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

Southern African-Nordic Centre

SANORD 2007 Cape Town South Africa E

Southern Connection

SC 1992 Christchurch New Zealand F v

Space for Giants

Nanyuki Kenya G

Special Emergency Assistance Fund for Drought and Famine in Africa

SEAF 1984 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F fg

Species 2000

1996 Leiden Netherlands E

Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future

SF 1992 London UK G

Standing Committee on Commonwealth Forestry

1923 Edinburgh UK E g

Standing Committee to the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

1982 Strasbourg France E gy

STEPS Centre

Falmer UK G

Stockholm Environment Institute

SEI 1989 Stockholm Sweden E j

Stockholm Resilience Centre

2007 Stockholm Sweden E

STOP the Destruction of the World

1992 Sao Paulo SP Brazil F

Support International

Si London UK N

Survival International

1969 London UK F v

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y

Sustainability Challenge Foundation

SCF 1994 Tilburg Netherlands G f

Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry for International Environmental Rehabilitation

SAFIER Maasmechelen Belgium N

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

SAC 2009 San Francisco CA USA J y

Sustainable Europe Research Institute

SERI 1999 Vienna Austria G j

Sustainable Project Management- Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment

SPM 1994 Rougemont VD Switzerland F

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

SSI 2010 London UK F

Swissaid

1948 Bern BE Switzerland G

SYFIA International

Montpellier France F

SYLVA-WORLD for Development and the Protection of Forests and the Environment

1996 Casablanca Morocco G

Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology

BAGECO 1987 S c

Synchronicity Earth

London UK G

Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

SFSA 2001 Basel Switzerland G f

Tahoe-Baikal Institute

TBI 1991 Lake Tahoe CA USA N j

Tchad Agir Pour l'Environnement

TCHAPE Lausanne VD Switzerland G

Technical Cooperation Network on National Parks, Other Protected Areas and Wildlife in Latin America and the Caribbean

1983 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile E g

Tellus Institute

1976 Boston MA USA G j

Termite Society

2017 Barisal Bangladesh J

TerrAfrica

2005 Midrand South Africa F

Terralingua - Unity in Biocultural Diversity

Terralingua 1996 Salt Spring Island BC Canada F

Terre et Humanisme

T and H 1994 Lablachère France G

Tethys Research Institute

1986 Milan MI Italy G j

Tetworld Center for Peace, Earth Observatory and Global Gaming Complex

San Ysidro CA USA N

The Access Initiative

TAI 1999 Washington DC USA F

The Blue Card

TBC 1940 New York NY USA N

The Brussels Map Circle

1998 Brussels Belgium N

The Conservation Foundation, UK

1982 London UK G f

The International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society

IBBS 1969 London UK C

The International Ecotourism Society

TIES 1990 Washington DC USA C

The James Hutton Institute

2011 Aberdeen UK G j

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous

JFR 1986 New York NY USA G f

The Long Run

2009 London UK J

The Mediterranean Science Commission

CIESM 1910 Monte Carlo Monaco D g

The Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative

MedWet 1991 Arles France E

The Nature Conservancy

TNC 1951 Arlington VA USA G

The Ocean Foundation

TOF 2003 Washington DC USA G f

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