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

Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry for International Environmental Rehabilitation

SAFIER Maasmechelen Belgium N

Sustainable Agriculture Network

SAN 2010 San José Costa Rica F y

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

SAC 2009 Oakland CA USA J y

Sustainable Europe Research Institute

SERI 1999 Nürburg Germany G j

Sustainable Mekong Research Network

SUMERNET 2005 Bangkok Thailand F

Sustainable Project Management- Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment

SPM 1994 Rougemont Switzerland F

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

SSI 2010 Hartley Wintney UK F

Swiss Interchurch Aid

1946 Zurich Switzerland G

Swissaid

1948 Bern Switzerland G

SYFIA International

Montpellier France F

SYLVA-WORLD for Development and the Protection of Forests and the Environment

1996 Casablanca Morocco G

Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology

BAGECO 1987 S c

Synchronicity Earth

London UK G

Tahoe-Baikal Institute

TBI 1991 Lake Tahoe CA USA N j

Tchad Agir Pour l'Environnement

TCHAPE Lausanne Switzerland G

Technical Cooperation Network on National Parks, Other Protected Areas and Wildlife in Latin America and the Caribbean

1983 Santiago Chile E g

Tellus Institute

1976 Boston MA USA G j

Termite Society

2017 Barisal Bangladesh N

TerrAfrica

2005 Midrand South Africa F

Terralingua - Unity in Biocultural Diversity

Terralingua 1996 Salt Spring Island BC Canada F

Terre et Humanisme

T and H 1994 Lablachère France G

Tethys Research Institute

1986 Milan Italy G j

Tetworld Center for Peace, Earth Observatory and Global Gaming Complex

San Ysidro CA USA N

The Access Initiative

TAI 1999 Washington DC USA F

The Association for International Sport for All

TAFISA 1990 Frankfurt-Main Germany B y

The Association for Preservation Technology International

APT International 1968 Washington DC USA G

The Blue Card

TBC 1940 New York NY USA N

The Brewers of Europe

1958 Brussels Belgium E t

The Brussels Map Circle

1998 Brussels Belgium N

The Conservation Foundation, UK

1982 London UK G f

The European Nature Trust

TENT 2000 London UK G

The European Travel Agents' and Tour Operators' Associations

ECTAA 1961 Brussels Belgium E t

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

GBI 2009 Eastbourne UK F

The Green 10

F y

The ICCF Group

Washington DC USA F fy

The International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society

IBBS 1969 London UK C

The International Ecotourism Society

TIES 1990 Washington DC USA C

The James Hutton Institute

2011 Aberdeen UK G j

The Left in the European Parliament

The Left 1994 Brussels Belgium F

The Long Run

2009 London UK J

The Mediterranean Science Commission

CIESM 1910 Monte Carlo Monaco D g

The Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative

MedWet 1991 Arles France E

The Nature Conservancy

TNC 1951 Arlington VA USA G

The Ocean Foundation

TOF 2003 Washington DC USA G f

The Peregrine Fund

1970 Boise ID USA N f

The Reef-World Foundation

RWF Brynteg UK G f

The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative

Vienna Austria G

The Sustainability Laboratory

The Lab 2008 G

The Sustainable Trade Initiative

IDH 2008 Utrecht Netherlands F f

The Vetiver Network International

TVNI 1989 San Antonio TX USA F

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