First: A guide to respecting Indigenous heritage
places and values "provides a practical
guide for land developers, land users and
managers, cultural heritage professionals
and many others who may have an impact on
Indigenous heritage. The title - Ask First
- is the message of this book; that consultation
and negotiation with Indigenous stakeholders
is the best means of addressing Indigenous
heritage issues. It is also the first, and
simplest step that people need to take, and
that is to put the subject on the agenda." Page has link to downloadable PDF.
- International Development
Research Centre "Supporting local research, finding lasting solutions To achieve self-reliance, poor communities need answers to questions like: How can we grow more and healthier food? Protect our health? Create jobs? A key part of Canada's aid program since 1970, IDRC supports research in developing countries to answer these questions."
- The International
Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) "IISD champions sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications. [We choose] to focus on topics that are ripe for transformation—where a shift in policy has the potential to snowball and, before too long, to change the nature of the game. It is only through a focus on game-changers that we will make up the sustainability deficit that has accumulated and move towards a better future. Because we aim to make a difference in how policy is crafted and implemented, we translate the research insight into practical, realistic and cost-effective policy options that can be taken up by policy-makers at all levels."
- Overseas Development
Institute "ODI is Britain's leading
independent think-tank on international development
and humanitarian issues. Our mission is to
inspire and inform policy and practice which
lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation
of suffering and the achievement of sustainable
livelihoods in developing countries." Many
working papers and short papers are available
for download as PDFs, with major publications
for purchase, as well as a fellowship scheme,
library, advisory work, networking meetings
and email list.
- SolarAid "Power
to the people Two of the biggest threats facing
humanity today are climate change and global poverty.
SolarAid helps to combat both, simply by bringing
clean, renewable power to the poorest people in
the world." The best ideas are simply
brilliant and brilliantly simple. Great idea,
great web site!
Online "is a gateway to information
on development issues in Tanzania. It is
a UNDP/UN, Government of Tanzania and Economic
and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) initiative
to address problems faced by Government officials,
policy makers, private sector, civil society,
donor community, researchers and academicians
accessing information on development issues
in Tanzania." Excellent resources,
inlcuding a searchable database to local
and interenational resources.
- UNEP Division of
Technology, Industry, and Economics "Set up in 1975, three years after UNEP began, the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) provides solutions to decision-makers and helps change the business environment by offering platforms for dialogue and cooperation, innovative policy options, pilot projects and creative market mechanisms."
- World Bank "The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day to no more than 3%, and Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country."
- World Trade Organisation Español Français."The World Trade Organization (WTO) deals with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible." Trade
and Environment covers "issues relating
to sustainable development, trade and the environment
[that] have been discussed in the GATT and in the
WTO for many years."
See also Ecologically Sustainable Development, Sustainable
Design & Management, Democracy
&Human Rights and Volunteer and Community Tourism
Conventions, Charters and Ethics
- The Biodiversity and Tourism Network “is a web-based platform established to foster dialogue between tourism practitioners and disseminate support for the implementation of the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development. The network was launched as a partnership with the World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development in Porto Alegre in December 2007. The Network will not only serve as a repository for actionable information on implementing the guidelines, such as the User's Manual, but will also provide a virtual meeting point for members to capture, store and exchange knowledge to more effectively integrate biodiversity concerns within tourism strategies.”
- Convention on Biological
Diversity "The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993. It has 3 main objectives: The conservation of biological diversity, The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity and The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.” A densely ordered and informed site, covering everything from Rio 1992 through to Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, Nagoya Protocol and more. Check the site map if you can't find what you're looking for.
Nations Framework Convention on Climate
a decade ago, most countries joined
an international treaty, the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC) to
consider what can be done to reduce
global warming and to cope with whatever
temperature increases are inevitable.
Recently, a number of nations have
approved an addition to the treaty:
Protocol, which has more powerful
(and legally binding) measures. ...
This [web site] contains numerous
resources -- for beginners or experts
-- such as introductory and in-depth
publications, the official UNFCCC and
Kyoto Protocol texts
and a search engine to the UNFCCC
- The Earth Charter
Initiative "The Earth Charter is a universal expression of ethical principles to foster sustainable development. The Earth Charter Initiative is the global network that embraces, uses and integrates the Earth Charter principles."
Ethics An old, but still comprehensive link list to the
- UNEP - World
Conservation Monitoring Centre "To provide authoritative information about biodiversity and ecosystem services in a manner that is useful to decision-makers who are driving change in environment and development policy. We do this with partners worldwide by drawing together, analysing and interpreting information on biodiversity, as well as strengthening the ability of others to do so." Access analysis and reports, data and information, plus specialist online tools.
Governments and Organisations
- Earth Council Alliance Previously the "Earth Council for Sustainable
Development", The mission of Earth Council Alliance is to Connect, Empower, and Advance Individuals and Organizations to create a Sustainable, Just and Peaceful Earth. The ECA emphasis is on supporting pragmatic, results-oriented programs worldwide, and matching people, partners, and resources to support local, regional, and national initiatives. ECA will use the Earth Charter and Agenda 21 as historical baselines to measure and celebrate progress ."
- IUCN - The World Conservation
Union "IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges."
- United Nations Environment
Programme - UNEP "To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations." " Check these resources for Governments, Scientists, Journalists , Business Persons, Civil Society , Children and Youth".
- Regional Office Africa "The
mission of the Regional Office
for Africa is to provide leadership
and encourage partnership in
caring for the environment by
inspiring, informing, and enabling
nations and peoples in Africa
to improve their quality of life
without compromising that of
- Regional of Europe "The
Regional Office for Europe (ROE)
promotes inter-governmental policy
dialogue and regional cooperation,
increases national capacity for
environmental management and
response emergencies, raises
awareness and enhances information
exchange, and translates global
policies into regional action."
- EEA - European
Environment Agency "The
European Environment Agency's core task is
to provide decision-makers with the information
needed for making sound and effective policies
to protect the environment and support sustainable
- The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities "The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities was established on 14 September 2010, and deals with : Environment protection and conservation of biodiversity, Air quality, National fuel quality standards, Land contamination, Meteorology, Administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory, and the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Natural built and cultural heritage, Environmental research, Water policy and resources, Ionospheric prediction, Co-ordination of sustainable communities policy, Population policy, and Urban environment. Visit What's New for the most recent matters.
- Global Development
Research Center (GDRC) "is an attempt
to consolidate disparate issues, themes and
topics into one umbrella to highlight their
interconnectedness and interdisciplinary
nature. ... in the spheres of environment,
urban, community and information, and at
scales that are effective."
Regional Environmental Center for Central
and Eastern Europe (REC) One of the most visually pleasing web sites I've ever visited, it's a
beautifully presented website, with lot's
of information, projects and publications
(all in PDF). A valuable resource. Visit
and enjoy! "The REC is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit
organisation with a mission to assist in
solving environmental problems in Central
and Eastern Europe (CEE). The Center fulfils
its mission through encouraging co-operation
among non-governmental organisations, governments
and businesses, supporting the free exchange
of information and promoting public participation
in environmental decision-making. ... The REC has an office network in 17 countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey. The head office is located in Szentendre, Hungary. The REC actively participates in key global, regional and local processes and contributes to environmental and sustainability solutions within and beyond its country office network, transferring transitional knowledge and experience to countries and regions."
- UNESCO World Heritage Centre Everything you always wanted
to know about World Heritage but didn't know
where to find it. English, Français. "Protecting
natural and cultural properties of outstanding
universal value against the threat of damage
in a rapidly developing world".
See also Activism:, Environmental Campaigns, Australian
Government Agencies, Policymaker/Stakeholder Guidelines, Ecologically Sustainable Development and Sustainable
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