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 Type III

Basic Income Earth Network

BIEN 1986 New York NY USA F

Bat Conservation International

BCI 1982 Austin TX USA G v

Bears in Mind

1993 Rhenen Netherlands G f Funds, Foundations

Beekeeping Network North-South

BNNS Liège Belgium F

Beijer Institute - International Institute of Ecological Economics

1977 Stockholm Sweden G j Institutes

Belmont Forum

Paris France F

Benelux Convention on Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection

1982 Brussels Belgium T g Treaties, IGOs

BERAS International Foundation

2015 Järna Sweden F f

Big Life Foundation

Big Life 2010 Ridgefield WA USA F f Foundations

Biodiversity and Economics for Conservation

BIOECON 2000 Venice Italy F y International Federations

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network

BES-Net Nairobi Kenya F

Biodiversity Conservancy International

Ottawa ON Canada G

Biodiversity Foundation for Africa

BFA 1992 Bulawayo Zimbabwe G f Foundations

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership

BIP 2004 Cambridge UK E y International Federations

Biodiversity Information Standards

TDWG 1985 Meise Belgium D

Bioencapsulation Research Group

BRG 1990 Sucé sur Erdre France F

Biopolitics International Organisation

BIO 1985 Athens Greece G v

Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme

BDCP Washington DC USA G

Biosphere Expeditions

1999 Dublin Ireland F

Biosphere Foundation

1991 Campbell CA USA G f Foundations

Bioversity International

1974 Maccarese Italy E g Institutes, IGOs

Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development

Biovision 1998 Zurich Switzerland G f Foundations

BirdLife International

1922 Cambridge UK B

BirdsCaribbean

1988 D

Black, Caspian Seas and Central Asia Silk Association

BACSA 2005 Vratsa Bulgaria D

Blue Ventures

G

Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation

Institut Plavi Svijet 1999 Veli Losinj Croatia G j Institutes

Bolivian Association for Research and Conservation of Amazonian Andean Ecosystem

2004 La Paz Bolivia G

Bolivian High Altitude Biology Institute

1963 La Paz Bolivia G j Institutes

Bonobo Conservation Initiative

BCI Washington DC USA G

Born Free Foundation

1984 Horsham UK G f Foundations

Borneo Orangutan Survival International

BOS International Chepstow UK D

Borneo Tropical Rainforest Foundation

BTRF F f Foundations

Botanic Gardens Conservation International

BGCI 1987 Richmond UK F

Both ENDS

1986 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Bretton Woods Project

1995 London UK G

British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia

BACSA 1976 London UK N

Bromine Science and Environmental Forum

BSEF 1997 Brussels Belgium F

Brouhaha International

1990 Liverpool UK N

Building and Wood Workers' International

BWI 2005 Carouge Switzerland B Trade and Labour Unions, Human Rights Organizations

Built Environment Professions in the Commonwealth

BEPIC 1997 Bristol UK G Professional Bodies

Bureau of Nordic Family Forestry

1996 Brussels Belgium E

Butterfly Conservation Europe

BCE 2004 Wageningen Netherlands F

CABI

1985 Wallingford UK C g IGOs

Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

CSER Cambridge UK N j

Cambridge Conference for National Mapping Organizations

1928 Southampton UK F gc Conference Series, IGOs

Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

2013 New York NY USA F y International Federations

Campaign Whale

1980 Lewes UK G

Camrose International Institute

CII 1977 Camrose AB Canada G j Institutes

Canopy

1999 Vancouver BC Canada G

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