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

Biopolitics International Organisation

BIO 1985 Athens Greece G v

Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme

BDCP Washington DC USA G

Biosphere Expeditions

1999 Blackrock Ireland F

Biosphere Foundation

1991 Campbell CA USA G f Foundations

Bioversity International

1974 Maccarese Italy E g Institutes, IGOs

Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development

Biovision 1998 Zurich Switzerland G f Foundations

BirdLife International

1922 Cambridge UK B


1988 D

Black, Caspian Seas and Central Asia Silk Association

BACSA 2005 Vratsa Bulgaria D

Blue Ventures


Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation

Institut Plavi Svijet 1999 Veli Losinj Croatia G j Institutes

Bolivian Association for Research and Conservation of Amazonian Andean Ecosystem

2004 La Paz Bolivia G

Bolivian High Altitude Biology Institute

1963 La Paz Bolivia G j Institutes

Bonobo Conservation Initiative

BCI Washington DC USA G

Born Free Foundation

1984 Horsham UK G f Foundations

Borneo Orangutan Survival International

BOS International Chepstow UK D

Borneo Tropical Rainforest Foundation

BTRF F f Foundations

Botanic Gardens Conservation International

BGCI 1987 Richmond UK F


1986 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Bretton Woods Project

1995 London UK G

British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia

BACSA 1976 London UK N

Bromine Science and Environmental Forum

BSEF 1997 Brussels Belgium F

Brouhaha International

1990 Liverpool UK N

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

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

London UK G Human Rights Organizations

Butterfly Conservation Europe

BCE 2004 Wageningen Netherlands F


1985 Wallingford UK C g IGOs

Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

CSER Cambridge UK N j Institutes

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


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


2006 Chambéry France F

Caspian Environment Programme

CEP 1998 Astana Kazakhstan E g IGOs

Catholic Committee Against Hunger and for Development

CCFD-Terre Solidaire 1961 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations