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

African Development Aid Association

ADAA 1988 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G

African Forest Forum

AFF Nairobi Kenya F v

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

AFWC 1959 Accra Ghana E g

African Geoparks Network

AGN 2009 El Jadida Morocco F

African Green Foundation International

AGFI 1995 Garki Jigawa Nigeria J f

African Greens Federation

AGF 2010 Kigali Rwanda D

African Highland Initiative Eco-regional Programme

AHI 1995 Kampala Uganda F

African Initiatives

1995 Bristol UK G

African Library and Information Associations and Institutions

AfLIA 2013 Accra Ghana D

African Life Cycle Assessment Network

ALCANET J

African Ministerial Conference on the Environment

AMCEN Nairobi Kenya F cg

African Model Forest Network

AMFN 2009 E

African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education

ANAFE 1993 Nairobi Kenya F

African Network for Environment and Economic Justice

ANEEJ 1995 Benin City Edo Nigeria G

African Office for Development and Cooperation

1976 Dakar Senegal G

African Organization of Cartography and Remote Sensing

AOCRS 1988 Tripoli Libyan AJ D g

African Rainforest Conservancy

ARC 1991 New York NY USA G

African Regional Institute for Geospatial Information Science and Technology

AFRIGIST 1972 Ile Ife Osun Nigeria E g

African Women Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment

AWLAE 1990 Nairobi Kenya G

African-Asian Rural Development Organization

AARDO 1962 Delhi Delhi India C g

Africare

1970 Washington DC USA F

AfriMAB Network

1996 Paris France F

AfriOceans Conservation Alliance

AOCA 2003 Fish Hoek South Africa G

Afrique verte

Montreuil France G y

Afriterra Foundation

G f

AFWC/EFC/NEFC Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea

1948 Rome RM Italy E g

Agence de l'eau Rhin-Meuse

1964 Moulins-lès-Metz France G g

Agence Panafricaine de la Grande Muraille Verte

APGMV 2010 Nouakchott Mauritania D g

Agence pour la Solidarité Internationale, la Culture, le Développement et l'Environnement

AMORCES Paris France G

AGRECOL Afrique: Networking and Information Centre for Sustainable Agriculture in Africa

2001 Thiès Senegal G

Agreed Measures for the Conservation of Antarctic Fauna and Flora

1964 T g

Agreement between the Central African States Concerning the Creation of a Special Fund for the Conservation of Wild Fauna

1983 T g

Agreement Concerning Cooperation for the Saving of Human Lives and Assistance to Vessels and Aircraft in Distress in the Black Sea

1956 T g

Agreement Concerning the Voluntary Contributions to be Given for the Execution of the Project to Preserve and Develop the Monumental Site of Mohenjodaro

1980 T g

Agreement Concerning the Voluntary Contributions to be Given for the Execution of the Project to Preserve Borobudur

1973 T g

Agreement for Cooperation and Consultation between the Central African States for the Conservation of Wild Fauna

1983 T g

Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

1995 T g

Agreement on Conservation of Polar Bears

1973 T g

Agreement on Cooperative Enforcement Operations Directed at Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora

1994 T g

Agreement on the Action Plan for the Environmentally Sound Management of the Common Zambezi River System

1987 T g

Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

ACAP 2001 Hobart TAS Australia T g

Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area

ACCOBAMS 1996 Monte Carlo Monaco T g

Agreement on the Conservation of Gorillas and Their Habitats

2007 Bonn Germany T g

Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats

EUROBATS 1991 Bonn Germany T g

Agreement on the Conservation of Seals in the Wadden Sea

1990 Wilhelmshaven Germany T g

Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas

ASCOBANS 1992 Bonn Germany T g

Agreement on the Exploitation and Conservation of the Maritime Resources of the South Pacific

1952 T g

Agreement on the Joint Regulations of Fauna and Flora

1977 T g

Agreement on the Preparation of a Tripartite Environmental Management Programme for Lake Victoria

1994 T g

Agreement on the Preservation of the Confidentiality of Data Concerning Deep Seabed Areas

1986 T g

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