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

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 jj Institutes

Code REDD

Mill Valley CA USA J

Collaborative Partnership on Forests

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

Collegium Ramazzini

1982 Bologna Italy N

Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South-West Asia

SWAC 1964 Rome Italy E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region

CRC 1965 Cairo Egypt E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

CEC 1994 Montréal QC Canada E g IGOs

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

CCAMLR 1982 Hobart Australia E gy International Federations, IGOs

Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna

CCSBT 1994 Deakin Australia E g IGOs

Commission for the Geological Map of the World

CGMW 1881 Paris France B

Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

CGRFA 1983 Rome Italy E g FAO Bodies, Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Commission on Livestock Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

LDAC 1987 Santiago Chile E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Committee Against Bird Slaughter

CABS 1975 Bonn Germany G

Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow

CFACT 1985 Washington DC USA G

Committee for European Marine Biology Symposia

EMBS 1966 Yerseke Netherlands E

Committee for Mapping the Flora of Europe

CMFE 1965 Helsinki Finland E v

Committee of the Regions

CoR 1993 Brussels Belgium E g European Union Bodies, IGOs

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites

CEOS 1984 Saint-Hubert QC Canada E y International Federations

Committee on Environmental Policy

1994 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

Committee on Housing and Land Management

1947 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

Common Sense Environmental Fund

CSEF J f Funds, Funds

Commonland Foundation

Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Commonweal

1975 Bolinas CA USA G

Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy

CASLE 1969 Bristol UK C

Commonwealth Environmental Journalists Association

CEJA 1998 D

Commonwealth Forestry Association

CFA 1921 Craven Arms UK C

Commonwealth Human Ecology Council

CHEC 1969 London UK C

Community Based Impact Assessment Network for Eastern Africa

CIANEA Kampala Uganda D

Community Forestry International

CFI 1999 Lake Tahoe CA USA G

Community Forests International

CFI 2008 Marseille Canada G

Community of Sahel-Saharan States

CEN-SAD 1998 D g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Community Plant Variety Office

CPVO 1995 Angers France E g European Union Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Compassion in World Farming

CIWF 1967 Godalming UK F

Compton Foundation

1946 Redwood City CA USA G f Foundations

Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left

1994 Brussels Belgium F

Confederation of Environmental and Development NGOs of Central Africa

1992 Douala Cameroon D

Confederation of European Environmental Engineering Societies

CEEES Montigny-le-Bretonneux France D

Confederation of European Forest Owners

CEPF 1961 Brussels Belgium E

Conférence des ministres chargés de l'environnement des pays ayant en commun l'usage du français

Neuilly-sur-Seine France S gc Conference Series, IGOs

Conference of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Island Regions of the European Union

S c Conference Series

Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations

CONGO 1948 Geneva Switzerland E y United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Congo Basin Forest Partnership

CBFP 2002 F gy International Federations, IGOs

Congress of International Vertebrate Morphologists

Antwerp Belgium S c Conference Series

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