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

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

Capacity Development and Linkages for Environmental Assessment in Africa

CLEAA Dar es Salaam Tanzania UR F y International Federations

Captain Planet Foundation

1991 Atlanta GA USA G f Foundations

Caretakers of the Environment International

CEI 1986 Nørresundby Denmark F

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund

CBF 2012 Nassau Bahamas J f Funds

Caribbean Conservation Association

CCA 1967 St Michael Barbados D

Caribbean Environment Programme

CEP Kingston Jamaica E g IGOs

Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Management Network

CaMPAM 1997 Marathon FL USA G

Caribbean Recycling Foundation

CRF 1994 Palm City FL USA N f Foundations

Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity

CARMABI 1955 Willemstad Curaçao G jf Institutes, Foundations

Caribbean Youth Environment Network

CYEN 1992 Bridgetown Barbados F

CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality

CROSQ 2002 St Michael Barbados E g IGOs

Carpathian Ecoregion Initiative

CERI 1999 Bratislava Slovakia F

CartONG

2006 Chambéry France G

Caspian Environment Programme

CEP 1998 Astana Kazakhstan E g IGOs

Catholic Relief Services

CRS 1943 Baltimore MD USA F Humanitarian Organizations

Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa

CYNESA F

Caucasus Environmental NGO Network

CENN 1998 Tbilisi Georgia F

CEDAM International

1967 Croton-on-Hudson NY USA G

CEDAR Fund

1991 Hong Kong Hong Kong G Humanitarian Organizations, Funds

CEEweb for Biodiversity

1993 Budapest Hungary F y International Federations

Center for Communications, Health and the Environment

CECHE 1990 Washington DC USA G

Center for Health and the Global Environment

CHGE 1996 Boston MA USA G

Center for Human Rights and Environment

1999 Palm Beach Gardens FL USA G Human Rights Organizations

Center for International Environmental Law

CIEL 1989 Washington DC USA G

Center for International Forestry Research

CIFOR 1993 Bogor Indonesia E

Center for Rural Empowerment and the Environment

CREE 2007 J

Center for Women, the Earth, the Divine

City Island NY USA G

Central Africa Protected Areas Network

2000 Libreville Gabon D

Central African Forests Commission

2000 Yaoundé Cameroon F g IGOs

Central American Association for Economy, Health and Environment

1991 Zapote Costa Rica G

Central American Commission on Environment and Development

1989 La Libertad El Salvador E g IGOs

Central American, Caribbean and Mexican Association of Laboratory Animals

1992 D

Central and Southeast Europe LCA Network

CASE-LCA 2011 Novi Sad Serbia F

Central European Initiative

CEI 1989 Trieste Italy F g Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Centre africain de protection environnementale et pour l'assistance

Afrique environnementale Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire G

Centre d'actions et de réalisations internationales

CARI 1998 Viols-le-Fort France G

Centre de documentation Tiers-Monde, Montpellier

CDTM 1978 Montpellier France G Human Rights Organizations

Centre européen d'études des polyphosphates

CEEP 1971 Brussels Belgium E

Centre européen de recherche et d'enseignement des géosciences de l'environnement

CEREGE 1995 N

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