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

World Green Infrastructure Network

WGIN 2008 Toronto ON Canada F

World Green Tea Association

Shizuoka Shizuoka Japan N

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

World Hereford Council

WHC 1951 Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay E

World Heritage Centre

WHC 1972 Paris France E g

World Heritage Committee

1976 Paris France E g

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY USA F

World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity

A WISH 1995 Bellingham WA USA G j

World Jewish Restitution Organization

WJRO 1992 Jerusalem Israel D y

World Land Trust

WLT 1989 Halesworth UK G

World Meteorological Organization

WMO 1947 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

World Network for Linguistic Diversity

Mayaa Geneva GE Switzerland E y

World Network of Biosphere Reserves

WNBR 1971 Paris France F

World Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Land and Sea Managers

WIN 2012 New York NY USA E

World Ocean Network

WON 1999 Boulogne-sur-Mer France C

World Order Models Project

WOMP 1966 F v

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies

WOCAT 1992 Bern BE Switzerland K

World Pheasant Association

WPA 1975 Hexham UK E v

World Rainforest Movement

WRM 1986 Montevideo Montevideo Uruguay F

World Seabird Union

WSU 2010 Clemson SC USA C y

World Small Animal Veterinary Association

WSAVA 1959 Dundas ON Canada B y

World Society for Transport and Land Use Research

WSTLUR Montréal QC Canada C

World Sturgeon Conservation Society

WSCS 2003 Neu Wulmstorf Germany D

World Wetland Network

WWN 2008 E

World Wide Fund for Nature

WWF 1961 Gland VD Switzerland F f

World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls

WWGBP 1970 E

World-Ecology Research Network

J

World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

WWOOF 1971 Sydney NSW Australia F

Worldchanging

Seattle WA USA N

WorldLoop

2011 Brussels Belgium G

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

1991 Wuppertal Germany G j

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

1971 Portland OR USA G

Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association

YBDSA 1987 Petersfield UK N v

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority

1953 Jerusalem Israel G

Yes to Life, No to Mining

YLNM 2012 F

YES!

1990 Berkeley CA USA N

Young Friends of the Earth Europe

Young FoEE Brussels Belgium E

Youth and Environment Europe

YEE 1983 Prague Czech Rep E

Yves Rocher Foundation

1991 Issy-les-Moulineaux France G f

Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety

Zeitz Foundation 2008 Nairobi Kenya F f

Zoï Environment Network

Geneva GE Switzerland G

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