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

Bureau of Nordic Family Forestry

1996 Brussels Belgium E

Busan Foundation for International Cooperation

BFIC 2005 Busan Korea Rep G

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

London UK G

Butterfly Conservation Europe

BCE 2004 Wageningen Netherlands F

CABI

1985 Wallingford UK C g

Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

CSER Cambridge UK N j

Cambridge Conference for National Mapping Organizations

1928 Southampton UK F cg

Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

2013 New York NY USA F y

Campaign Whale

1980 Lewes UK G

Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation

CECI 1958 Montréal QC Canada G

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief

CPAR 1984 Ottawa ON Canada G

Captain Planet Foundation

1991 Atlanta GA USA G f

Caretakers of the Environment International

CEI 1986 F

Caribbean ASEAN Voluntary Council for Sustainable Development Goals

Caribbean ASEAN Council J

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund

CBF 2012 Nassau Bahamas J f

Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Europe

CCCE 2019 Brussels Belgium E t

Caribbean Conservation Association

CCA 1967 D

Caribbean Environment Programme

CEP Kingston Jamaica E g

Caribbean Information System for the Agricultural Sciences

CAGRIS St Augustine Trinidad-Tobago F g

Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Management Network

CaMPAM 1997 Marathon FL USA G

Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum

CPHD Forum 2014 St Augustine Trinidad-Tobago F y

Caribbean Recycling Foundation

CRF 1994 Palm City FL USA N f

Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity Foundation

CARMABI Foundation 1955 Willemstad Curaçao G fj

Caribbean Youth Environment Network

CYEN 1993 Bridgetown Barbados F

CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality

CROSQ 2002 St Michael Barbados E g

Carpathian Ecoregion Initiative

CERI 1999 Bratislava Slovakia F

CartONG

2006 Chambéry France F

Caspian Environment Programme

CEP 1998 Nur-Sultan Kazakhstan E g

Catalyst 2030

2020 Haarlem Netherlands J y

Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees

COERR 1978 Bangkok Thailand G

Catholic Relief Services

CRS 1943 Baltimore MD USA F

Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa

CYNESA 2012 Nairobi Kenya 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

CEEweb for Biodiversity

1993 Budapest Hungary F y

Cell Stress Society International

CSSI 1999 West Hartford CT USA D

CEMBUREAU - The European Cement Association

CEMBUREAU 1947 Brussels Belgium D t

Center for Conservation Peacebuilding

CPeace 2006 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

Center for International Environmental Law

CIEL 1989 Washington DC USA G

Center for International Forestry Research

CIFOR 1993 Bogor Indonesia E

Center for Women, the Earth, the Divine

City Island NY USA G

Central Africa Protected Areas Network

Libreville Gabon D

Central and Southeast Europe LCA Network

CASE-LCA 2011 Novi Sad Serbia F

Central European Initiative

CEI 1989 Trieste Italy F g

Centre africain de protection environnementale et pour l'assistance

Afrique environnementale Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire G

Centre Africain de Recherches Forestières Appliquées et de Développement

CARFAD 1994 Yaoundé Cameroon G

Centre d'actions et de réalisations internationales

CARI 1998 Viols-le-Fort France G

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