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

Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping

ASZK 1976 D

Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council

ASPAC 1990 Warragul Australia N

Australasian Wader Studies Group

AWSG 1981 Heathmont Australia G v

Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching

ANZCCART 1987 Adelaide Australia G

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin Australia G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Austrian Middle East Environment Protection Association

AIMEEPA N

Austrian Society for Environment and Technology

Vienna Austria G

Autre Terre

1982 Herstal Belgium F

AVI

1961 Fitzroy Australia G

Avoided Deforestation Partners

AD Partners 2007 Washington DC USA G

AWARE International

Paris France G

Balkan Environmental Association

BENA 1998 Thessaloniki Greece D

Balkan Federation of Apicultural Associations

Bucharest Romania D y International Federations

Balkan Science and Education Centre of Ecology and Environment

BSECEE Sofia Bulgaria G

Balkan Society of Geometers

BSG 1994 Bucharest Romania D v

BALKANI Wildlife Society

1989 Sofia Bulgaria E

Baltic Earth

Geesthacht Germany E

Baltic Ecovillage Network

BEN F

Baltic Environmental Forum

BEF 1995 Riga Latvia F

Baltic Farmers Forum on Environment

BFFE 1998 Stockholm Sweden F

Baltic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University

BOVA University 1996 Kaunas Lithuania F

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission

HELCOM 1974 Helsinki Finland E gy International Federations, IGOs

Baltic Nest Institute

BNI 2007 Stockholm Sweden E j Institutes

Baltic Network against Life-Threatening Viral Infections

Baltic Antiviral Network 2013 Stockholm Sweden F

Baltic Sea Hydrographic Commission

BSHC 1983 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Baltic Sea Project

BSP 1989 E

BalticSea2020

2005 Stockholm Sweden G

Bamboo Generation

Paris France N

Banana Link

1996 Norwich UK G

Bariloche Foundation

1963 San Carlos de Bariloche Argentina G f Foundations

Basel Action Network

BAN 1997 Seattle WA USA F

Basel Protocol on Liability and Compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

1999 T g Treaties, IGOs

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 Foundations

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

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

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