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

Association of Arid Lands Studies

AALS 1977 Lubbock TX USA G

Association of Caribbean Beekeepers Organisations

ACBO 2002 Tobago Trinidad-Tobago E

Association of Chemistry and the Environment

ACE 2000 Nova Gorica Slovenia D

Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

AERE 1979 Washington DC USA G

Association of Esperantist Greens

AEG 1984 Gundelfingen Germany E

Association of European Building Surveyors

1990 Haywards Heath UK D

Association of Holocaust Organizations

AHO 1985 Hollis NY USA D y International Federations

Association of International Research Initiatives for Environmental Studies

AIRIES 1996 Tokyo Japan N

Association of the Network for International Research on Desertification

DesertNet International Tunis Tunisia D

Association of World Reindeer Herders

WRH 1997 Kautokeino Norway D

Atlantic Salmon Trust

AST 1967 Perth UK F v

Atlas Alliance

Oslo Norway G

Atlas Economic Research Foundation

Atlas Network 1981 Washington DC USA G f Foundations

Atlas Service Corps

2006 Washington DC USA N

Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine

ACNEM Sandringham Australia N

Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network

AELERT 2004 Sydney Australia G

Australasian Network for Ecology and Transportation

ANET N

Australasian Primate Society

1982 Magill Australia G

Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference

ARSPC S c Conference Series

Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour

ASSAB 1972 Trangie Australia N

Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping

ASZK 1976 Healesville Australia D

Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council

ASPAC 1990 Warragul Australia N

Australasian Wader Studies Group

AWSG 1981 Heathmont Australia G v

Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching

ANZCCART 1987 Adelaide Australia G

Austrian Middle East Environment Protection Association

AIMEEPA N

Austrian Society for Environment and Technology

Vienna Austria G

Autre Terre

1982 Herstal Belgium F

Avoided Deforestation Partners

AD Partners 2007 Washington DC USA G

AWARE International

Paris France G

Balkan Environmental Association

BENA 1998 Thessaloniki Greece D

Balkan Federation of Apicultural Associations

Bucharest Romania D y International Federations

Balkan Science and Education Centre of Ecology and Environment

BSECEE Sofia Bulgaria G

Balkan Society of Geometers

BSG 1994 Bucharest Romania D v

BALKANI Wildlife Society

1989 Sofia Bulgaria E

Baltic Earth

Geesthacht Germany E

Baltic Ecovillage Network

BEN F

Baltic Environmental Forum

BEF 1995 Riga Latvia F

Baltic Farmers Forum on Environment

BFFE 1998 Stockholm Sweden F

Baltic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University

BOVA University 1996 Kaunas Lithuania F

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission

HELCOM 1974 Helsinki Finland E gy International Federations, IGOs

Baltic Nest Institute

BNI 2007 Stockholm Sweden E j Institutes

Baltic Network against Life-Threatening Viral Infections

Baltic Antiviral Network 2013 Stockholm Sweden F

Baltic Sea Hydrographic Commission

BSHC 1983 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Baltic Sea Project

BSP 1989 E

BalticSea2020

2005 Stockholm Sweden G

Bamboo Generation

Paris France N

Banana Link

1996 Norwich UK G

Bariloche Foundation

1963 San Carlos de Bariloche Argentina G f Foundations

Basel Action Network

BAN 1997 Seattle WA USA F

Basel Protocol on Liability and Compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

1999 T g Treaties, IGOs

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