Conservation: Internet links

A very large number of sites, devoted to conservation, can be found on the Internet, and their number appears to be growing rapidly. Everyone appears to be on the bandwagon, but very few sites provide good educational information.

Link pages: links to conservation web sites.
www.ecocities.net/Conservation_Organisations.htm : good links to interesting organisations.

Environment Australia (www.ea.gov.au) brings all of Australia's conservation efforts for land & sea together. Site index.
State of the Environment Report 2001: Coasts and oceans of Australia.
www.nrel.colostate.edu/IBOY/: International Biodiversity Observation Year is a window in time to explore the richness of life on Earth and its contribution to ecosystems and societies: a gift and a challenge to the new millennium.
Global Programme of Action (GPA) for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities.
CREO: Committee on Recently Extinct Organisms of the American Museum on Natural History (AMNH); Fosters an improved understanding of species' extinctions that have occurred in recent times, since 1500. CREO has developed standardized criteria based on taxonomy, for analyzing extinctions that can be applied across diverse taxonomic groups. It also maintains a reliable public database of extinct animals and plants.
BEN: Biodiversity Education Network, an initiative of the World Wildlife Organisation (WWF). Enhances biodiversity awareness and education through collaboration, networking, communication, and capacity building.  By bringing talented partners together, BEN serves as a clearinghouse for information and expertise and provides a forum for discussion and action.
CITES CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
LTER: Long-Term Ecological Research, established by the National Research Foundation (NFR)  is a collaborative effort involving more than 1100 scientists and students investigating ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales. The Network promotes synthesis and comparative research across sites and ecosystems and among other related national and international research programs.
VSB Virtual School of Biodiversity (University of Nottingham, UK) on the web:  links to various ecology resources.
Vancouver Sun extensive articles on Canada: www.vancouversun.com/fateofthestrait/ahead.html
MCBI Marine Conservation Biology Institute: was established in 1996 in response to the increasing worldwide loss of marine biodiversity by marine and forest conservation biologist Elliott Norse. To advance the multidisciplinary science of marine conservation biology to generate and disseminate information about marine biodiversity issues to promote alliances for protecting, restoring, and sustainably using the oceans and the life they support.
BIN21 Biodiversity Information Network of the California State University, makes information on biodiversity readily and universally accessible through a global and interdisciplinary network.
CMC Center for Marine Conservation: a coalition of concerned scientists from many disciplines, writing discussion documents on the Web. Challenging and mind-stimulating. A bi-annual magazine published on this site.
WCMC www.unep-wcmc.org/: UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world, concentrating on species, forests, protected areas, marine and freshwaters; plus habitats affected by climate change such as polar regions. Also addressing the relationship between trade and the environment and the wider aspects of biodiversity assessment. WCMC was ounded jointly by IUCN, WWF and UNEP. Databases of heritage parks.
Resilience Alliance: a division of CMC, creating think-tanks and seminars to promote innovative thinking about the complexity of the environment. Reports published on this site.
EDF Environmental Defense Fund: links science, economics, and law to create innovative, equitable, and cost-effective solutions to the most urgent environmental problems, already since 1967. With its important contacts, EDF provides the support needed to make local initiatives in conservation a success.
NRDC National Resources Defense Council, aims to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends, while working to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life, defending endangered natural places, and promoting equity and fairness. Click on their site map for quick access.
NAS National Audubon Society conserves and restores natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity, already since 1905. Living Oceans is their marine conservation program, using science-based policy analysis, education, and grassroots advocacy to put science to work on behalf of marine fish and ocean ecosystems ... because fish are wildlife, too.
WCS Wildlife Conservation Society of the Bronx Zoo (New York) aims to save wildlife and wild lands throughout the world, by combining the resources of wildlife parks with field projects around the globe to inspire care for nature, while providing leadership in environmental education, thus helping sustain our planet's biological diversity.
NMFS/NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service aims to rebuild and maintain sustainable fisheries; promote the recovery of protected species; protect and maintain the health of coastal marine habitats. Success stories of fisheries management.
CNIE The National Council for Science and the Environment:
HWRF Hawaii Whale Research Foundation: promotes, conducts and coordinates original research on marine mammals; Disseminates the results of these studies through published reports, public service seminars and presentations in other educational settings, and serves as a public resource of information on marine mammal behavior and federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines concerning human activity affecting marine mammals. Whale links.
Biodiversity links (www.biosis.org) hundreds of links relevant to biodiversity, world-wide.
MESA Marine Education Society of Australasia: to inspire primary school teachers and community educators to plan and provide marine education. It presents themes, activities and education materials for young learners about the marine and coastal environments. Includes Keith Davey's photographs and guide to the seashore. Coastal and marine studies workshop manual.
Environment Australia: To protect and conserve the environment; to provide meteoroglogical data, sience and services for the general public; to advance Australia's interests in Antarctica. More specifically: EnviroNET, Sustainable Development, Environmental Education, Great Barrier Reef, Greenhouse Issues, Natural Resource Management, Oceans Policy, State of the Environment.
UCSUSA Union of Concerned Scientists USA. Achieving practical environmental solutions by  combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development and effective citizen advocacy.  Site map.
SAC UK Marine Special Areas Conservation. Various reports on dynamics, sensitivity and features of marine biotopes (in PDF), and human impacts on marine features.
EHSNI  Environment and Heritage Service Northern Ireland: to protect and conserve the natural and built environment and to promote its appreciation for the benefit of present and future generations.
NAML National Association of Marine Laboratories: Access to all US marine laboratories, split by area, North- South- and West- AMLs. Marine science courses. Promoting networking and co-operation between laboratories.
FAO U N Food & Agricultural Organisation statistical database. Submit your query and get an answer.
MSC: The Marine Stewardship Council, founded in 1997 by Unilever and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is concerned about the eco-system effects of overfishing. It now certifies fisheries which are well managed and sustainable by an ISO-4000 like process for accountability.
SeaWeb:  a project designed to raise awareness of the world ocean and the life within it. The ocean plays a critical role in our everyday life and in the future of our planet. Extensive links to ocean resources.
Natureserve http://www.natureserve.org/: The Association for Biodiversity Information (ABI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and providing information about the world's plants, animals, and ecological communities. Provides information on up to 50,000 plants and animals in the US and Canada - an on-line encyclopedia of life.
UN WSSD - World Summit on Sustainable Development (www.johannesburgsummit.org/): progress in implementing sustainable development has been extremely disappointing since the 1992 Earth Summit, with poverty deepening and environmental degradation worsening. What the world wanted, the General Assembly said, was not a new philosophical or political debate but rather, a summit of actions and results.

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