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

Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica

ACCA 1999 Lima Peru G

Aspen Global Change Institute

AGCI 1989 Basalt CO USA G j

Assembly of European Wine Regions

AREV 1988 Brussels F

Associação SOS Amazonia

1988 Rio Branco Brazil G

Association de Promotion de l'Organisation Mondiale de l'Environnement

APOME Brussels Belgium J

Association des constructeurs pour la réhabilitation et l'optimalisation de la terre

ACROTERRE 1985 Grenoble France N

Association des Echanges Méditerranéens pour l'eau, la forêt, l'énergie, et le développement durable des territoires

AEM 2000 Paris France D

Association des Jeunes Volontaires au Service du Monde Environnemental

AJVSME 2011 Lomé G

Association for AgriCulture and Ecology

Agrecol 1982 Göttingen Germany G

Association for Applied Animal Andrology

AAAA Calgary AB Canada C

Association for Better Land Husbandry

ABLH 1993 Nairobi Kenya G

Association for Environmental Archaeology

AEA 1979 G v

Association for Environmentally Friendly Carpets

1990 Aachen Germany D

Association for Fire Ecology

AFE 2000 Eugene OR D

Association for Forest Spatial Analysis Technologies

ForestSAT 2015 E c

Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas

APOYOnline 1989 Rockville MD USA G v

Association for Learning Environments

A4LE 1921 Scottsdale AZ USA G

Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society

APBREBES 2009 Lausanne C y

Association for Preservation Technology International

APT International 1968 Springfield IL USA G

Association for Smart Learning Ecosystem and Regional Development

ASLERD Rostock Germany D

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

ASAB 1936 Neston UK C v

Association for Tree-Ring Research

ATR 2002 Wageningen Netherlands D

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

ATBC 1963 Sao Paulo C

Association for Vertical Farming

AVF Munich Germany J

Association Forêt Méditerranéenne

1978 Marseille France G

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva Switzerland G

Association Internationale de la Femme Marocaine à l'Étranger

AIFME 2008 Sevran France G

Association internationale forêts méditerranéennes

AIFM 1996 Marseille France D

Association internationale pour l'étude des argiles

AIPEA 1948 C

Association Internationale Pour les Femmes du Karité

2021 Oullins J

Association internationale villes et ports - réseau mondial des villes portuaires

AIVP 1988 Le Havre France D

Association of Arid Lands Studies

AALS 1977 Lubbock TX USA G

Association of Caribbean Beekeepers Organisations

ACBO 2002 Hope Village Trinidad-Tobago E

Association of Charity Lotteries in Europe

ACLEU 2007 Amsterdam D

Association of Chemistry and the Environment

ACE 2000 D

Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

AERE 1979 Altamonte Springs FL USA G

Association of Esperantist Greens

AEG 1984 Bonn E

Association of European Experts in Building and Construction (The)

AEEBC 1990 Haywards Heath UK D

Association of European Geographical Societies

EUGEO 1997 Budapest Hungary D

Association of Holocaust Organizations

AHO 1985 Brenham TX USA G y

Association of Hydro-Meteorological Industry

HMEI 2001 Geneva D t

Association of International Research Initiatives for Environmental Studies

AIRIES 1996 Tokyo Japan N

Association of the Network for International Research on Desertification

DesertNet International 2007 Sassari Italy D

Association of Working Communities of the Alpine Regions

AWCAR 1989 Innsbruck E

Association of World Citizens

AWC 1975 Novato CA USA F

Association of World Reindeer Herders

WRH 1997 Kautokeino Norway D

Association pour la promotion de l'éducation et de la formation à l'étranger

APEFE 1976 Brussels G

Association Roger Riou

1975 Paris France G

Associazione A Sud – Ecologia e Cooperazione ONLUS

A Sud 2003 Rome G

Associazione Internazionale per la Comunicazione Ambientale

AICA 2003 Alba Italy G

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