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

Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development

ECO-Accord Centre 1992 Moscow Moskva Russia G

Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa

CEEPA Pretoria South Africa G

Centre for Global Environmental Research, Ibaraki

CGER 1991 Ibaraki Osaka Japan G

Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo

CICERO 1990 Oslo Norway G

Centre for International Sustainable Development Law

CISDL Montréal QC Canada G

Centre for International Trade, Economics and Environment

CITEE 1996 Jaipur Rajasthan India G

Centre for Livelihoods, Ecosystems, Energy, Adaptation and Resilience in the Caribbean

CLEAR Caribbean Bridport UK G

Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment

CSERGE 1991 Norwich UK G j

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 international scientifique des fertilisants

CIEC 1932 Braunschweig Germany C

Centres régionaux d'enseignement spécialisé en agriculture

CRESA Dschang Cameroon E

Centro de Ecologia y Pueblos Andinos

CEPA 1995 Oruro Bolivia G

Centro di Ecologia Alpina

CEA 1992 Viote del Monte Bondone Italy G

Centro di Ricerche, Studi e Valorizzazione per la Viticoltura Montana

CERVIM 1987 Aymavilles AO Italy E

Centro Interamericano de Desarrollo e Investigación Ambiental y Territorial

CIDIAT 1965 Mérida ME Venezuela G g

Centro Internacional de Ecologia Tropical

CIET 1977 Caracas DF Venezuela E

Centro Internacional de Información sobre Cultivos de Cobertura

CIDICCO 1990 Tegucigalpa Francisco Morazán Honduras 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 Bio Bío 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

Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands

CDF 1959 Puerto Ayora Ecuador F f

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

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

CIWEM 1895 London UK G jv

Cheetah Conservation Fund

CCF 1990 Otjiwarongo Namibia G f

CHEM Trust

London UK G

Child Rights Connect

1983 Geneva GE Switzerland E y

Children of Conservation

Atlanta GA USA N

China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

CCICED 1992 Beijing Beijing China G

Christensen Fund

TCF 1957 San Francisco CA USA G f

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

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 Osaka Japan G

Civic Life International

2004 Kettering OH USA G

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y

Clay Minerals Society

CMS Chantilly VA USA C

Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative

Clean Sky JTI 2008 Brussels Belgium E

Clean Up the World

CUW 1993 Darlinghurst NSW Australia F

ClientEarth

F

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