Other sources of NWPF internet information
(FAO is not responsible for the content of external sites)
• African Wildlife Foundation
UNESCO and cosmetics company L'Oréal have launched an online forum called AGORA to highlight and support women's contribution towards scientific progress. The partners already collaborate on a programme that awards annual prizes to female scientists on each continent. AGORA will focus on topics such as science education for women and girls, women of science and sustainable development, bioethics and diversity. The forum aims to strengthen ties among community members and to provide a space for discussing crucial issues facing the world. Each quarter, AGORA will publish a series of themed articles - the first is on women's and girls' access to scientific education and the next will focus on women's role in sustainable development.
• Alaska HoneyBee Home Page
AllAfrica Global Media is the leading provider of African news and information worldwide, through news feeds to institutional and agency clients and through allAfrica.com. They post more than 700 new stories daily from more than 100 African media organizations and from their own award-winning reporters.
• Alliance for Zero Extinction
The Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE), a global initiative of biodiversity conservation organizations, aims to prevent extinctions by identifying and safeguarding key sites where species are in imminent danger of disappearing. The goal of the Alliance is to create a frontline of defence against extinction by eliminating threats and restoring habitats to allow species populations to make a recovery.
Amazonlink.org, a Brazilian NGO based in the state of Acre, has developed a special section of its Web site focusing on local problems of biopiracy. The pages are available in Portuguese and English.
• Amazon conservation team
An interesting Web site covering all aspects of the Amazon.
• Amazon News list
Amazon News is a free weekly newsletter by Friends of the Earth - Brazilian Amazon, with a selection of news published by Brazilian media in the latest week and translated into English.
The site is an attempt to orient the surfer to the various "worlds" that exist in the Amazon.
• A Modern Herbal
The hypertext version of A Modern Herbal, first published in 1931, by Mrs. M. Grieve; it contains medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and economic properties, cultivation and folklore of herbs.
• Anamed (Action for Natural Medicine)
Anamed is a small independent NGO based in Germany that conducts training seminars in Natural Medicine. The seminars aim to equip both traditional healers and formal health workers in countries in Africa to use medicinal plants for health and healing.
A new search engine.
• Arab Net
This Web site provides access to numerous links and information and is the resource for the Arab world in the Near East and North Africa.
• Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux
• Australia's Fungimap
• Australian Bamboo Network
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• Bamboo Bambus Zhuzi
• Bees for Development
The Bees for Development Web site provides an insight into their work and activities. There is a possibility to download a complimentary copy of their journal.
• Best Practices on Indigenous Knowledge
Nuffic-CIRAN and UNESCO have just finished the publication 'Best practices on indigenous knowledge'. This co-product is a contribution to all those efforts to show how indigenous knowledge can be put to good use in development practice.
The full text is available at: www.unesco.org/most/bpikpub.htm
The complete descriptions of the selected best practices can be found at: www.unesco.org/most/bpikreg.htm
• BioAssess – The Biodiversity Assessment Tools Project
The Biodiversity Assessment Tools Projectis developing a tool box for assessing theimpacts of policies on biodiversity in Europe. In addition, the project is measuring the impact of land-use change on biodiversity across Europe’s biogeographic regions.
• Biodiversity and Intellectual property rights - BIO-IPR
BIO-IPR is an irregular listserver put out by Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN). Its purpose is to circulate information about recent developments in the field of intellectual property rights related to biodiversity and associated knowledge.
• Biodiversity Conservation Network
The Biodiversity Conservation Network (BCN), a component of the Biodiversity Support Program (BSP), is an innovative USAID-funded program working in the Asia/Pacific Region to provide grants for community-based enterprises that directly depend on biodiversity.
• Biodiversity hotspots
An informative Web site hosted by Conservation International.
• Biodiversity Rights Legislation (BRL)
GRAIN has just revamped the Biodiversity Rights Legislation (BRL) section of its Web site. The BRL is a full-text online database of laws and agreements defining rights over biodiversity in developing countries.
• Biodiversity Support Program
This new resource offers visitors quick access to an overview of BSP's many projects, both regional and cross-cutting. An electronic library of reports, books, brochures and other publications is also available.
Blogging underutilized species This is an information exchange tool that complements the Global Facilitation Unit (GFU) for Underutilized Species portal. We hope this will stimulate further thought, learning and discussion. A link can befound from GFU’s home page.
• Boreal Forest Research Network
Canada's Yukon Territory's comprehensive Web site for forestry information.
A group of scientists has initiated an international effort called BorNet to strengthen the scientific basis for maintaining boreal forest biodiversity. BorNet aims to: understand the human footprint on the boreal; inform the setting of nature conservation targets; find indicator species; analyse habitat loss; and enhance communication between scientists and foresters.
The Bugwood Network has more than 11 000 images and photographs of insect pests, invasive organisms, weeds, IPM images and other forestry images available online.
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• Cancer Plants
This Web site is for those who are interested in sustainability of the world’s natural medicine chest.
Job board for the academic and research community.
• Caucasus Environmental NGO Network
The Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) is a voluntary effort of more than 6 000 members to foster regional cooperation by improving communication among environmental organizations in the Caucasus hotspot. Visitors to its Web site can subscribe to free daily news and monthly bulletins and find links to environmental organizations throughout the region.
• Celebrating wildflowers
• Center for Plant Conservation
Comprehensive information about the United States’ native, imperilled plants.
• Centre for Non-Timber Resources, Royal Roads University, British Columbia, Canada
The Centre manages the NTFP bibliography developed by the Institute for Culture and Ecology (IFCAE) and has a large collection of reports, publications and other resources on NTFPs in Canada and the United States.
• Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE)
• CERPA (Centre for Research, Planning and Action)
Information on medicinal plants and herbs.
• Certified Forest Products Council (CFPC)
CFPC's mission is to conserve, protect and restore the world's forests by promoting responsible forest product buying practices throughout North America.
• Certified Wood Products
The purpose of this site is to act primarily as a clearinghouse for information on the certified forest products marketplace and certification, with a secondary emphasis on issues surrounding sustainable forest management and sustainability in general.
• Chestnut links
Contains many links to various aspects of chestnuts.
• Chile Forestal Negocios
• CIDA Forestry Advisers Network
The CIDA Forestry Advisers Network (CFAN) has recently posted a new presentation on its Web site - Kids' Corner. This Internet presentation is intended to give students information on tropical forests, why they are important, what can be done to help save them and what the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has been doing to help change things.
Le Réseau de conseillers forestiers de l'ACDI a récemment placé une nouvelle publication sur son site Internet - Le coin des enfants. Cette présentation Internet a pour objet de renseigner l'étudiant sur les forêts tropicales, d'expliquer leur importance, de dire comment on peut contribuer à les sauvegarder et de décrire les mesures prises par l'Agence canadienne de développement international (ACDI) pour changer l'état des choses.
La Red de asesores forestales de la Agencia Canadiense para el Desarrollo Internacional ha renovado "La esquina de los niños" en su sitio Web. Con esta rúbrica de Internet se pretende informar a los estudiantes acerca de los bosques tropicales, su importancia, las medidas que se pueden tomar para salvarlos, y la labor que la Agencia Canadiense para el Desarrollo Internacional ha realizado para mejorar la situación de dichos bosques.
• Climate ark climate change and global warming portal • Cloud forests
Launched by Strybing Arboretum, this is an educational site filled with interesting images, resources and information.
• COMFORPTS database
COMFORPTS has recorded 4 100 species in its database. The database provides detailed information on 70 parameters, such as morphology, phenology, cultivation details, harvesting, post-harvest processing, silviculture requirements and characteristics, types of forest import-export statistics, policy and legal issues and pests and diseases. With the help of this database, users can retrieve exhaustive information on any NTFP-related species based on these parameters.
• Community-Based Natural Resource Management Network (CBNRM Net)
• Community Forestry Resource Center (CFRC)
The cfc-news listserve highlights events, activities and resources for individuals and groups interested in independent third-party certification of family forests and wood.
www.forestrycenter.org or www.mnforestcertification.org
• Connecticut ferns
• Cost E30
An interesting Web site that includes information on NTFPs in Europe.
• COVOL Uganda
The shea butter project.
• CP Wild – Commercial Products from the Wild
Research on indigenous plant domestication and commercialization in southern Africa.
This Web site aims at providing an information service to people and organizations involved in natural product domestication and commercialization.
Cropwatch is an independent watch dog for endangered and vulnerable natural aromatic products used in the aroma (perfumes, flavours, aromatherapy, cosmetics), herbal, traditional medicine and phytochemical industries. Information provided to Cropwatch is forwarded by a number of academics, researchers, industry professionals, trade and ethni cpeoples, all of whom have primary concerns for the environment.
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• Earth from the Air
• EcoEarth.info environment portal
EcoEarth.info (formerly Eco-Portal) is an environmental portal that has been operational since 1999. The search engine is the largest online environment search index in existence.
• The Eco-Index
The Eco-Index, an online database of conservation projects in the Americas created by the Rainforest Alliance, now features more than 1 000 projects in English and Spanish.
• Ecotourism Society
• EEA multilingual environmental glossary
• Environmental updates
Fortnightly bulletins of brief international and Australian environmental news items, compiled by the Big Scrub Environment Centre, based in Lismore, Australia.
This page of the Indian Institute of Forest Management's Web site provides a number of useful links on indigenous knowledge in forestry. It also carries a section of links on environmental ethics that points to information on ecological attitudes within different local communities and systems of thinking.
• Exploring Urban Non-Timber Forest Products
The hidden nutritional, economic, cultural, and educational resources of the urban environment.
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• Fantastic Forest by National Geographic.
• Finnish forests
This site is a gateway to Finnish forests and the forest sector and highlights the importance of forests for Finland.
• Flora Celtica
• Focus on Forests
• ForCons Co.
Ecotourism in Hungary.
• Forest biometry, modelling and information sciences (FBMIS)
FBMIS is a peer-reviewed Internet journal which provides free access to original research and review articles.
• ForestHarvest – NTFP in Scotland, United Kingdom
• Forest Health and Silviculture Images
More than 3 500 images of more than 800 insects, diseases, plants, wildlife and management practices taken by over 150 photographers are now available online.
• Forest Policy and Environment Group's new Web site
The Overseas Development Institute's (ODI) Forest Policy and Environment Group's (FPEG) new Web site contains a wealth of information on forestry-related issues. It includes the latest research papers by FPEG Research Fellows, as well as a searchable database of all of FPEG's Rural Development Forestry Network (RDFN) papers, which are published in English, French and Spanish.
The site is still expanding, and will soon provide access to much of the ODI library's forestry grey literature collection. Together, the RDFN papers and the grey literature archive represent a vast store of information on the social and economic aspects of forestry in the last 15 years. The materials chart the development of people-oriented forestry from both the donor and the host country perspective, combining project-level experience and policy-level insights in all regions of the world (but with a clear focus on developing countries).
The Web site also has an extensive links section with descriptions of many of the Internet's most important forestry Web sites, as well as an on-line noticeboard.
• Forest protection in south Finland
Forests in southern Finland (south of Lapland) are extensively used. They are popular for recreation and contain a large part of the country's forest biodiversity. They are also so intensively logged for industrial use that the current wave of species extinctions is not slowing down. Forest conservation measures in southern Finland are now extremely important. This Web site is about forest conservation, especially in south Finland. Here you can become acquainted with some of the most important unprotected forests and appeal for their future. You can also follow the progress of the Finnish National Forest Conservation Initiative for Southern Finland (METSO) from an ecological perspective.
This new Web site contains comprehensive coverage of the world's scientific literature in forestry and related disciplines - dating back to 1939. The ForestScience.info database contains more than 600 000 research summaries, with more than 20 000 new additions each year.
• Forestry sector of southern Africa
The SADC Forestry Sector Technical Coordination Unit announces their new Web site for the forestry sector of southern Africa. The site covers the mandate of the FSTCU within SADC, the SADC forestry programme, policy papers, newsletters, regional database, forestry library, links, and more.
• Forest Trends
The mission of Forest Trends is to maintain and restore forest ecosystems by promoting incentives that diversify trade in the forest sector, moving beyond exclusive focus on lumber and fiber to a broader range of products and services.
• Forestry abstracts
• Forestry and Society Newsletter
• Forestry Images
A joint venture by the US Forest Service and the University of Georgia, Forestry Images holds nearly 4 500 colour JPEG images of forest plants, insects, silvicultural practices, invasive organisms, and general natural scenes.
• Forestry Nepal
Contains information on forest and non-wood forest resources of Nepal.
ForestryUSA.com is a comprehensive source of information on American forestry and forest products sectors.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development, providers of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, in collaboration with the secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests, has created a new e-mail list for news and announcements related to forest policy issues. To sign up to Forests-L, go to:
• Forêts & Dérivés
The FRAME Web site is not only a library of technical reports and country data, but also a gateway to other databases and mechanisms. It facilitates the use of up-to-date information by environment and natural resource management professionals in Africa and encompasses: a Web gateway to analytical tools and information, mechanisms to share lessons and experiences, a Contact Group and networks of experts, and linkages to enhance collaboration among partners. Funding for FRAME is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Africa Office of Sustainable Development.
• Free Searchable Non Timber Forest Product Bibliography Online
The web based international bibliographic database on NTFPs is a free, non-profit venture and is now online with over 1 300 entries. The database editorial committee is actively seeking authors to write critical reviews and abstracts for records. Details are on the Web site. Additionally, the editorial committee would like to know of any published materials on NTFPs not currently in the database.
The majority of records are currently in English because start-up funds originated from the U.S. National Assessment on Non-Timber Forest Products. However, the database reflects the fact that the majority of written material on NTFPs has occurred internationally. Options for expanding the database to include non-English publications pertaining to NTFPs are currently being explored. One challenge is to establish a multi-lingual oversight committee. www.ifcae.org/cgibin/ntfp/db/dbsql/db.cgi?db=bib&uid=default
• FSC database
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificates are now listed on the Internet via a new database developed by the Certified Forest Product Council in the United States. North American product information is already available and in the future the database will also include information on Europe.
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• Gender and Sustainable Development Resource Directory
This database places a focus on resources produced in the global South. Subjects include Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Environment and Health.
This World Bank site summarizes knowledge and experience, provides gender statistics, and facilitates discussion on gender and development.
• Global association of online foresters
• Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
The new GBIF data portal is an Internet gateway to more than 130 million data records provided by 200-plus institutions scattered over more than 30 countries around the world.
• Global Trees Campaign
A Global Tree Conservation Atlas will be one of the main outputs of the Global Trees Campaign. The Campaign is a partnership between Fauna & Flora International and UNEP-WCMC.
• Glossary of Biodiversity Terms
• Geographic Aspects of Inequality and Poverty
• Greek Biotope Wetland Centre (EKBY)
• Green Nature
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• Herb Data New Zealand
The art and science of herbal medicines.
• Herb Research Foundation
A source of science-based information on the health benefits and safety of herbs that contains more than 300 000 scientific articles.
• Herbs from nature
• Honey health
This newly launched Web site extols the various health benefits of natural honey, detailing its nutritive values and exploring its role as a primary food in traditional diets.
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Idealist.org is a portal for everyone interested in non-profit organizations and issues, non-profit careers, and volunteering. Idealist provides numerous services to the global community (almost all of them free of charge) in an effort to connect people, resources and non-profits around the world.
• INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications)
INASP is a cooperative network of partners aiming to improve worldwide access to information.
• Indian herbs and insect images
Over 10 000 photographs of herbs and insects taken during ethnobotanical surveys in different parts of the Indian state Chhattisgarh are online at:
• Indigenous Knowledge (IK)
This site was created and is maintained by the Centre for International Research and Advisory Networks (CIRAN) and aims to facilitate and improve the exchange of information within the International IK Network. CIRAN also provides the IK network with a journal and newsletter, the Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor, which is also available online
• Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor
This newsletter focuses on the exchange of information on indigenous knowledge as it contributes to sustainable development. The monitor is published three times year and each issue contains three to six articles on the latest developments in various disciplines of IK research and practice.
• Institute for Culture and Ecology (IFCAE)
• Institute for Development Studies, Sabah, Malaysia
• Instrumentos institucionales para el desarrollo de dueños de pequeñas tierras forestales
Este sitio presenta los resultados de un estudio que revisó las experiencias de integración horizontal y vertical que involucran dueños de pequeñas tierras forestales en el Brasil, Chile, Honduras, México y Nicaragua, y que adecuó instrumentos y metodologías disponibles en la literatura aplicable a la integración.
• International Alliance Against Hunger
• International Centre for Underutilised Crops (ICUC)
• International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
IPDEV is an EU research project, led by Chatham House in the United Kingdom, to assess the impact of intellectual property rights rules on economic growth, environmental protection and social goals.
• IUFRO Non-Wood Forest Products News
The inaugural issue of the IUFRO Non-Wood Forest Products newsletter can be found on the IUFRO Web site:
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• Khadi and Village Industries Commission of India
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• Lady forester
• Lasting Forests
This site is devoted to improving rural, wildland, and natural resource management by providing useful information, concepts and ideas, as well as links for students, practitioners and landowners.
• Learning for Sustainability (LfS)
This Web site aims to provide a practical resource for proponents of multistakeholder learning processes. It recognizes that social learning is an ongoing process that underpins health and other sustainable development initiatives, rather than an outcome to be achieved.
• Linkages Journal
Prepared by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), this journal includes special features, reports on recent meetings on environment and development issues, an extensive list of upcoming meetings as well as summaries of recent academic articles, books and publications.
• London wildweb
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• Macrofungi of Costa Rica
• Madagascar – fantastic forests
• Mapping the changing forests of Africa
• Medicinal Plant Specialist Group (MPSG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission
This site includes recent issues of the MPSG newsletter, Medicinal Plant Conservation.
• “Medicinal Plant Working Group” – Green Medicine
• Megadiverse – “The biologically richest countries in the world”
The Link-Minded Group of Megadiverse Countries – Bolivia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa and Venezuela – operate a Web site about the group’s work. The site is available In Spanish and English.
• Mekong world
All the latest information on tropical forest resources and environmental management in the Mekong region (Myanmar, China [Yunnan], Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand and Viet Nam).
A regional information system on participatory natural resource management. The system is designed to provide a truly interactive platform to exchange and retrieve information and codified knowledge.
• Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (MBC)
• Mexican Network of Medicinal Plants
Please visit the very informative Web site (in Spanish) of the Mexican Network of Medicinal Plants (Red Mexicana de Plantas Medicinales). The Network has many activities and promotes the ecological conservation and sustainable management of medicinal plants.
• Midwest Special Forest Products
• Mountain voices
An online archive of in-depth interviews with mountain people around the world.
• M.P. State Minor Forest Produce (Trading and Development) Cooperative Federation, India
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• New Euroforest portal
The European Forest Institute (EFI) has launched this new information service.The portal aims to meet demands for better access to current information on European forests and forestry in an easily accessible and user-friendly form. It alsocontains a news section and a metadatabase of Web resources – Webpages of organizations, networks, information providers, databases and selected major reports.
• New search engine
This agricultural search engine (not a directory site) has more than 300 000 Web pages.
• New US non-timber forest product database
This database currently lists 857 commercial and non-commercial non-timber forest product species and is intended to help in the identification, development and conservation of NTFP species. You can search by scientific name, common names, product use, parts used, state range and distribution, and whether or not it is known to be commercially harvested.
• Non-Timber Forest Products
(maintained by the Institute for Culture and Ecology [IFCAE], USA)
• Non-timber forest products in Scotland
• NTFP Project in Viet Nam
The Sustainable Utilization of Non Timber Forest Products Project Viet Nam, based in the Non Timber Forest Products Research Centre, Hanoi and supported by IUCN, has a new Web site.
• NWFP North America initiative
An initiative is under way in North America to get non-timber forest products more integrated into forest research and management institutions. A NTFP listserve has been started to serve as a forum to exchange information concerning these products. To join, please visit:
• North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA)
• Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA)
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• Palm and Palm-Related Links
• Partenariat pour les Forêts du Bassin du Congo (PFBC)
• Participatory Natural Resource Management (PNRM)
• People and Plants Initiative (ethnobotany, conservation and community development)
The People and Plants Initiative carries out applied research projects, community workshops, exchanges and training courses with young ethnobotanists from developing countries who are interested in conservation and community development. In order to disseminate results and information, it produces videos and publications, including methods manuals, working papers and the People and Plants Handbook. The initiative was created by WWF International, UNESCO and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1992. The new design of People and Plants Online, the Web site of the People and Plants Initiative, has just been completed.
• Philippine Plant Specialist Group
• Planet Ark
Provides access to information sources such as Reuters Daily Environmental News and Reuters Environmental News Picture, ABC World Environmental News, and educational software about the environment.
• PLANTS database
The PLANTS database is maintained by the United States Department of Agriculture National Resources Conservation Service and provides information and generates reports in specialized areas. It provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts and lichens of the United States and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, plant links, references, crop information and automated tools.
• Plants for a future
This project, based in the United Kingdom, seeks to gather together and disseminate information on the many useful properties of plants, particularly rare and unusual plants that have medicinal, edible or other uses. The project practises vegan-organic permaculture with emphasis on creating an ecologically sustainable environment and perennial plants. It maintains a database of over 7 000 plant species.
• Policy and law forum
• Poverty and conservation.info
The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) is a forum for facilitating mutual learning between key stakeholders, from a range of backgrounds, on conservation-poverty linkages.
• ProFound - Advisers in Development
• Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree (PLT), an award-winning, interdisciplinary environmental education programme for educators working with students in pre-kindergarten to grade 12, helps students gain awareness and knowledge of the natural and built environment, their place in it and their responsibility for it. This programme is administered nationally by the American Forest Foundation and cosponsored by the Council for Environmental Education; it is one of the most widely used environmental education programmes in the United States as well as in other countries.
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• Rain forest educational resource
Mongabay.com, a leading tropical rainforest information Web site, has now made available a rain forest educational resource in 19 languages. The site explains what constitutes a tropical rain forest, why they are important, why they are threatened and how they can be saved.
• Rain forests of the world
• Rain forest portal
The portal provides rain forest action, news, search and analysis capabilities.
• RAinforest REport (RARE)
RARE, a quarterly e-zine, packed with exciting rain forest news, reviews, expedition updates and student research opportunities.
• Rangelands of Pakistan
This site provides insight of rangeland resources, scale of enterprise, stocking rates and degradation problems in Pakistan.
• Red chilena del bambu
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• Sacred Earth Newsletter
The Sacred Earth Newletter is a free Ezine which aims at a six-weekly publication cycle. It contains articles, news and reviews on all things herbal and/or ethnobotanical.
• SAMPDA (Samagra Adivasi Medicinal Plants Development Association)
Herbal research, extension and education.
• SciDev.Net free database of image archives
• Science in Africa
Africa's first online science magazine. Ii includes a section on medicinal plants and indigenous knowledge.
A search engine for scientific information.
Sistema de información de la diversidad biológica y ambiental de la Amazonía Peruana
Se trata de una red que ofrece amplios recursos informativos científicos y divulgativos, así como medios de comunicación para las personas y organizaciones interesadas en el conocimiento, la conservación y el uso sostenible de la biodiversidad amazónica del Perú. Permite consultar y registrar en línea conferencias, publicaciones, así como datos de profesionales, instituciones y proyectos relacionados a la Amazonía andina. También ofrece herramientas de información para compartirlas con otros sitios web.
• Small Grants Programme for Operations to Promote Tropical Forests in Southeast Asia (SGP PTF)
The SGP PTF aims to enable civil society organizations to implement forest-related projects in nine Asian countries, including the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Ii includes details on recent calls for proposals and application guidelines.
• Small enterprise development Web sites
• Special Forest Products Web site
This Web site is a cooperative effort by the Center for Forest Products Marketing and Management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
• Species conservation database (WISIA)
The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN) has recently launched a searchable database which holds information on the national and international protection status of more than 10 000 animal and plant species. This Internet tool presents, for the first time, a synoptic view of the diverse field of species conservation legislation. A permanent update of data is guaranteed by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz) as soon as one of the relevant species conservation regularizations is amended.
• Strengthening Global Partnerships to Advance Sustainable Development of Non-Wood Forest Products
(side event at the XII World Forestry Congress)
• Success Stories of Sustainable Forestry
The United States Development Agency (USDA), in cooperation with the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, has just launched an interactive Web site that will collect and make available Success Stories of Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry and Community Development activities and projects, both domestic and international (with US partnerships).
• Sustainability Web Site
The site offers hundreds of searchable resources to help communities, businesses, educators, researchers, policy-makers, environmental managers, legislators and households make better decisions. This site also serves as an excellent electronic reference in high school and college classrooms where students are encouraged to learn how science, society and economics, as well as ethics and morality, influence our multidimensional lives.
The hundreds of information pages include discussions on population, climate, energy, natural resource use, coastal planning and management, human nature linkages, biodiversity, watershed protection, technology, sustainable agriculture, safe water supplies, waste management, community development, transportation, green building, economic revitalization, consumerism, sustainable cities, international security, politics, smart rural development, education, family relations, human values, etc.
Part of the Five E's Web site's purpose is to offer the public service of circulating and promoting the most current ideas, tools, and success stories involving people, places, and organizations attempting to achieve sustainability.
• Sustainable Development Networking Programme, India (SDNP-India)
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada in collaboration of Ministry of Environment and Forests (India) has launched the portal site of Sustainable Development Networking Programme, India (SDNP-India).
SDNP-India aims to facilitate the process of sustainable development, promote good practices and strengthen the democratic processes through a mechanism of information exchange between the government and research organizations, non-governmental organizations, business establishments and the civil society over the electronic and hybrid media.
The Internet site provides access to a host of on-line databases, environmental legislation, case studies, publications, news clippings and electronic discussion groups on these issues. A database of international organizations working on sustainable development issues is being maintained on the Internet site and has been indexed according to subject area. The links section of the site provides a gateway to more than 1 500 other sites concerning environment and sustainable development.
Information on Environment and Sustainable Development is also available in local Indian languages, so as to enhance the reach of the programme.
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• Techno Tree Biology Dictionary
• The Biotrade Initiative
The Biotrade Initiative was launched by UNCTAD.
• The ginseng page
• The Global Plant Checklist Project
• The Green Corridor Project
• The Guiana Shield Initiative (GSI)
• The human footprint dataset
• The “man of the trees”
This site is dedicated to the work of Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889–1982).
• The PLANTS Database
The PLANTS Database is a single source of standardized information about plants and focuses on vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts and lichens of the United States and its territories.
• The size of our world
• TREE CABWeb
This is a new service from CAB International (CABI) providing Internet access to the three CABI forestry journals - Forestry Abstracts, Agroforestry Abstracts and Forest Products Abstracts - at no additional charge to members of organizations which are current subscribers to those journals.
Trio is the electronic newsletter of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NACEC) and is available on line at:
Through its stories, told by a variety of voices from the NACEC community, you will learn of the cooperative efforts among people and organizations in Canada, Mexico and the United States in the protection of their shared North American environment.
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• United Nations Forum on Forests
• Universities Worldwide
This site includes hotlines to 6 287 universities in 169 countries. Universities not included in the listing can be added.
• UN Commission on Sustainable Development
This includes a vast amount of country information on forests, based on country reports to CSD.
• UN/ECE Timber Committee
This site also provides a list of UN/ECE publications.
• USDA Forest Service International Programs' latest highlights - available online
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• Venerable trees of the earth
• Village soap makers
• "Voices from the Forest"
Bulletin of the NTFP Exchange Programme in Southeast Asia. The exchange programme, and the bulletin more in particular, aims to provide a platform for sharing forest community-based NTFP ideas and concerns, mainly through practical information and cases.
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Wikiwords is a collaborative project to create a dictionary of all terms in all languages with definitions and example sentences. Wikiwords was derived from the ProZ.com KudoZ open glossary.
• Wild Canada
Wildcanada.net is pioneering innovative ways to protect Canada's wildlands and wildlife.
• Wilderness survival
WildFinder is a map-driven, searchable database of more than 26 000 species worldwide, with a powerful search tool that allows users to discover where species live or explore wild places to find out what species live there. Containing information on birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, WildFinder is a valuable resource for scientists, students, educators, travellers, birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.
Woodnet is the online home for all involved in the Forest and Wood products industry.
• World bamboo blogspot
• World Rainforest Movement - Movimiento Mundial Por Los Bosques
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• Xpeditions (National Geographic)
Maps for printing and copying.
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• Yummy bugs
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