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

British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia

BACSA 1976 London UK N

Bromine Science and Environmental Forum

BSEF 1997 Brussels Belgium F

Brouhaha International

1990 Liverpool UK N

Building and Wood Workers' International

BWI 2005 Carouge Switzerland B

Built Environment Professions in the Commonwealth

BEPIC 1997 Bristol UK G

Bureau gravimétrique international

BGI 1951 Toulouse France F

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels Belgium C

Bureau of Nordic Family Forestry

1996 Brussels Belgium E

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

Canopy

1999 Vancouver BC Canada G

Captain Planet Foundation

1991 Atlanta GA USA G f

Caretakers of the Environment International

CEI 1986 F

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 Marine Protected Areas Management Network

CaMPAM 1997 Marathon FL USA G

Caribbean Recycling Foundation

CRF 1994 Palm City FL USA N f

Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity

CARMABI 1955 Willemstad Curaçao G fj

Caribbean Youth Environment Network

CYEN 1992 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

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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