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

Goal 15 is about conserving life on land. It is to protect and restore terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and stop biodiversity loss.

Earth’s ecosystems are vital for sustaining human life, they contribute to over half of global GDP and encompass diverse cultural, spiritual, and economic values.

However, the world is facing a triple crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.

Between 2015 and 2019, at least 100 million hectares of healthy and productive land were degraded every year, impacting the lives of 1.3 billion people.

Agricultural expansion is the direct driver of almost 90 per cent of deforestation. This is in direct relation to our food systems, and oil palm harvesting accounted for 7 per cent of global deforestation from 2000 to 2018.

Global and regional efforts to sustain forest ecosystems as well as their social, economic and environmental functions are essential, in particular for developing countries and the tropics.

We need to shift humanity’s relationship with nature to achieve Goal 15, and realise that nature is the root of our life of earth. The recently adopted Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework provides renewed impetus for Goal 15, outlining four outcome- oriented goals to be achieved by 2050 and 23 targets to be achieved by 2030.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference

2015 S c

Solar Cookers International

SCI 1987 Sacramento CA USA F

Solar Influences Data Analysis Centre

SIDC 1981 Brussels Belgium E


1969 Utrecht Netherlands F

Solution Mining Research Institute

SMRI 1959 Clifton Park NY USA E j

SOS Chrétiens d'Orient

2013 Boulogne-Billancourt France G f

South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme

SACEP 1982 Colombo Sri Lanka F g

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment

SAWTEE 1994 Kathmandu Nepal F t

South Asian Forum for Environment

SAFE 1998 Kolkata India G

South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics

SANDEE 1999 Kathmandu Nepal F

South Eastern Europe Advisory Service Network

SEASN 2015 Zagreb Croatia F

South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association

SPERA 1991 Lucas Heights NSW Australia D

South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation

SPRFMO Wellington New Zealand D g

South Pacific Whale Research Consortium

SPWRC 2000 Avarua Cook Is D

SouthEast and Central European Network of Forest-Based Clusters

SCENet FB Clusters 2008 J

Southeast Asia Regional Committee

SARCS 1993 Chung Li Taiwan E

Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserve Network

SeaBRnet 1998 Jakarta Indonesia F

Southeast Asian Laboratories Network


Southeast Asian Network for Agroforestry Education

SEANAFE 1999 Santa Cruz Philippines F

Southeast Asian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives


Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association

SEAZA 1990 Rodriguez Philippines D

Southern African and Islands Hydrographic Commission

SAIHC 1996 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

Southern African Built Environment Research Centre

SABERC Bellville South Africa N

Southern African Development Community

SADC 1992 Gaborone Botswana F g

Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute

SAFCEI 2005 Westlake South Africa G j

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds

SANCCOB 1968 Cape Town South Africa G f

Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment

SAIEA Windhoek Namibia D j

Southern African Institute of Forestry

SAIF 1968 Menlo Park South Africa G j

Southern African International Conference on Environmental Management


Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management


Southern African-Nordic Centre

SANORD 2007 Cape Town South Africa E

Southern Connection

SC 1992 Christchurch New Zealand F v

Space for Giants

Nanyuki Kenya G

Special Emergency Assistance Fund for Drought and Famine in Africa

SEAF 1984 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F fg

Specially Protected Areas Regional Activity Centre

SPA/RAC 1985 Tunis Tunisia E g

Species 2000

1996 Leiden Netherlands E

SPMUDA International Organization for Peace and Development

SPMUDA International Dumaguete City Philippines G

Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future

SF 1992 London UK G

Standing Committee on Commonwealth Forestry

1923 Craven Arms UK E g

Standing Committee to the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

1982 Strasbourg France E gy

START International

START 1992 Washington DC USA E

STEPS Centre

Falmer UK G

Stichting ZDHC Foundation

ZDHC Foundation 2015 Amsterdam Netherlands F f

Stiftung für Ökologische Entwicklung

Biovision 1998 Zurich Switzerland G f

Stockholm Environment Institute

SEI 1989 Stockholm Sweden E j

Stockholm Resilience Centre

2007 Stockholm Sweden E

STOP the Destruction of the World

1992 Sao Paulo Brazil F

Support International

Si London UK N

Survival International

1969 London UK F v

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y