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

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

Trees for Life International

1984 Wichita KS USA G

Trees for the Future

TFTF 1989 Silver Spring MD USA G

Trees On-Farm Network

TOFNET Nairobi Kenya K

Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management

1996 Falls Church VA USA E g

Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting

TEMM 1999 S cg

Tripartite Environmental Education Network

TEEN Tokyo Japan F

Trocaire - Catholic Agency for World Development

1973 Kildare Co. Kildare Ireland G v

Tropenbos International

1988 Wageningen Netherlands G

TROPICA VERDE

1989 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center

1973 Turrialba Cartago Turrialba Costa Rica E g

Tropical Biology Association

TBA 1990 Cambridge UK D

Tropical Forest Alliance

TFA 2012 Cologny GE Switzerland C

Tropical Forest Foundation

TFF 1990 Alexandria VA USA G f

Tropical Rainforest Coalition

TRC 1991 Cupertino CA USA N

Tropical Rainforest Foundation

TRF Guatemala Guatemala Guatemala G f

Trust Fund for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Trust Fund Nairobi Kenya K fg

Trust in Digital Life

TDL Brussels Belgium F

Tunis International Centre for Environmental Technologies

CITET 1996 Tunis Tunisia G

Tunza Southeast Asia Youth Environment Network

SEAYEN Singapore Singapore F

Turtle Conservancy

TC 2009 Ojai CA USA G

Turtle Conservation Fund

TCF 2002 F f

Turtle Island Restoration Network

TIRN 1997 Forest Knolls CA USA G

TUSK

1990 Gillingham UK G

TVE International

1984 London UK G

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UN Environment WCMC 2000 E g

UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry

COFFI 1947 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

UNEP DTU Partnership

1990 Copenhagen Denmark E

UNEP Environment Fund

Nairobi Kenya K fg

UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership

UNEP-IEMP 2011 Beijing Beijing China E

UNEP/EUROBATS Secretariat

1995 Bonn Germany E g

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi Delhi India E g

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