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

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

Safeguard for Agricultural Varieties in Europe

SAVE Foundation 1993 Wageningen Netherlands F f

Safina Center

2003 Stony Brook NY USA G

Sahara Conservation Fund

SCF Marana AZ USA F f

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

SALEM International

1957 Stadtsteinach Germany G


F y

Saneamiento Ecológico en Latinoamérica y el Caribe

ECOSANLAC Quito Ecuador G

Save the Rhino International

SRI 1992 London UK F v

Save the Tiger Fund

STF 1995 Washington DC USA G f


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

Science for Peace

SFP 1981 Toronto ON Canada G

Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment

SCOPE 1969 Paris France E y

Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics

SCOSTEP 1966 Toronto ON Canada E y

Score More Foundation

SMF 2005 Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh India J f

Scuola Internazionale Ambiente Salute e Sviluppo Sostenibile

SIASS 2004 Arezzo AR Italy G

SE European Bird Migration Network

SEEN 1995 Choczewo Poland F

Sea Change Foundation International

2011 N f

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

Seagrass 2000

Corte France E


2011 Westford MA USA G

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts

SEAMEO SPAFA 1985 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand E g

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

Manila Philippines E g

Seas at Risk

SAR 1986 Brussels Belgium F y

Secretariat for Environmental Assessment in Central Africa

SEACA 1998 Yaoundé Cameroon D

Secrétariat international francophone pour l'évaluation environnementale

SIFÉE 1996 Montréal QC Canada E

Secretariat of the Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland VD Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

SCBD 1993 Montréal QC Canada E g

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

CITES Secretariat Geneva GE Switzerland E g

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

UNEP/CMS Bonn Germany E g

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

SPREP 1982 Apia Samoa E g

Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

Secretariat of the UNCCD 1999 Bonn Germany E g

Seed Savers Network

1986 Byron Bay NSW Australia N


2006 Kobe Hyogo Japan D


1995 Stockton Springs ME USA G

Self Storage Association Asia

SSAA 2014 Sheung Wan Hong Kong D

Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development

AU SAFGRAD 1977 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso E g

Send a Cow

1988 Bath UK G

Senter for Studier av Holocaust og Livssynsminoriteter

HL-SENTERET 2001 Oslo Norway N

SETAC Asia/Pacific

SETAC AP 1997 Coopers Plains QLD Australia K