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

Vegan Society

1944 Hockley UK N

Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

VIVA 1994 Bristol UK N

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières International

VSF International 1989 Brussels Belgium F

Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage

1963 T g Treaties, IGOs

Vienna Wiestenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies

VWI Vienna Austria G j Institutes

Village Earth

1993 Fort Collins CO USA G


1982 Oklahoma City OK USA N

Voluntary Human Extinction Movement


Walking Tree Travel

Denver CO USA G e Corporations, Companies


1983 The Hague Netherlands G

Water and Development Information for Arid Lands Global Network

G-WADI 2004 Paris France F y International Federations, UNESCO Bodies

Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean

1992 Panama Panama E g IGOs

Water Environment Federation

WEF 1928 Alexandria VA USA G

Water Environment Partnership in Asia

WEPA 2004 Hayama Japan J g IGOs

Web alliance for Regreening in Africa

W4RA Amsterdam Netherlands G

Weeden Foundation

WF 1963 Bedford NY USA N f Foundations


2008 Overijse Belgium F

WESSA Share-Net

1989 Howick South Africa E

West African Association for Environmental Assessment

WAAEA 2002 Cotonou Benin D

West African Association for Marine Environment

WAAME 1995 Dakar Senegal G

West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use

WASCAL Accra Ghana D g IGOs

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Christ Church Barbados E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Wetland Link International

WLI 1991 Slimbridge UK F

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen Netherlands B

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

WDC Chippenham UK G

Whaleman Foundation

Lahaina HI USA N f Foundations

Whales Alive

Sydney Australia G

Whitney R Harris World Ecology Center

1990 St Louis MO USA G

WHO European Centre for Environment and Health

ECEH Bonn Germany K g WHO Bodies, IGOs

WHO Regional Centre for Environmental Health Activities

CEHA 1985 Amman Jordan E g WHO Bodies, IGOs

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

EMRO 1948 Cairo Egypt E g WHO Bodies, IGOs

Wild Chimpanzee Foundation

WCF Leipzig Germany G f Foundations

Wild Europe

2005 F f Foundations


San Francisco CA USA G

Wildcare Africa Trust

1986 Lynn East South Africa G

Wildcat Foundation

Alexandria VA USA G f Foundations

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

WWT 1946 Slimbridge UK G

Wildlife Alliance

1994 New York NY USA F

Wildlife Conservation Global

Jacksonville FL USA G

Wildlife Conservation Network

WCN 2002 San Francisco CA USA G

Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS 1895 New York NY USA G

Wildlife Disease Association

WDA 1951 Lawrence KS USA C v

Wildlife Protection Solutions



1987 Bristol UK G

Wine in Moderation

WIM 2011 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

Wireless Communications Association International

WCAI 1988 Washington DC USA G

Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies

WIPCS 1985 Stevens-Point WI USA G j Institutes

WMO Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme

AREP Geneva Switzerland K g IGOs

Woman and Earth Global Eco-Network

1979 New York NY USA G v Human Rights Organizations