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

Red Panda Network

RPN 2007 Eugene OR USA F

Reef-World Foundation

Brynteg UK G f


1986 Ribera de Arriba Murcia Spain F

Regeneration International

2015 Finland MN USA F

Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas

RAC/SPA 1985 Tunis Tunisia K g

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

RCMRD 1975 Nairobi Kenya E g

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

RCTWS 2002 Cairo Cairo Egypt G g

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

Regional Energy Resources Information Center

RERIC 1978 Pathum Thani Pathum Thani Thailand E y

Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe

REC 1990 Szentendre Hungary E g

Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia

CAREC 1998 Almaty Kazakhstan G

Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus

REC Caucasus 2000 Tbilisi Georgia E gy

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

PERSGA 1995 Jeddah Saudi Arabia E g

Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment

ROPME Safat Kuwait D g

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

RPA 1998 Oslo Norway E g

Regional Sericultural Training Centre for Asia-Pacific

Guangzhou Guangdong China N

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

1981 Nairobi Kenya K fg

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

2003 La Serena Coquimbo Chile G g

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 F


1989 Oslo Norway G f

Regulatory Assistance Project

RAP Montpelier VT USA G

Religions for Peace

RfP 1970 New York NY USA F

Renew the Earth


Research Center for Interdisciplinary Environmental Cooperation

INENCO 1989 St Petersburg Sankt-Peterburg Russia N

Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth

RITE 1990 Kyoto Kyoto Japan G

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture

1973 Frick AG Switzerland F j

Réseau des Femmes Africaines pour la Gestion Communautaire des forêts

REFACOF 2009 Edéa Cameroon J

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

Restauradores Sin Fronteras

A-RSF 1999 San Sebastian de los Reyes Madrid Spain F

Restoration Industry Association

RIA 1946 Washington DC USA N


2010 Teddington UK G y

Rettet den Regenwald

RdR 1986 Hamburg Germany G

REV Ocean

2017 Lysaker Norway G

Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

2017 T g

Ribbon International

1982 Huntington NY USA G

Rice-Wheat Consortium for the Indo-Gangetic Plains

RWC 1994 F

RICS Europe

1993 Brussels Belgium E

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Rights and Resources Initiative

RRI 2005 Washington DC USA F y

Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation

Mexico City CDMX Mexico G f


2002 Paris France G

Rodale Institute

RI 1985 Kutztown PA USA G j

Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies

1979 New York NY USA G j

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

RICS 1881 London UK C j

Rurality - Environment - Development

RED 1980 Attert Belgium F

SAARC Forestry Centre, Bhutan

J gp

Sacred Earth Network

SEN 1985 Petersham MA USA G