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

World Future Council Foundation

WFC 2007 Hamburg Germany F f

World Geospatial Industry Council

WGIC 2018 The Hague Netherlands C t

World Green Building Council

WorldGBC 1999 Toronto ON Canada E

World Green Design Organization

WGDO 2012 Beijing China J

World Green Economy Organization

WGEO Dubai United Arab Emirates J g

World Green Infrastructure Network

WGIN 2008 Toronto ON Canada F

World Green Tea Association

Shizuoka Japan N

World Health Innovation Summit

WHIS Carlisle UK J

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Hereford Council

WHC 1951 E

World Heritage Centre

WHC 1992 Paris France E g

World Heritage Committee

1976 Paris France E g

World Heritage Watch

WHW 2014 Berlin Germany G y

World Horse Welfare

1927 Snetterton UK G

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY USA F

World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity

A WISH 1995 Bellingham WA USA G j

World Jewish Restitution Organization

WJRO 1992 Jerusalem Israel D y

World Land Trust

WLT 1989 Halesworth UK G

World Meteorological Organization

WMO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Mountain People Association

WMPA 2001 Paris France C

World Neighbors

WN 1951 Oklahoma City OK USA G v

World Network for Linguistic Diversity

Maaya Geneva Switzerland E y

World Network of Biosphere Reserves

WNBR 1971 Paris France F

World Network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Land and Sea Managers

WIN 2012 New York NY USA E

World Ocean Network

WON 1999 Boulogne-sur-Mer France C

World Order Models Project

WOMP 1966 F v

World Organisation for Animal Health

WOAH 1924 Paris France B g

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B

World ORT

WO 1880 London UK C

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies

WOCAT 1992 Bern Switzerland K

World Pheasant Association

WPA 1975 Hexham UK E v

World Rainforest Movement

WRM 1986 Montevideo Uruguay F

World Sailing

1907 London UK B y

World Seabird Union

WSU 2010 Clemson SC USA C y

World Shiology Forum

WSF 2017 Beijing China J

World Silambam Association

WSA 1999 Petaling Jaya Malaysia G

World Small Animal Veterinary Association

WSAVA 1959 Dundas ON Canada B y

World Society for Transport and Land Use Research

WSTLUR Montréal QC Canada C

World Sturgeon Conservation Society

WSCS 2003 Neu Wulmstorf Germany D

World Urban Parks

2015 Edmonton AB Canada C

World Veterinary Association

WVA 1959 Brussels Belgium A y

World Water Council

WWC 1996 Marseille France C y

World Wetland Network

WWN 2008 E

World Wide Fund for Nature

WWF 1961 Gland Switzerland F f

World Wood Day Foundation

WWDF 2013 F f

World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls

WWGBP 1970 E

World-Ecology Research Network


World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

WWOOF 1971 Sydney NSW Australia F


Seattle WA USA N


1975 Bayan Lepas Malaysia E