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

Association of Charity Lotteries in Europe

ACLEU 2007 Amsterdam Netherlands D

Association of Chemistry and the Environment

ACE 2000 Nova Gorica Slovenia D

Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

AERE 1979 Altamonte Springs FL USA G

Association of Esperantist Greens

AEG 1984 Bonn Germany E

Association of European Experts in Building and Construction (The)

AEEBC 1990 Haywards Heath UK D

Association of European Geographical Societies

EUGEO 1997 Budapest Hungary D

Association of Holocaust Organizations

AHO 1985 Brenham TX USA G y

Association of Hydro-Meteorological Industry

HMEI 2001 Geneva Switzerland D t

Association of International Research Initiatives for Environmental Studies

AIRIES 1996 Tokyo Japan N

Association of the Network for International Research on Desertification

DesertNet International 2007 Sassari Italy D

Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future

ULSF 1992 Wayland MA USA G

Association of Working Communities of the Alpine Regions

AWCAR 1989 Innsbruck Austria E

Association of World Citizens

AWC 1975 Novato CA USA F

Association of World Reindeer Herders

WRH 1997 Kautokeino Norway D

Association pour la promotion de l'éducation et de la formation à l'étranger

APEFE 1976 Brussels Belgium G

Association Roger Riou

1975 Paris France G

Associazione A Sud Ecologia e Cooperazione

A Sud 2003 Rome Italy G

Associazione Internazionale per la Comunicazione Ambientale

AICA 2003 Alba Italy G

Associazione New Humanity

Milan Italy N

ATD Fourth World International

1958 Pierrelaye France F

Atlantic Salmon Trust

AST 1967 Perth UK F v

Atlas Alliance

1981 Oslo Norway G

Atlas Economic Research Foundation

Atlas Network 1981 Arlington VA USA G f

Atlas Service Corps

2006 Washington DC USA G

Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine

ACNEM 1982 Melbourne VIC Australia N

Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network

AELERT 2004 Canberra ACT Australia G

Australasian Network for Ecology and Transportation

ANET N

Australasian Primate Society

1982 Magill SA Australia G

Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference

ARSPC S c

Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour

ASSAB 1972 N

Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping

ASZK 1976 D

Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council

ASPAC 1990 Warragul VIC Australia N

Australasian Wader Studies Group

AWSG 1981 Heathmont VIC Australia G v

Australasian Wildlife Management Society

AWMS 1988 Canberra ACT Australia N

Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching

ANZCCART 1987 Adelaide SA Australia G

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin ACT Australia G y

Austrian Middle East Environment Protection Association

AIMEEPA N

Austrian Society for Environment and Technology

Vienna Austria G

AVI

1961 Fitzroy VIC Australia G

Avoided Deforestation Partners

AD Partners 2007 Washington DC USA G

AWARE International

Paris France G

Balkan Environmental Association

BENA 1998 Thessaloniki Greece D

Balkan Federation of Apicultural Associations

Bucharest Romania D y

Balkan Society of Geometers

BSG 1994 Bucharest Romania D v

BALKANI Wildlife Society

1989 Sofia Bulgaria E

Baltic Earth

Geesthacht Germany E

Baltic Ecovillage Network

BEN F

Baltic Environmental Forum

BEF 1995 Riga Latvia F

Baltic Farmers Forum on Environment

BFFE 1998 Stockholm Sweden F

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission

HELCOM 1974 Helsinki Finland E gy

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