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

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

Thin Green Line Foundation

2007 Balnarring VIC Australia G f

Third Millennium Foundation

3MF 1987 Paciano Italy F f

Third World Network

TWN 1984 Penang Malaysia F

Tibet Justice Center

1989 Oakland CA USA E v

Timor Aid

1998 Dili Timor-Leste G

Toxicology Forum

TF Reston VA USA N

TP Organics - European Technology Platform

TP Organics Brussels Belgium F y

Trade Union International of Workers in Geology, Geodesy and Cartography

Moscow Russia D t

TRAFFIC International

TRAFFIC 1976 Cambridge UK F

Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability

TREES 1979 Santa Cruz Philippines G

Trans Africa Pipeline

TAP 2005 Toronto ON Canada G

Treaty on International Commercial Terrestrial Law

1940 T g

Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea-bed and the Ocean Floor and in the Subsoil Thereof

1971 T g

Treaty Relating to Their Insular Possessions and Insular Dominions in the Pacific Ocean

1921 T g

Tree Aid

1987 Bristol UK G

Tree of Peace Society

1984 Hogansburg NY USA G

Tree-Ring Society

1935 Loveland CO USA C

Trees for Life International

1984 Wichita KS USA G

Trees for the Future

TFTF 1989 Silver Spring MD USA G

Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management

1996 Falls Church VA USA E g

Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting

TEMM 1999 S cg

Tripartite Environmental Education Network

TEEN Tokyo Japan F

Trocaire - Catholic Agency for World Development

1973 Kildare Ireland G v

Tropenbos International

TBI 1988 Ede Netherlands G

TROPICA VERDE

1989 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center

1973 Turrialba Costa Rica E g

Tropical Biology Association

TBA 1990 Cambridge UK D

Tropical Forest Alliance

TFA 2012 Cologny Switzerland C

Tropical Forest Foundation

TFF 1990 Alexandria VA USA G f

Tropical Rainforest Coalition

TRC 1991 Cupertino CA USA N

Tropical Rainforest Foundation

TRF Guatemala Guatemala G f

True Animal Protein Price Coalition

TAPPC 2018 Amsterdam Netherlands G

Trust Fund for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Trust Fund Nairobi Kenya K fg

Trust in Digital Life

TDL Brussels Belgium F

Tunis International Centre for Environmental Technologies

CITET 1996 Tunis Tunisia G

Tunza Southeast Asia Youth Environment Network

SEAYEN Singapore Singapore F

Turtle Conservancy

TC 2009 Ojai CA USA G

Turtle Conservation Fund

TCF 2002 F f

Turtle Island Restoration Network

TIRN 1997 Forest Knolls CA USA G

TUSK

1990 Gillingham UK G

TVE International

1984 London UK G

UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UNEP-WCMC 2000 Cambridge UK E g

UN Nutrition

2020 Rome Italy E y

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y

UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry

COFFI 1947 Geneva Switzerland E gt

UNEP Environment Fund

Nairobi Kenya K fg

UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership

UNEP-IEMP 2011 Beijing China E

UNEP/EUROBATS Secretariat

1995 Bonn Germany E g

UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

1961 Bangkok Thailand E g

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