993 Chung Li Taiwan E

Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserve Network

SeaBRnet 1998 Jakarta Indonesia F

Southeast Asian Laboratories Network

SEALNET 1999 J

Southeast Asian Network for Agroforestry Education

SEANAFE 1999 Santa Cruz Philippines F

Southeast Asian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives

SARBICA 1968 Hanoi Vietnam K

Southern African and Islands Hydrographic Commission

SAIHC 1996 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Southern African Built Environment Research Centre

SABERC Bellville South Africa N

Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute

SAFCEI 2005 Westlake South Africa G j Institutes

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds

SANCCOB 1968 Cape Town South Africa G f Foundations

Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment

SAIEA Windhoek Namibia D j Institutes

Southern African Institute of Forestry

SAIF 1968 Menlo Park South Africa G j Institutes

Southern African International Conference on Environmental Management

SAICEM S c Conference Series

Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management

SASSCAL D g IGOs

Southern Connection

SC 1992 Christchurch New Zealand F v

Space for Giants

Nanyuki Kenya G

Special Emergency Assistance Fund for Drought and Famine in Africa

SEAF 1984 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F gf Humanitarian Organizations, Funds, IGOs

Species 2000

1996 Leiden Netherlands E

Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future

SF 1992 London UK G

Standing Committee on Commonwealth Forestry

1923 Edinburgh UK E g IGOs

Standing Committee to the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

1982 Strasbourg France E gy International Federations, Treaties, IGOs

STEPS Centre

Falmer UK G

Stockholm Environment Institute

SEI 1989 Stockholm Sweden E j Institutes

Stockholm Resilience Centre

2007 Stockholm Sweden E

STOP the Destruction of the World

1992 Sao Paulo Brazil F

Support International

Si London UK N Humanitarian Organizations

Survival International

1969 London UK F v Human Rights Organizations

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y International Federations, Humanitarian Organizations

Sustainability Challenge Foundation

SCF 1994 Tilburg Netherlands G f Foundations

Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry for International Environmental Rehabilitation

SAFIER Maasmechelen Belgium N

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