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

Centre for the Study of Superdiversity

Babylon Tilburg Netherlands G

Centre for Tourism in Islands and Coastal Areas

CENTICA Chatham UK G

Centre for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Forestry

Göttingen Germany G

Centre for World Food Studies

1977 Amsterdam Netherlands N

Centre international de recherche-développement sur l'élevage en zone subhumide

CIRDES 1972 Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso E

Centre régional pour l'environnement de l'Asia centrale

1998 Almaty Kazakhstan G

Centres régionaux d'enseignement spécialisé en agriculture

CRESA Dschang Cameroon E

Centro de Ecologia y Pueblos Andinos

CEPA 1995 Oruro Bolivia G

Centro Internacional de Restauración Neurológica

CIREN 1989 Havana Cuba N

Centro Neotropical de Entrenamiento en Humedales

CNEH 1996 G

Centro Universitario Internacional Europa Latinoamérica de Investigación y Formación en Ciencias Ambientales, Chile

EULA Concepción Chile N

Cetacean Freedom Network

CFN G

Cetacean Society International

CSI 1974 Georgetown CT USA G v

Change For Animals Foundation

CFAF 2012 Abinger Hammer UK G f Foundations

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Isles

CDF 1959 Galapagos Ecuador F f Foundations

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society

CRM Society 1973 Glasgow UK E v

Chart and Nautical Instrument Trade Association

CNITA 1918 London UK G

Charter on Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation Concerning the Environment in the Mediterranean Basin

Nicosia charter 1990 T g Treaties, IGOs

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

CIWEM 1895 London UK G jv Institutes

Cheetah Conservation Fund

CCF 1990 Otjiwarongo Namibia G f Funds, Funds

Children of Conservation

Atlanta GA USA N

China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

CCICED 1992 Beijing China G

Christensen Fund

TCF 1957 San Francisco CA USA G f Funds, Funds

Christian Missions in Many Lands

CMML 1921 Spring Lake NJ USA N

Church Monuments Society

1979 Okehampton UK N v

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program

CBMP Akureyri Iceland E y International Federations

Circumpolar Conservation Union

CCU 1993 Washington DC USA G

Citizens for a United Earth

CUE 1985 Ionia NY USA G

Citizens' Alliance for Saving the Atmosphere and the Earth

CASA 1988 Osaka Japan G

Civic Life International

2004 Kettering OH USA G

Clay Minerals Society

CMS 1962 Chantilly VA USA C

Clean Up the World

CUW 1993 Darlinghurst Australia F

ClientEarth

London UK F

Climate Action Network

CAN 1989 Beirut Lebanon F y International Federations

Climate Action Network Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

1994 E

Climate Alliance

1990 Frankfurt-Main Germany F

Climate and Clean Air Coalition

CCAC 2012 Paris France E y International Federations

Climate change Learning Initiative Mobilizing Action Transforming Environments in Asia Pacific

CLIMATE Asia Pacific 2010 E

Club Delahaye

CD 1966 Abondant France N Clubs

Coalition Clean Baltic

CCB 1990 Uppsala Sweden F y International Federations

Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies

CERES 1989 Boston MA USA G

Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreements

CFFA 1992 Brussels Belgium E

Coalition for Rainforest Nations

CfRN 2005 New York NY USA F g IGOs

Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific

CEVHAP 2010 Melbourne Australia D

Coastal and Marine Union - EUCC

1989 Leiden Netherlands E

Coastal Conservation Network

CCN Costa Mesa CA USA G

Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation

CERF Encinitas CA USA G f Foundations, Human Rights Organizations

Coastal Watershed Institute

CWI Port Angeles WA USA G j Institutes

Code REDD

Mill Valley CA USA J

Collaborative Partnership on Forests

CPF 1995 New York NY USA E gy International Federations, IGOs

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