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Natural resource management and biodiversity - Links

[Updated: March 19, 2012]

This page was established to provide you with easier access to links concerning natural resource management and biodiversity posted on this site. Please note that new items uploaded since the latest monthly newsletter will be posted on top of the list.

Stockholm International Water Institute. The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy institute whose diverse Stockholm-based, internationally-oriented programmes and activities contribute to finding sustainable solutions to the world’s escalating water crisis. SIWI manages projects, synthesises research and publishes findings and recommendations on current and future water, environment, governance and human development issues. 

Sustainability Journal
. Sustainability is an international and cross-disciplinary, scholarly, open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability of human beings, which provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development, and is published by MDPI online monthly.

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African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). ACTS is an international intergovernmental science, technology and environmental policy think-tank that generates and disseminates new knowledge through policy analysis, capacity building and outreach. Research focus areas include agriculture and food security; biodiversity and environmental governance; energy and water security and science and technology literacy.

African Conservation Group
. The African Conservation Foundation is working towards the protection and conservation of Africa's endangered wildlife and their habitats. Founded in 1999, ACF fills a unique niche by creating an Africa-wide network for information exchange and capacity building of conservation efforts in the region.

African Forest Research Network (AFORNET). AFORNET is a network of African forest research scientists. AFORNET hosts a research grant scheme with the aim of promoting and strengthening individual scientists' research capacity and disseminating knowledge that is relevant to development.

African Insect Science for Food and Health (ICIPE). ICIPE is an organisation working on environmental, human, plant and animal health issues with starting point in the study of insects in order to help ensure food security and better health for humankind and its livestock, to protect the environment and to conserve and make better use of natural resources.

African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE). ANAFE is a network, whose objective is to strengthen the teaching of multi-disciplinary approaches to land management and improve the quality, relevance and application of agricultural education in Africa.

African Research Association (ARA). ARA has been tackling forest and environmental degradation in the tropical forests and savannah grassland areas of Cross River State, Nigeria, since 1996. ARA works through its rural based community action project, Development in Nigeria (DIN). Working together with community partners, DIN aims to achieve a lasting difference by promoting the sustainable management of natural resources and alternative livelihoods through micro-economic development.

Agropolis Foundation. Agropolis Fondation is a French scientific foundation established to promote and support high-level research, training and higher education and to broaden international research partnerships in agricultural sciences and sustainable development research, exploring solutions to the world's food and agriculture challenges.


Biocultural Heritage. This site is dedicated to promoting the interlinked biological and cultural riches of indigenous peoples and local communities.

Biodiversity International. Biodiversity International is an international research organisation dedicated to the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity and how biodiversity can contribute to the strengthening of people's livelihoods.

Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH). The BCH is a mechanism set up by the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to facilitate the exchange of information on Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) and assist the Parties to better comply with their obligations under the Protocol.

Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation (BCSF). BCSF aims to identify and implement sustainable solutions to species and ecosystem conservation challenges, through research, action and local collaboration.


Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). CIFOR is an international research and global knowledge institution committed to conserving forests and improving the livelihoods of people in the tropics. CIFOR's mission is to contribute to the sustained well-being of people in developing countries, particularly in the tropics. It achieves this through collaborative, strategic and applied research and by promoting the transfer and adoption of appropriate new technologies and social systems for national development.

Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS). The Center is a global network of forest research plots and scientists dedicated to the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity. The multi-institutional network comprises more than thirty forest research plots across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe, with a strong focus on tropical regions.

Centre for Environment and Development. [in French] The Centre for Environment and Development was created in 1994 in response to the need for bringing grassroots and independent voices into the policy reforms in the forest and environment sector in Cameroon and the Congo Basin at that time. CED's overall goal articulates around the slogan "making sustainability a reality", to ensure that interventions in forests are ecologically and socially sustainable. Most of CED's work is based on people-centred conservation.

Centre for Sustainable Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (SASMin). SASMin is an interdisciplinary unit for research and consultancy work pertaining to sustainable artisanal and small-scale mining in developing countries.

Centro de Investigación de Ecosistemas Acuáticos (CIDEA). CIDEA under the Central American University in Nicaragua is a research and teaching institute working towards a sustainable development of aquaculture in Nicaragua with its main research investigating marine and river ecosystems.


DiverSus. DiverSus is a Collaborative Research Network of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research that uses an interdisciplinary approach to integrate - conceptually and empirically - functional biodiversity effects on ecosystem properties with social evaluations of ecosystem services and their sustainability.


Ecology-Environment. Website on research based on eco-environment approach established by the Institute of Geography (IG) at Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) with the views to internally and globally communicating achived research results and continuously disseminating these results in the future.

European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN). The European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) is a forum for communication between European organisations, researchers, EU institutions and others concerned with (sub-)tropical forest research. The ETFRN Network seeks to promote the involvement of European research expertise towards the conservation and wise use of forests and woodlands in tropical and subtropical countries.

Eutrophication & Hypoxia: Nutrient Pollution in Coastal Waters. This website provides a global database and interactive map of areas affected by eutrophication, as well as links to articles, photos, and other resources.


Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). FANRPAN is a Southern African network organisation that promotes food, agriculture and natural resources (FANR) policies through research, analysis and dialogue at the national, regional and global levels.

Forest Governance Learning Group. The forest governance learning group, coordinated by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), works in Africa and Asia to exchange learning and develop ideas on forest governance - and helps to make them work for practical, just and sustainable forest use.

Forest Monitoring for Action (FORMA). Freely available satellite data to generate rapidly updated online maps of tropical deforestation in Indonesia from 2000 to the present.


Global Island Database (GID). The Global Island Database was developped by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP_WCMC) and aims at boosting sustainable management of islands by bringing together existing data and information relevant to island systems and conservation, and presenting new analyses to aid resource managers and decision-making at the island, national, regional and global levels.

Global Map of Forest Landscape Restoration Opportunities. Stopping additional deforestation and degradation is a critical part of global efforts to fight climate change. Recent research suggests huge opportunities for restoration of forest landscapes. The Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) with WRI, South Dakota State University, and IUCN have produced an updated map showing where global forests have great potential for recovery.

GRAIN. GRAIN is an international non-governmental organisation which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge.


Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS). The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is a leading research and teaching centre based at the University of Western Cape (UWC) in Cape Town. Research areas include chronic poverty, land reform and agrarian change including land grabbing, natural resource management and marine resources and fishing rights.

International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). The Mission of ICID is to stimulate and promote the development and application of the arts, sciences and techniques of engineering, agriculture, economics, ecological and social sciences in managing water and land resources for irrigation, drainage, flood management and river training applications, including research and development and capacity building for achieving sustainable irrigated agriculture.

International Project on GMO Environmental Risk Assessment Methodologies. The GMO ERA Project is a pioneering initiative driven by public sector scientists, most of whom have strong expertise in environmental science, as well as biotechnology and socioeconomics. The project has identified and developed scientific methodologies and teaching tools that can be used for environmental risk assessment (ERA) and management of transgenic plants, in accordance with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and other international agreements.´


Marine Pollution Awareness. The European Commission's Environment Directorate-General has launched a new website on 'Marine Pollution Awareness'. Marine litter currently represents a vast and growing threat to the marine and coastal environments. Marine litter is one of eleven chief pressures on marine environment.


Natureandpoverty.net provides a platform for practitioners working on ecosystem management and poverty alleviation. Practitioners can connect with people and organizations, share experiences and find tools and resources, gain easy and timely access to experts and benefit from field-based knowledge and insights.


Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR). The Platform seeks to improve the maintenance and use of agrobiodiversity by synthesizing and sharing existing knowledge, identifying areas where research is needed and stimulating the development of new research partnerships.

Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG). 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. The group is an initiative coordinated by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

Preserving the diversity of genetic resources in agriculture. Up-dated web site of DG AGRI (European Commission) on genetic resources in agriculture in Europe, including the 17 actions co-funded by the new Community programme.

PROLINNOVA - PROmoting Local INNOVAtion in ecologically-oriented agriculture and natural resource management. Prolinnova is an NGO-initiated programme to build a global learning network to promote local innovation in ecologically-oriented agriculture and NRM.


Regional Agricultural and Environment Initiatives Network–Africa (RAEIN-Africa) is a Southern African network organisation that promotes participatory development of appropriate science and technology and S&T policies for sustainable management of the environment and agricultural production systems. It does so by facilitating creation of partnerships between government, civil society, and end user groups, supporting need driven development oriented research and all inclusive policy development processes.


Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas). Formas is a governmental research-funding agency related to several ministries, the Ministry of Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Affairs, and the Ministry of Education, Research and Culture. Formas encourages and supports scientifically significant research related to sustainable development.


Terra Viva Grants. Develops and manages information about grants for agriculture, energy, environment, and natural resources in the world's developing countries.

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The Centre is supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The Centre generates science-based knowledge about the complex role that trees play in agricultural landscapes, and uses its research to ensure that policies and practices benefit the poor and the environment.



UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). UNEP-WCMC has launched a new website highlighting the potential for actions on reducing emissions from land use change to secure additional important benefits for biodiversity and ecosystem services. UNEP-WCMC's spatial analyses are accessible via the website as well as an interactive mapping tool that allows users to explore the spatial relationships between carbon, biodiversity and ecosystem services.


Voluntary REDD+ Database. This website offers access to maps, graphs and summary statistics on REDD+ financing that has been reported to the REDD+ Partnership, as well as detailed information on individual agreements between countries and/or institutions.


Water Point Mapper. The Water Point Mapper is a free tool for producing maps showing the status of water supply services. It is aimed at water, sanitation, hygiene practitioners as well as local governments working at the district and sub-district levels in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Mapper has been designed for use in situations where there is no internet connectivity.The Water Point Mapper was developed by WaterAid.

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Techniologies (WOCAT)
. WOCAT is a network of soil and water conservation specialists from all over the world. WOCAT is organised as a consortium of national and international institutions and operates in a decentralised manner. This means that it is carried out through initiatives at regional and national levels, with backstopping from experienced members of the consortium.

World Resources Institute (WRI). WRI is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives.

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