Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

Life Below Water


The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters owing to pollution and ocean acidification is having an adversarial effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. This is also negatively impacting small scale fisheries.

Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Cetacean Freedom Network

CFN G

Cetacean Society International

CSI 1974 Georgetown CT USA G v

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society

CRM Society 1973 Glasgow UK E v

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 Switzerland E y

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

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 Japan G

Civic Life International

2004 Kettering OH USA G

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y

Clean Cooking Alliance

2010 Washington DC USA E

Clean Sky Joint Undertaking

Clean Sky JU 2008 Brussels Belgium E

Clean Up the World

CUW 1993 Darlinghurst NSW Australia F

ClientEarth

London UK F

Climate Action Network Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

1994 E

Climate and Clean Air Coalition

CCAC 2012 Paris France E y

Climate change Learning Initiative Mobilizing Action Transforming Environments in Asia Pacific

CLIMATE Asia Pacific 2010 E

Club Delahaye

CD 1966 Abondant France N

Coalition Clean Baltic

CCB 1990 Uppsala Sweden F y

Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreements

CFFA 1992 Brussels Belgium E

Coalition of Fragile Ecosystems

COFE 2017 J

Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators

COLTO 2003 Mount Hawthorn WA Australia F

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation

CERF 1971 Seattle WA USA G v

Coastal and Marine Union - EUCC

1989 Leiden Netherlands E

Coastal Conservation Network

CCN Costa Mesa CA USA G

Coastal Education and Research Foundation

CERF 1984 F f

Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation

CERF Encinitas CA USA G f

Coastal Footprint

G

Coastal Oceans Research and Development - Indian Ocean

CORDIO East Africa Mombasa Kenya E

Coastal Watershed Institute

CWI Port Angeles WA USA G j

Coastal Zone Asia-Pacific Association

CZAPA Bangkok Thailand E

Coastwatch Europe

CWE Dublin Ireland G

Collaborative Intergovernmental Scientific Research Institute

CISRI 2000 Novara Italy E gj

Collegium Ramazzini

1982 Bologna Italy N

Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo

CCAD 1989 La Libertad El Salvador E g

Comisión de Pesca Continental y Acuicultura para América Latina y el Caribe

COPESCAALC 1976 Santiago Chile E g

Comisión Permanente del Pacifico Sur

CPPS 1952 Guayaquil Ecuador D g

Comisión Trinacional para el Desarrollo de la Cuenca del Rio Pilcomayo

1995 Asunción Paraguay E g

Comité des organisations nationales des importateurs et exportateurs de poisson de l'UE

CEP 1963 Brussels Belgium E

Comité Intergubernamental Coordinador de los Paises de la Cuenca del Plata

CIC 1969 Buenos Aires Argentina D g

Comité Regional de Recursos Hidraulicos del Istmo Centroamericano

CRRH 1966 San José Costa Rica E g

Commission du Danube

CD 1948 Budapest Hungary E g

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