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

Wildcare Africa Trust

1986 Lynn East South Africa G

Wildcat Foundation

Alexandria VA USA G f

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

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

WMO Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme

AREP Geneva GE Switzerland K g

Woman and Earth Global Eco-Network

1979 New York NY USA G v

Women and Land Rights in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe


Women Engage for a Common Future

WECF 1994 Utrecht Netherlands F y

Women for Genuine Security

1997 Oakland CA USA G

Women for Peace, Sweden

WFP 1979 Stockholm Sweden G

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International

WECAN 2011 Mill Valley CA USA G

Women's Earth Alliance

WEA 2006 Berkeley CA USA G

Women's Environment and Development Organization

WEDO 1990 New York NY USA F

Women's Environmental Network

WEN 1988 London UK G

Workarea Art-Ambient

WAAM 1980 Cairo Montenotte GE Italy F

Working Group on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests

Montreal Process 1994 Tokyo Japan E

Working Group on Rainforests and Biodiversity

1987 Bielefeld Germany G v

Working Group on Tourism and Development

1977 Basel BS Switzerland G


1997 Lewes UK N

World Agricultural Information Centre

WAICENT 1992 Rome RM Italy K g

World Agroforestry Centre

ICRAF 1977 Nairobi Kenya E

World Alliance for Efficient Solutions

Lausanne VD Switzerland J y

World Animal Net

WAN 1997 Boston MA USA F

World Animal Protection

1981 London UK B

World Associates for Biosystem Science and Engineering

WABSE 1999 Changzhou Guangdong China G

World Association for Animal Production

WAAP 1965 Rome RM Italy C y

World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research

WASER Beijing Beijing China D

World Association for Transport Animal Welfare and Studies

TAWS 1989 Chertsey UK G y

World Association for Voice of Animals

WAVA Gordon NSW Australia N

World Association of Marine Stations

WAMS 2010 Fiskebäckskil Sweden E y

World Association of Soil and Water Conservation

WASWAC 1983 Beijing China B

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

WAZA 1946 Barcelona Barcelona Spain C y

World Bank - WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use

WB - WWF Forest Alliance 1998 Washington DC USA E

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Bioenergy Association

WBA 2008 Stockholm Sweden C

World Blue Chain: for the Protection of Animals and Nature

1962 Brussels Belgium F

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva GE Switzerland C

World Carfree Network

1997 F

World Cetacean Alliance

WCA Brighton UK C y

World Conference on Marine Biodiversity


World Congress Alternatives and Environment

1979 Vienna Austria S cv

World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production

WCGALP 1974 S c