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

Asian Society of Conservation Medicine

ASCM Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Soils and Environment Research Information Center

ASERIC 1997 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand J p

Asian University Network of Environment and Disaster Risk Management

AUEDM F

Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies

AAAP 1980 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians' Conference on Environment and Development

APPCED 1993 Seoul Korea Rep F cg

Asociación Andina de Empresas e Instituciones de Servicio de Agua Potable y Saneamiento

ANDESAPA 1986 Quito Ecuador D

Asociación Boliviana para la Investigación y Conservación de Ecosistemas Andino-Amazónicos

ACEAA 2004 La Paz Bolivia G

Asociación Centroamericana para la Economia, la Salud y el Ambiente

ACEPESA 1991 Zapote San José San José Costa Rica G

Asociación Centroamericana, del Caribe y Mexicana de Animales de Laboratorio

ACCMAL 1992 D

Asociación Coordinadora Indigena y Campesina de Agroforesteria Comunitaria

ACICAFOC 1994 San José San José San José Costa Rica E

Asociación de Conservación de los Ecosistemas Andinos

ECOAN Cusco Cusco Peru G

Asociación de la Industrias de Alimentación Animal de América Latina y Caribe

FEEDLATINA 2008 Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudiantes de Ciencias Forestales

ALECIF 1995 Linares NL Mexico D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Parques Zoológicos y Acuarios

ALPZA 1990 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Veterinarios de Fauna Silvestre

ALVEFAS J

Asociación Latinoamericana para el Desarrollo del Seguro Agropecuario

ALASA 1986 Santa Fé Argentina D

Asociación Latinoamericana para la Producción Animal

ALPA 1966 D

Asociación Medioambiental Internacional de Gestores del Olor

AMIGO Bilbao Álava Spain D

Asociación Panamericana de Profesionales de la Agrimensura y Topografia

APPAT 1999 D

Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación

APPC 2005 Colón Colon Panama G

Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica

ACCA 1999 Lima Lima Peru G

Aspen Global Change Institute

AGCI 1989 Basalt CO USA G j

Associação SOS Amazonia

1988 Rio Branco AC Brazil G

Association de Promotion de l'Organisation Mondiale de l'Environnement

APOME Brussels Belgium J

Association des constructeurs pour la réhabilitation et l'optimalisation de la terre

ACROTERRE 1985 Grenoble France N

Association des Echanges Méditerranéens pour l'eau, la forêt, l'énergie, et le développement durable des territoires

AEM 2000 Paris France D

Association des Jeunes Volontaires au Service du Monde Environnemental

AJVSME 2011 Lomé Togo G

Association for AgriCulture and Ecology

Agrecol 1982 Göttingen Germany G

Association for Applied Animal Andrology

AAAA Calgary AB Canada C

Association for Better Land Husbandry

ABLH 1993 Nairobi Kenya G

Association for Environmentally Friendly Carpets

1990 Aachen Germany D

Association for Learning Environments

A4LE 1921 Scottsdale AZ USA G

Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society

APBREBES 2009 Lausanne VD Switzerland C y

Association for Preservation Technology International

APT International 1968 Springfield IL USA G

Association for Smart Learning Ecosystem and Regional Development

ASLERD Rostock Germany D

Association for the Conservation of the Cultural Patrimony of the Americas

1989 Washington DC USA G v

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

ASAB 1936 Neston UK C v

Association for Tree-Ring Research

ATR 2002 Wageningen Netherlands D

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

ATBC 1963 Sao Paulo SP Brazil C

Association for Vertical Farming

AVF Munich Germany J

Association Forêt Méditerranéenne

1978 Marseille France G

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva GE Switzerland G

Association internationale forêts méditerranéennes

AIFM 1996 Marseille France D

Association internationale pour l'étude des argiles

AIPEA 1948 Bari BA Italy C

Association Justice and Environment, z.s.

J&E 2003 Brno Czech Rep F y

Association of Arid Lands Studies

AALS 1977 Lubbock TX USA G

Association of Caribbean Beekeepers Organisations

ACBO 2002 Hope Village Trinidad-Tobago E

Association of Chemistry and the Environment

ACE 2000 D

Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

AERE 1979 Washington DC USA G

Association of Esperantist Greens

AEG 1984 Gundelfingen Germany E

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