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

Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management

1996 Falls Church VA USA E g IGOs

Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting

TEMM 1999 S gc Conference Series, IGOs

Tripartite Environmental Education Network

TEEN Tokyo Japan F

Tropenbos International

1988 Wageningen Netherlands G

TROPICA VERDE

1989 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center

1973 Turrialba Costa Rica E g Institutes, IGOs

Tropical Biology Association

TBA 1990 Cambridge UK D Human Rights Organizations

Tropical Forest Foundation

TFF 1990 Alexandria VA USA G f Foundations

Tropical Rainforest Coalition

TRC 1991 Cupertino CA USA N

Tropical Rainforest Foundation

TRF Guatemala Guatemala G f Foundations

Trust Fund for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Trust Fund Nairobi Kenya K gf Funds, Foundations, IGOs

Tunis International Centre for Environmental Technologies

CITET 1996 Tunis Tunisia G

Tunza Southeast Asia Youth Environment Network

SEAYEN Singapore Singapore F

Turtle Conservancy

TC 2009 Ojai CA USA G

Turtle Conservation Fund

TCF 2002 F f Funds, Funds

Turtle Island Restoration Network

TIRN 1997 Forest Knolls CA USA G

TUSK

1990 Gillingham UK G

TVE International

1984 London UK G

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UN Environment WCMC 2000 Cambridge UK E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry

COFFI 1947 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

UNEP DTU Partnership

1990 Copenhagen Denmark E

UNEP Environment Fund

Nairobi Kenya K gf United Nations Bodies, Funds, IGOs

UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership

UNEP-IEMP 2011 Beijing China E

UNEP/EUROBATS Secretariat

1995 Bonn Germany E g IGOs

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi India E g UNESCO Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

UNESCO Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and Small Islands

UNESCO CSI Programme 1996 Jakarta Indonesia K g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

UNESCO International Research Network on Educational Resources

1992 Braunschweig Germany G UNESCO Bodies

Union Association pour la Participation et l'Action Régionale - Centre Méditerranéen de l'Environnement

Union APARE-CME 2013 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue France E

Union of European Foresters

UEF 1967 Uhler Germany D v Trade and Labour Unions

Union of Foresters of Southern Europe

1989 Derio Spain D

United Animal Nations

UAN 1979 Montreux Switzerland F

United Earth Associations

UEA 1996 Merchtem Belgium N

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy United Nations Bodies, Intergovernmental Communities, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations, 160000

United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

UN-REDD Programme 2008 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

Committee of Experts on TDG and GHS 1953 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Compensation Commission

UNCC 1991 Geneva Switzerland K g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNCED S gc United Nations Bodies, Conference Series, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

UNCCD 1994 Bonn Germany T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g UNESCO Bodies, United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Environment Programme

UN Environment 1972 Nairobi Kenya E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Forum on Forests

UNFF 2000 New York NY USA F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Foundation

UNF 1998 Washington DC USA G f United Nations Bodies, Foundations

United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

1991 New York NY USA F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

UN-OHRLLS 2001 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UNPFII 2000 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific

UNRCC-AP 1953 New York NY USA S gc United Nations Bodies, Conference Series, IGOs

United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for the Americas

UNRCCA S gc United Nations Bodies, Conference Series, IGOs

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