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

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 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 the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Ozone Secretariat 1989 Nairobi Kenya E g

Secrétariat international francophone pour l'évaluation environnementale

SIFÉE 1996 Montréal QC Canada E

Secretariat of the Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland 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 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 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

SETAC Latin America

Sao Paulo Brazil K

SHARKPROJECT International

2002 Heusenstamm Germany F

Shell Foundation

2000 London UK G f

Shelter for Life

SFL 1979 Maple Grove MN USA G

Siemenpuu Foundation

1998 Helsinki Finland G f

Sierra Club International Program

1972 Oakland CA USA E

Simon Wiesenthal Center

SWC 1978 Los Angeles CA USA G

Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science

SAHFOS Plymouth UK G f

Sirius Global Animal Organisation

Sirius GAO 2000 Tauranga New Zealand G


2002 Shepherdstown WV USA G

Small Island Cultures Research Initiative

SICRI Network 2004 Auckland New Zealand F

Small Island Developing States - Island Energy for Island Life


Small Island Developing States Network

SIDSnet New York NY USA E g

Small Islands Initiative

PIM Initiative Aix-en-Provence France G

Social Justice Secretariat

Rome Italy K

Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group

SOC 1975 Strasbourg France F v

Sociedad Cientifica Latinoamericana de Agroecologia

SOCLA La Plata Argentina D

Sociedad Iberoamericana de Contaminación y Toxicologgia Ambientales

SICTA 2001 J

Sociedad Iberoamericana de Fisica y Quimica Ambiental

SiFyQA 2005 Salamanca Spain D

Sociedad Iberoamericana y del Caribe de Restauración Ecológica

SIACRE 2013 Mexico City Mexico D

Sociedad Latinoamericana de Biotecnologia Ambiental y Algal

SOLABIAA 2008 Xalapa Mexico D

Sociedad Latinoamericana de Primatologia

SLAPrim 1986 D

Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Historia Ambiental


Sociedad Mesoamericana para la Biologia y la Conservación

SMBC 1996 D

Societas Internationalis Odonatologica

SIO Wolnzach Germany D f

Société européenne des réalisateurs de l'environnement

SERE 1992 G