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

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

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 Bangladesh J

TerrAfrica

2005 Midrand South Africa F

TerraGraphics International Foundation

TIFO 2012 Moscow ID USA G 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

The Peregrine Fund

1970 Boise ID USA N f

The Sustainability Laboratory

The Lab 2008 G

The Vetiver Network International

TVNI 1989 San Antonio TX USA F

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

Thin Green Line Foundation

2007 Richmond VIC Australia G f

Third Millennium Foundation

3MF 1987 Paciano PG Italy F f

Tibet Justice Center

1989 Oakland CA USA E v

Timor Aid

1998 Dili Timor-Leste G

Toxicology Forum

TF Reston VA USA N

TP Organics - European Technology Platform

TP Organics Brussels Belgium F y

Trade Union International of Workers in Geology, Geodesy and Cartography

Moscow Moskva Russia D

TRAFFIC International

1976 Cambridge UK F

Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability

TREES 1979 Santa Cruz LAG Philippines G

Trans Africa Pipeline

TAP 2005 Toronto ON Canada G

Treaty on International Commercial Terrestrial Law

1940 T g

Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea-bed and the Ocean Floor and in the Subsoil Thereof

1971 T g

Treaty Relating to Their Insular Possessions and Insular Dominions in the Pacific Ocean

1921 T g

Tree Aid

1987 Bristol UK G

Tree of Peace Society

1984 Hogansburg NY USA G

Tree-Ring Society

1935 Loveland CO USA C

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