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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)


FAO World Agricultural Information Centre Project . (FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy Tel.: +39.0657051 Fax: +39.0657053152 ) The East African Regional Biodiversity Project is the first GEF project to become operational in Africa...There is a focus on coordination, awareness, research and training activities; with emphasis on biodiversity in the wetlands and forest sectors. . Current Agricultural Research Information System (CARIS) . Agricultural Sciences and Technology (AGRIS)

FAO Global Plant Protection Information System . (FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy Tel.: +39.0657051 Fax: +39.0657053152 . email:plantinfo@fao.org, GPPIS Supervisor.Tony Putter, mailto:tony.putter@fao.org fax:+39 6 57056347)

ISAR: Initiative for Social Action and Renewal in Eurasia, Washington , DC e92 . (1601 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 301, Washington, DC 20009 tel:202-387-3034 Fax: 202-667-3291 Contact: Eliza K. Klose, Executive Director, E-mail:postmaster@isar.org . alternate url )" In the post-Soviet era ISAR's mission is to support local initiatives and empower local citizens seeking to create a more just and sustainable society. ISAR is guided in its work by the belief that meeting the social and ecological challenges of today depends on more equitable distribution of resources, open access to information and greater cooperation among groups and individuals. "

ID21, UK . () . "This is the ID21 Development Research reporting service, a selection of the latest and best UK-based development research. This new online service offers hundreds of summaries of problem-solving work on critical development dilemmas around the world.... Hosted by the Institute of Development Studies, the initiative is known as ID21 - or Information for Development in the 21st Century. Its key feature is a searchable online collection of short, one-page (500-word) digests of the latest social and economic research studies across 30 key topic fields. "

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Canada: . (161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 0Y4 Telephone: 1 (204) 958-7700 Fax: 1 (204) 958-7710 E-mail: info@iisd.ca . Geneva Office: Mark Halle, Le Viaduc CH-1271, Givrins, Switzerland, Tel:41-22 369-3754 Fax:41-22 369-3758 Email:mark.halle@iprolink.ch) . "IISD's mission is to promote sustainable development in decision making internationally and within Canada...For development to be sustainable it must integrate environmental stewardship, economic development and the well-being of all peopleónot just for today but for countless generations to come. " See also: Measurement and Indicators for Sustainable Development : "The transition to sustainable development requires changed behavior and practice in business, government and everyday life. Such progress requires that we understand and be able to measure the effects of policies and actions on the economy, the environment and people's well being. This concern about assessing progress towards sustainable development has fueled a growing international interest in measurement techniques. Measurement, as an indispensable tool to make the concept of sustainable development operational, helps decision-makers and the public to conceptualize objectives, evaluate alternatives, make policy choices, and adjust policies as well as objectives based on actual performance. ". . SEARCH .

Island Resources Foundation, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands c95 . (6292 Estate Nazareth #100, St. Thomas, VI 00802-1104, tel:340/775-6225 Fax: 340/779-2022 email:etowle@irf.org . GIS Contact: Bruce Potter, IRF, 1718 "P" Street NW Suite T-4, Washington, DC 20036, tel:202/265-9712 fax:202/232-0748 email:bpotter@irf.org ) "Island Resources Foundation is a private, non-profit organization based at Red Hook in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, dedicated to solving the environmental problems of development in small tropical islands....Increasing access to environmental information, and especially increasing the use of environmental information in the planning and management of development of small tropical islands is a central objective of Island Resources...Island Resources Foundation believes Geographic Information Systems are essential tools for the interpretation and display of environmental information necessary for planning and management of small tropical islands. Virgin Islands Conservation Data Center: A guide to help users to find out what spatial Features the CDC has in its Geographic Information System. See: Environmental Information and Geographic Information Systems with downloadable data libraries. "Island Resources Foundation believes Geographic Information Systems are essential tools for the interpretation and display of environmental information necessary for planning and management of small tropical islands. The Foundation is working with a group of GIS Users in the Virgin Islands to share information and ideas about GIS applications in the Territory. " See also: ECMAP: The Eastern Caribbean Mapping Cooperative . Don't miss A Sermon on Information Imperialism: "We are seriously concerned about finding ways to encourage and promote the posting of information on the Internet by and about the Caribbean. There are minor technical problems to establishing "servers" for such archiving or electronic libraries, but more critical is the need to think of ways to break down what Franklin McDonald calls the "culture of secrecy....In both of the examples given above, the Internet can contribute either to improved decision-making--because of the ability to marshal more information at almost no cost--or to distorted decisions, if the networks are systematically biased in the information they present. This is "information imperialism," especially if all of the information affecting St. Kitts' bond ratings, or St. Lucia's sub-division planning, comes only from continental or developed country sources...."

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, Ky e95 . (433 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403 Tel:(606) 986-2373 Fax:(606) 986-1299 GIS Contact: Shepard McAninch Ecologist/Director GIS Lab , email:smcaninch@maced.org ) "MACED provides opportunities and resources to help citizens build sustainable, healthy, equitable, democratic and prosperous communities in Kentucky and Central Appalachia." GIS PROJECTS: "MACED developed the Forest Resource Model (FRM) to provide citizens, landowners and government with stronger decision-making. The FRM expands our understanding of the forest resource at the local, regional, state and national levels. Many decisions and attempts to influence policies are based on insufficient and anecdotal information. We make business decisions about forest products companies with this inadequate information. The FRM is an attempt to begin the process of providing better information about the forest resource. The model is Geographic Information System (GIS) based and through organizations like MACED citizens can have access to modeling capability that allows them to test their own assumptions about the local forest resource. see also FRM Online Maps . . see Investing in Kentucky's Future for another example of their recent GIS work .

The Mountain Institute, Franklin WV c95 . (see under ECP International)

National Center for Appropriate Technology, Mt . (3040 Continental Drive, Butte, Montana 59702 tel:(406) 494-4572 Toll free 1-800-275-6228 (ASK-NCAT) Fax:(406) 494-2905 E-mail: info@ncat.org ) "NCAT/ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas) began investigating use of GIS systems in 1995, when an NCAT staffperson wrote a white paper about potential GIS use in our organization. At that time, we concluded that although it was an attractive technology, the costs outweighed the benefits. Since then, GIS software and hardware have become more inexpensive and datasets more available. In late 1997, NCAT/ATTRA made a commitment to begin implementing a GIS system. We have discussed our plans with GIS experts and have made contacts with two organizations (not including CTSP) that will provide assistance implementing our GIS plans."

Rogue Institute for Ecology and Economy, Ashland OR c97 . (762 A Street, Ashland, OR 97520 USA tel:(541)482-6031 fax:482-8581 email: info@rogueinstitute.org) "The Institute was founded in 1989 to bring together ecology and economy in ways that strengthen communities. The attempt to pit jobs against the environment was threatening both communities and their landscapes. Rather than buy into this misleading debate, we began working at the local level, within communities, to show that healthy economies and healthy environments are fundamentally linked." GIS STATUS: "Probably the largest factor in the direction of our GIS program is that it is very directed by our projects. This means that the amount of time spent on GIS tasks is dictated by funding for specific projects...We think it is important to realize how GIS with a windows interface quickly became a bit of a "fad" and everyone wanted one, even if they didn't know what they were going to do with it. In some ways we fell into this trap because we had project ideas for which we thought we were going to use GIS that did not manifest. We quickly identified other uses, but it is still a slow process for us to incorporate GIS into our daily project work. (i.e.): Ecosystem Workforce Training Partnership (EWTP): In this program, retraining crews of displaced timber workers learn ecosystem management skills applicable to today's jobs in local forests. Specific jobs range from stream restoration and thinning to assessment tasks and mapping. For one project in 1998, crews were responsible for mapping out some soil types, plant associations, and basic physical characteristics for two forestry units. The final requirements in the contract asked for maps of the data. The Forest Service expected hand drawn maps. Using our GIS system, however, we were able to create maps that completely exceeded the Forest Service's expectations." .. also see their GIS work in Landowner Stewardship Project ó a collaborative approach to ecosystem management: " in this project we worked with neighboring private landowners to help them develop forest management plans that complimented each other. The intent was to help them see their property as a part of the larger landscape and use this awareness to guide their land management decision making processes. GIS maps were a valuable tool for several elements of this project. Maps helped landowners see where their lands and their neighbors had similar components that needed parallel management regimes. It also helped them make decisions as we could show them specifically where on their property we were recommending activities. In January of 1999 we will begin a similar project in the Upper Rogue watershed of southern Oregon. We have already talked to Jackson County about a CD-ROM they recently published with applicable data to help us make similar maps for this new area." .

Rural Advancement Foundation Intl., Pittsboro NC c96 . (Hope Shand, 118 E Main St. Room 211, Carrboro NC 27510-2300 USA, Tel: (919) 960-5223 Fax: (919) 960-5224 Email:hope@rafi.org ) "RAFI is an international non-governmental organisation headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) with an affiliate office in Pittsboro, North Carolina (US). RAFI is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable improvement of agricultural biodiversity, and to the socially responsible development of technologies useful to rural societies." Check out their SEED MAP. .Don't miss their extensive papers and discussions on genetic engineering and the new "terminator" and "traitor" technologies which render developing country crop plants sterile after one harvest. .SEARCH .

The Sustainable Development Institute, Wa . (3121 South Street NW, Washington, DC 20007 tel:(202) 338-1017 email:susdev@igc.org ) "Founded in 1993, SDI specializes in communications about environmental aspects of economic development in coastal and tropical forest regions." . Atlantic Coastwatch Newsletter: "A pithy newsletter about environmentally mindful forms of economic development along the Atlantic seaboard - from the Gulf of Maine to the eastern Caribbean. Published every two months, with news of people, places, issues, problems and solutions." Community Forestry Project "The project highlights positive examples of communities as custodians protecting forests from destruction and degradation. Examples and recommendations are presented to global policy making bodies, aid donors and lenders, and the public."

UNESCO CSI: Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands. (email:csi.webmaster@unesco.org) "UNESCO endeavour launched in January 1996. Its goal is to assist Member States towards environmentally-sound, socially-equitable and culturally-appropriate development in coastal regions and in small islands. CSI contributes to the advancement of pertinent knowledge, the integrated application of research findings and capacity-building in transdisciplinarity. It serves as a platform for cross-sectoral, cooperative action.


All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

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

 

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