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-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

WWOOF 1971 Sydney NSW Australia F

Worldchanging

Seattle WA USA N

WorldFish

1975 Bayan Lepas Malaysia E

WorldLoop

2011 Brussels Belgium G

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

1991 Wuppertal Germany G j

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

1971 Portland OR USA G

Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association

YBDSA 1987 Petersfield UK N v

Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

1953 Jerusalem Israel G

Yes to Life, No to Mining

YLNM 2012 F

YES!

1990 Berkeley CA USA N

YOU Stiftung - Bildung für Kinder in Not

YOU Foundation 1992 Düsseldorf Germany G f

Young Friends of the Earth Europe

Young FoEE Brussels Belgium E

Youth and Environment Europe

YEE 1983 Prague Czechia E

Yves Rocher Foundation

1991 Issy-les-Moulineaux France G f

Zeitz Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety

Zeitz Foundation 2008 Nairobi Kenya F f

Zoï Environment Network

Geneva Switzerland G

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