Gateways to, and providers of, knowledge and information

"Agroforestree" database of the International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)
The 'Agroforestree' database of the International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) is a species reference and selection guide for agroforestry trees. The main objective of the database is to provide detailed information on a number of species to field workers and researchers who are engaged in activities involving trees suitable for agroforestry systems and technologies. It is designed to help them make rational decisions regarding the choice of candidate species for defined purposes. Information for each species covers species identity, ecology and distribution, propagation and management, functional uses, pests and diseases and a bibliography.

ASEAN Review of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation (ARBEC)
Published quarterly in electronic form, the ASEAN Review of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation (ARBEC) is produced in association with the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation (IBEC) based at University Malaysia Sarawak. ARBEC seeks to publish critical reviews designed to enhance the knowledge on biodiversity and environmental conservation at all levels, from research methods, theory, applications and practice of environmental conservation and education.

BIOSIS is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster the growth, communication and use of biological knowledge for the common good. By accumulating the world's largest collection of abstracts and bibliographic references to worldwide biological and medical literature and organizing this information for easy access, BIOSIS provides vital sources of information for life scientists.

CAB International
CAB International is a leading global not-for-profit organization specializing in sustainable solutions for agricultural and environmental problems. In 2001, CAB International has 41 member countries. CABI publishes an abstracts database, abstract journals and CD-ROM products covering the world's forestry, forest products and agroforestry literature. The organization is also involved in development of innovative forestry information products and services, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of developing countries through the corporate Information for Development Program.

ELDIS is a gateway to information sources on development and the environment. The system offers an easy route to the latest information on development and environmental issues. All information on ELDIS is available free via the Internet. It provides an ever increasing number of descriptions and links to a variety of information sources, including library catalogues, bibliographies, online documents, map and newspaper collections, databases, Internet sites of organizations, email discussion lists, and research projects. Where there is no Internet link available, information on the availability of alternative media (e.g., databases, CD-ROMs) is given. ELDIS provides a data and database hosting service. Not least, ELDIS is a partner in a number of information initiatives.

Environment News Service (ENS)
The Environment News Service is a daily international wire service on the environment. ENS contributors around the world cover issues and events that affect the environment such as: legislation, politics, conferences, lawsuits, international agreements, demonstrations, science and technology, public health, air quality, drinking water, oceans and marine life, land use, wildlife, forests, natural disasters, the indoor environment, hazardous materials, toxics, nuclear issues, renewable energy, recycling, transportation, and environmental economics.Established in 1990, it is independently owned and operated, and is not affiliated with any business, industry, government or environmental group. is a forest conservation portal providing vast rainforest, forest and biodiversity conservation news and information over the Internet. The mission of is to contribute to ending deforestation, preserving old-growth forests, conserving all forests, maintaining climatic systems and commencing the age of ecological restoration.

Global Association of Online Foresters (GAOF)
The aim of the Global Association of Online Foresters is to increase the understanding of forestry by improving communication world-wide.The GAOF was formed by a group of people with an interest in forestry. The GAOF provides a forum for the exchange of information on current topics relating to forestry. Members communicate by e-mail and all members receive copies of correspondence either by return or as a digest. Services include information links, a helpline, assistance with careers including job searching and a register of consultants. The GAOF also helps members promote forestry in their respective countries by providing directories of e-mail addresses and web sites.

Grey Literature Library of the Forest Policy and Environment Group (FPEG) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
The Grey Literature Library of the Forest Policy and Environment Group (FPEG) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is a unique collection of papers reflecting the development of people-orientated forestry over the last 15 years. FPEG is embarking upon a new project to convert these documents, previously only available at the ODI library in London, into a freely accessible on-line resource.

MekongInfo is an interactive Internet-based system for sharing information and knowledge about natural resources management, with a focus on forestry, in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. The MekongInfo Web site contains six linked modules (Library, Reference, Case Studies, Announcements, Contacts) with Vietnamese, Khmer, Thai and English language versions. MekongInfo aims to support actors in the region to share their experiences, and to promote the emergence of sectoral information and knowledge networks.

Participatory Management Clearinghouse
The participatory management clearinghouse which was established in 2001, is an on-line service which pulls together and disseminates information on community-based, collaborative and indigenous peoples' management, facilitating a free exchange of experiences and perspectives from local practice to global debates. PMC documents have been classified thematically and regionally, and cover issues such as gender, equitable sharing, traditional knowledge, forests, wetlands, marine and protected areas. It also provides information on training, events, resources and links to related sites on participatory management and natural resources. It includes publications and grey literature that are difficult to find otherwise. The PMC is a collaborative venture between IUCN, RAMSAR and WWF.

People and Plants
People and Plants is an initiative in applied ethnobotany, focusing on the interface between people and the world of plants. It is a partnership of WWF and UNESCO. People and Plants promotes sustainable use of plant resources, and the reconciliation of conservation and development. The People and Plants Internet site is a gateway to information on practical ways of working with communities in applied ethnobotany. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is an Associate, supporting this and other information services of the program.

Sustainable Developments
Sustainable Developments is an Internet-based reporting service from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) that expands the services provided by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin to other meetings, such as conferences, workshops, symposia or regional meetings that would not be covered by the Bulletin. These initiatives are growing in scope and number and are providing increasingly important inputs into the policy-making process, and the outcomes of these important initiatives should be highlighted and made widely available to all interested parties. Sustainable Developments provides a timely, professional, high-quality reporting service for these meetings and disseminates the information extensively via the Internet.

United Nations System of Organizations Internet Site
This Web site serves as a portal to Web sites of the United Nations, its funds and programs, and specialized agencies. It also includes links to key projects and initiatives and to various joint programs of the UN System.

United Nations System Shared Cataloguing and Public Access System (UNCAPS)
The United Nations System Shared Cataloguing and Public Access System (UNCAPS) is the premier Web site which provides a Web interface to the electronic resources of the libraries of the UN system of organizations, and offers powerful search and retrieval functionality. UNCAPS provides a single point of access to library catalogs, indexes and abstract databases, library holdings, links to full-text resources, and archives.

World Commission on Protected Areas
The World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is the world's leading global network of protected area specialists.The IUCN Programme on Protected Areas (PPA) is the focal point within the IUCN Secretariat for Protected Areas and serves as the Secretariat for WCPA. WCPA's international mission is to promote the establishment and effective management of a world-wide representative network of terrestrial and marine protected areas, as an integral contribution to the IUCN mission.This section includes the list of publications and documents that the WCPA Steering Committee deems appropriate for this site.

World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC) of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
The World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC) provides information services on conservation and sustainable use of the world's living resources, and helps others to develop information systems of their own. The WCMC programs concentrate on species, forests, protected areas, marine and freshwaters; plus habitats affected by climate change such as polar regions. The Center also addresses the relationship between trade and the environment and the wider aspects of biodiversity assessment. WCMC was established in 2000 as the world biodiversity information and assessment center of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The Center's roots go back to 1979 when IUCN established a Cambridge office to monitor endangered species. In 1988 the independent, non-profit World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC) was founded jointly by IUCN, WWF and UNEP. The transition to UNEP received the full support of IUCN and WWF, as well as the political and financial backing of the UK government.