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

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

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y International Federations

Clay Minerals Society

CMS 1962 Chantilly VA USA C

Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative

Clean Sky JTI 2008 Brussels Belgium E

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

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 Foundations

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