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

Wellbeing Economy Alliance

WEAll C y

Weltfriedensdienst

WFD 1959 Berlin Germany G

WESSA Share-Net

1989 Howick South Africa E

West African Association for Environmental Assessment

WAAEA 2002 Cotonou Benin D

West African Association for Marine Environment

WAAME 1995 Dakar Senegal G

West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use

WASCAL Accra Ghana D g

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Bridgetown Barbados E g

Wetland Link International

WLI 1991 Slimbridge UK F

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen Netherlands B

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

WDC Chippenham UK G

Whaleman Foundation

1997 Lahaina HI USA N f

Whales Alive

Sydney NSW Australia G

Whitney R Harris World Ecology Center

1990 St Louis MO USA G

WHO European Centre for Environment and Health

ECEH Bonn Germany K g

WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities

GNAFCC 2010 Geneva Switzerland F y

WHO Regional Centre for Environmental Health Activities

CEHA 1985 Amman Jordan E g

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

EMRO 1948 Cairo Egypt E g

Whole Grain Initiative

WGI 2017 Vienna Austria E y

WikiRate Project

2013 F

Wild Chimpanzee Foundation

WCF Leipzig Germany G f

Wild Europe Foundation

2005 London UK F f

WildAid

San Francisco CA USA G

Wildcare Africa Trust

1986 Lynn East South Africa G

Wildcat Foundation

Alexandria VA USA G f

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

WWT 1946 Slimbridge UK G

Wildlife Alliance

1994 New York NY USA F

Wildlife Conservation Global

Jacksonville FL USA G

Wildlife Conservation Network

WCN 2002 San Francisco CA USA G

Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS 1895 New York NY USA G

Wildlife Disease Association

WDA 1951 Moorpark CA USA C v

Wildlife Protection Solutions

WPS Golden CO USA G

Wildscreen

1987 Bristol UK G

Winrock International

1985 Little Rock AR USA G

Wireless Communications Association International

WCAI 1988 Washington DC USA G

Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies

WIPCS 1985 Stevens-Point WI USA G j

WMO Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme

AREP Geneva Switzerland K g

Woman and Earth Global Eco-Network

1979 New York NY USA G v

Women and Land Rights in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe

J

Women Engage for a Common Future

WECF 1994 Utrecht Netherlands F y

Women for Genuine Security

1997 Oakland CA USA G

Women for Peace, Sweden

WFP 1979 Stockholm Sweden G

Women's Earth Alliance

WEA 2006 Berkeley CA USA G

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International

WECAN 2011 Mill Valley CA USA G

Women's Environment and Development Organization

WEDO 1990 New York NY USA F

Women's Environmental Network

WEN 1988 London UK G

Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 Denman Is BC Canada G

Workarea Art-Ambient

WAAM 1980 Cairo Montenotte Italy F

Working Committee of the Malting Industry of the EU

1959 Brussels Belgium E t

Working Group on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests

Montreal Process 1994 Tokyo Japan E

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