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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geograpy, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)


The Alaska Institute for Sustainable Recreation and Tourism, Juneau AK cm96. (Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association, P.O. Box 22827, Juneau, Alaska 99802-2827 (907) 463-3038 - FAX: (907) 463-3280 awrta@alaska.net ) "The Alaska Institute for Sustainable Recreation and Tourism (AISRT) funds research and educational projects that support sustainable use of Alaska's natural resources by the tourism industry and recreation users."

Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Arkville NY cs97 ..(Route 28, Arkville, NY, 12406 . tel:(914) 586-2611 fax:914-586-3044 mailto:cccd@catskillcenter.org GIS contact: Helen Budrock ) "The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development is a member-supported, not-for-profit regional conservation and advocacy organization serving the six-county Catskill Mountain region of New York State. The Catskill Center advocates environmental quality, encourages economic and cultural development, assists in environmental planning, and works to build a strong constituency for the protection of the irreplaceable resources of the Catskills." After receiving their CTSP software grant, they got $26,000 from a local foundation to buy hardware and build their GIS lab. GIS STATUS 10-99: "In all, we obtained approximately 50 data coverages/themes (many, many more if you count by individual county, topographic quad, or other unit area). Many of these coverages we further selected, clipped, merged, or otherwise refined to fit our area of interest....A significant amount of time was spent organizing the data into various files, and then setting it up in useful ways in the GIS. General views were made for statewide data, Catskill regional data, data by Catskill county, NYC Watershed data, Catskill Forest Preserve data, demographic data, etc....The first significant GIS application to be worked on, was the creation of digital maps for our "Virtual Farmer's Market" web site project. The Virtual Farmer's Market is an Internet site designed to increase people's awareness of Catskill agriculture, and help provide an outlet and increase the market for farm products in the region. Farms throughout the Catskills volunteered to have information about their farms listed in the database and advertised on the site. The GIS was used to create county-by-county maps of participating farm locations. The maps were labeled with prominent villages and roads, and were made as aesthetically appealing as possible for display on the Internet....Eventually we also want to create an "electronic atlas" of the region which will be available on the Internet." Among their other PROGRAMS are Environmental Education, Streamwatch, Watershed Youth Summit, Land and Water Conservation: "identify, monitor, and respond to environmental issues pertaining to the Catskill region, and to take pro-active steps toward the preservation of naturally sensitive, ecologically important, or aesthetically or recreationally critical lands and waters in the Catskill region. " Community Outreach & Planning Assistance Program : "We recently created a hands-on program of technical assistance to community residents interested in making a difference in the future of their communities. Dubbed the Community Empowerment Initiative, this grass roots pilot project leads residents through a facilitated planning process that includes leadership development training, community visioning, and the creation and implementation of local projects geared toward community revitalization. "

The Earth Council, Costa Rica . (Secretariat: San José, Costa Rica Executive Director: Maximo Kalaw email:earthnet@terra.ecouncil.ac.cr . See also: Earth Council Institute—Canada (Hosted by IISD) 255 Consumer's Road, Suite 401 North York, Ontario, Canada M2J 5B6 Telephone: 1 (416) 498-3150 Fax: 1 (416) 498-7296) "In Rio, both governments and citizens elaborated a framework for guiding the world community towards a more secure, sustainable and equitable future. In the final analysis, however, the results of the Earth Summit will depend on what governments do to follow-up and carry out its agreements, with the active participation of civil society. The Earth Council was established to support and lend impetus to this process, as part of its broader objective of ‘Making Sustainability Work'. "

Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC), Me e99 . (One Cumberland Place, Suite 300, Bangor, ME, 04401 GIS Contact: John Holden, Community Economic Development Specialist, Data Center & GIS Manager, tel:207-942-6389 email:jholden@emdc.org ) "Our role, as a nonprofit regional planning and development agency, is to help deliver GIS technology to the communities and businesses we serve....As a result of our recent proactive GIS activity, we are getting a lot of interest in using GIS in local communities, particularly in our coastal areas. We are proposing to initiate a participatory GIS (PPGIS) program in our coastal communities. The focus of this PPGIS will be to work with local fishers, marine scientists, and marine regulators to identify the most suitable locations for marine aquaculture activity. More generally, we are getting much more interest in help communities who do not have GIS to prepare GIS products to help with their local land use planning (e.g., shoreland zoning) "

Ecologically Sustainable Development, Elizabethtown NY cm96 .(P.O. Box 848, 2 Church St., ELIZABETHTOWN, NY 12932 tel:518-873-3200 Fax:518-873-2686 Email:esd@igc.org . or . adkdan@igc.org . Robert C. Glennon, CEO . GIS Contact: Daniel Plumley ) "ESD has headed specific demonstration sustainable development projects in Russia funded by the United States Agency for International Development. These include: model regional sustainable development for a wildlife refuge; community redevelopment for ecotourism; sustainable forest management and manufacturing; model farms based on sustainable agriculture; historic district redevelopment; model sustainable development for a natural anthropological reserve; model sustainable development combining anthropological, park and wildlife resources; and technical assistance to implement the Comprehensive Program of Land Use Policies of the Lake Baikal Region through institution building....ESD's original goal for the start-up GIS program was to bring equipment and software in-house in order to be able to perform GIS analysis in the United States complementary to our overseas pilot GIS programs in the Lake Baikal region. Development of in-house GIS capability in the United States would also benefit ESD's sustainable development work in northeast China (the Chinese portion of the Ussuri drainage), Lake Hovsgol and northern Mongolia (the Mongolian portion of the Lake Baikal drainage), as well as potential projects in Nicaragua and elsewhere....In July 1996, using GIS compact disk ARCINFO and ArcView data derived from ESD program work in the Baikal region (readable, presented and reviewed by ESD staff on the CTSP Grant equipment), ESD and the Buryat Regional Department on Lake Baikal presented our joint GIS land use planning project involving the Selenga River delta, a RAMSAR Convention-designated wetland of international importance, and a critical waterfowl and fisheries spawning habitat on the eastern side of Lake Baikal in the Republic of Buryatia, to the Gore- Chernomyrdin Commission at a meeting held in Moscow. Both Vice President Gore and Prime Minister Chernomyrdin commented most positively on the value of the work in assessing environmental constraints and options...Notable too was the completion of ESD's Ussuri\Wusuli River Watershed Project which among other things developed a GIS- derived ARCINFO sustainable land use plan for the last remaining Siberian tiger habitat in the Russian Far East and northeastern China.

Global Network of Environment and Technology, Va . (Global Environment and Technology Foundation, 7010 Little River Turnpike, Suite 300 Annandale, Virginia 22003 tel:703-750-6401 mailto:getf@getf.org . . NEVADA OFFICE: 5250 South Virginia Street, Suite 295., Reno, Nevada 89502 tel:775-827-4040 . Tom Harvey, Founder) GNET Project: "The Global Network of Environment & Technology (GNET®) contains information resources on environmental news, innovative environmental technologies, government environmental technology programs, contracting opportunities, market assessments, market information, current events and other material of interest to the environmental technology community...The site made possible by a cooperative agreement from the Federal Energy Technology Center (FETC) and the Department of Energy Office of Science and Technology (OST). " .EARTHMAP Network . Proposal: "The international community's ability to respond to a wide range of environmental, sustainable development, and humanitarian concerns is at a crossroads. Never before have scientists collected so much data on environmental variables, but also never before have we faced such a rapid pace of profound ecological, economic, societal, and political change. Never before have we had the array of technical tools--from satellites to portable computers--for earth science analysis, but never before have we been deluged with so much disparate and redundant bits of data that we have trouble comprehending the information available, its quality, and its relevance, or even communicating with those working on a particular issue or in a particular place. Never before have we had such a broad based international commitment to tackle transnational environmental problems--from oil spills to drought--but also never before have we had such a multitude of life-threatening humanitarian crises. While these dilemmas will be with us permanently, the international community can help rationalize and systematize environmental and sustainable development data collection and analysis by building and sharing an easily accessible, spatially accurate, digitized base map of the earth's features. No such common geospatial reference base exists, despite very expensive investments in remote sensing technology and cartographic production. A digitized "global map"--built up over time and with varying scales in different places depending on the data generated from specific projects--would enhance local and regional decision making on a broad range of sustainable development-related problems. It would encourages the integration of text, tabular, and spatial data and provide a common platform for earth science data research. Finally, it would stimulate internationally the pragmatic, cost effective application of earth observation satellite data and geographic information systems (GIS) technology, particularly in poor countries where the most difficult resource management decisions must be made" LINKS .

FAO Sustainable Dimensions (Sustainable Development Dept) . ( (FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy Tel.: +39.0657051 Fax: +39.0657053152 ) "Recognizing the need to take a more holistic and strategic approach to development support and poverty alleviation, FAO established its Sustainable Development Department in January 1995. The new department serves as a global reference centre for knowledge and advice on biophysical, biological, socio-economic and social dimensions of sustainable development. " SECTIONS: People, Institutions, Knowledge, Environment . Must See: Global Climate Maps, with free download of 53 georeferenced maps .

FAO Sustainable Development GIS: . (Sustainable Development Dept. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy. email: Agromet@fao.org ) (Mr. Henri Carsalade Assistant Director-General Sustainable Development Department tel: (+39 6) 57051 fax: (+39 6) 570 53064 e-mail: Henri.Carsalade@fao.org ) The SD dept. "serves as a global reference centre for knowledge and advice on biophysical, biological, socio-economic and social dimensions of sustainable development.... providing a series of 53 global climate maps (including Koppen maps) in geo-referenced digital format, plus the image display and analysis program WinDisp (for Windows), for free downloading. Tools are provided to extract statistics from images by polygons, to compare differences, convert formats, and export images to ASCII grids and the GIS software IDRISI. The maps and colour palettes, zipped by type, plus WinDisp, are available now from SDRN's FTP site . Refer to the READ.ME files for additional technical details." SEE: Geographic Information Systems in Sustainable Development: " Most sustainable development decisions are inherently multidisciplinary or cross-sectoral, because they require trade-offs between conflicting goals of different sectors. However, most natural resource development agencies are single-sector oriented. Geographic Information System (GIS) technology can help establish cross-sectoral communication - by providing not only very powerful tools for storage and analysis of multisectoral spatial and statistical data, but also by integrating databases of different sectors in the same format, structure and map projection in the GIS system. The importance of this integrated approach to development and management of natural resources have been emphasised in many international fora on sustainable development. " . see also: FAO Global Climate Maps: see also: FAO World Soil Resouces Map "The World Soil Resources Map was produced by the Soil Resources Management and Conservation Service (AGLS) of the FAO Land and Water Development Division (AGL)." see also: FAO Global Land Cover Land Use Classification Program. see also: FAO/UNESCO Digital Soil Map of the World (1:5,000,000 scale)


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996

 

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