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

WeForest

2008 Overijse Belgium F

Wellbeing Economy Alliance

WEAll C y

Weltfriedensdienst

WFD 1959 Berlin Germany G

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

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Bridgetown Barbados E g

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

Whales Alive

Sydney NSW 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 Regional Centre for Environmental Health Activities

CEHA 1985 Amman Jordan E g

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

EMRO 1948 Cairo Egypt E g

Whole Grain Initiative

WGI 2017 Vienna Austria E y

WikiRate Project

2013 F

Wild Chimpanzee Foundation

WCF Leipzig Germany G f

Wild Europe

2005 F f

WildAid

San Francisco CA USA G

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

WPS Denver CO USA G

Wildscreen

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 Switzerland K g

Woman and Earth Global Eco-Network

1979 New York NY USA G v

Women and Land Rights in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe

J

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 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 Switzerland G

WorkingAbroad

1997 Lewes UK N

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