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The Amazing Environmental Organizations Web Directory is the world's
"largest exclusively environmental organization directory on the WWW." Its
creators have provided a comprehensive list of environmental topics on the
site's main page. Here too are a bulletin board, results of recent
surveys, and a keyword search engine.
Topics of interest to the user include: agriculture, animals, disasters,
education, energy, forestry, land conservation, parks and reccreation,
pollution, recycling, science, water resources, weather, and wildlife. In
addition to these topics, may more are offered, some noted as having
subdirectories through an arrow displayed next to the topic name. Also
found on the main page is a list of sponsors, whose names provide access to
their respective homepages.
Upon selecting a topic, the user will commonly find a subdirectory of
topics, alphabetically ordered. A list of articles, publications, and
organizations is sometimes featured; all titles are links to the WWW site.
Choosing a subdirectory then presents the user with a list of organizations
who have this topic focus. The variety of environmental topics results in
wide differences among subdirectory holdings in the site; simply follow
onscreen links to information of choice.
The site is maintained by The WebDirectory, Incorporated.
Select topic category from main page listings. Follow onscreen links to
EcoNet is a computer network system and database, a member of the Institute
for Global Communications (IGC), whose partner networks include PeaceNet,
ConflictNet, LaborNet, and WomensNet. Together, they comprise the
"...world's only computer communications system dedicated solely to
environmental preservation, peace, and human rights." EcoNet "serves
individuals and organizations working for environmental preservation and
sustainability. Important issues covered inlcude: environmental justice,
global warming, energy policy, rainforest preservation, legislative
activities, water quality, toxics and environmental education."
Within the site's main page, the user will find various links to
environmental sources, as well as the sister networks. At the top of the
main page are links to EcoNet service areas: search, help, join, ICG
members, and the news center. The first offers a keyword search engine and
access to various WWW search engines. The "help" area is an index to
information on the site and provides answers to common questions. To join
the IGC network or to help sponsor its resources, the user must access the
"join" section. An alphabetical listing of ICG members is provided, as well
as WWW links to international news services, alphabetically listed. Below
this service link area are three major divisions within the site: the
highlights area; the headlines area; and the issues search area.
The "highlights" area contains links to three sources: (1) the EcoNet
Environmental Justice Network; (2) the Frugal Living Pages (at IGC); and
(3) the EcoNet Mining Resources index. The first topic addresses
environmental issues facing minority communities in the United States.
Links within the network access points of interest. The Frugal Living Pages
provide information sources for living comfortably with less and for
preserving the environment. Mining activists will find information
resources in the third area. The "headlines" area, constantly updated,
reflects major world developments and issues presently affecting the
environment. Users need only to select the topic of interest to move to
that information. The third area, "the issues search," provides a
comprehensive list of the major topics covered within EcoNet. Users can
choose from twenty-two subjects, and once a choice is made, a list of
subcategories is revealed, thereby giving access through their titles to the
desired information or records.
Other areas of interest on the main page include the actions alerts area and
the features area, reflecting recent developments in environmental activism
and events.At the bottom of the site's main page are links, through images,
to PeaceNet, ConflictNet, LaborNet, and WomensNet. The site, its holdings,
and its sister networks are maintained by the Institute for Global
Communication (IGC), San Francisco, California.
Select topic of interest from site's main page. Titles are links to site
divisions; within subject areas, links exist to the WWW and partner
The EnviroLink Library is "...the most comprehensive resource of
environmental information available on the Internet." Sponsored by
EnviroLink, the largest online environmental information resource on the
WWW, the library provides a listing of WWW resources as a service of its
sponsoring non-profit organization.
The user will note, upon accessing the site, that the left frame displays
related links to the site. Here, users can join EnviroLink, access Bioponic
International, and view the major link categories of the site. At the
bottom of the main page are access points for adding a link to the library,
for a user feedback area, and for access to the EnviroLink homepage, as well
as its information, arts, library, news, and search divisions. The site's
major subject categories are: (1) air; (2) water; (3) flora and fauna; (4)
fire; and (5) earth. Users can also view all subject categories (as well as
their subtopics) via the "subjects by alpha" link on the main page.
Users should select a category of interest from the site's main page; a
listing of subcategories is then displayed. Selecting a subcategory then
reveals its resource area, which users should scroll to view. Subject areas
here offer WWW links on: (1) actions you can take; (2) education; (3)
general information; (4) government; (5) organizations; and (6)
publications. For each noted WWW site, the site's title and a brief
description of the contents and scope are given. Users selecting the
"subjects by alpha" link will find a master listing of all subcategories in
the site; selecting a topic then reveals its complete WWW resources
listing. All site titles are direct links to the WWW.
The site is sponsored by EnviroLink; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Select topic from site's main page; select subtopic to view complete WWW
The Environmental Links Database is a listing of environmentally-
relevant WWW sites, found worldwide. The site is a division of the Central
European Environmental Data Request Facility (CEDAR), which "...provides
computing and Internetwork facilities to support international data exchange
with the Central and Eastern European environmental community." CEDAR works
the Austrian National Focal Point (NFP) and other regional organizations to
support "...environmental information dissemination." Users will find that
the database is searchable by category, country, or part of a WWW site's
The database's main site page features a search engine, which can be
personalized through three fields:(1) links within a given subject area; (2)
links with matches to portion(s) of a site title; and (3) links within a
country. For both the first and third options, users will find selections
within the search field; in the case of subject choices, the number of links
within the site's contents is displayed. Once the user makes the search
choices, the database is activated. Resulting records will produce an
alphabetical listing of applicable/matching WWW links. Each entry will
feature: the title of the site; a brief description; and the site's country
of origin, noted in a code. Titles of sites are their links to the WWW and
the respective source.
Underneath the search engine's area within the main page, are three links:
to databases and resources, to a general information area, and to an area
for entering a new URL to the database. The first category provides a
listing of all the WWW links within the database. Titles here are links to
the respective sites. The general information area gives a complete
range of subjects covered among the database's links to the WWW. The
final link allows a user to add a URL to the holdings, by filling in
provided submission fields.
The site is maintained by the Central European Environmental Data Request
Facility (CEDAR); a division of the Austria Federal Ministry for the
Environment, Youth, and Family Affairs; and the University of Vienna;
Fill in applicable search fields within site's main page. Resulting records
will contain titles of sites, which are respective links to their WWW
This site is the access point to the G7 Environment and Natural Resources
Management Prototype System (The G7 ENRM), whose main objective is "...to
create a global virtual distributed library of ENRM data and resources.
This prototype is an initial step toward that goal." It is "...an
initiative of the G7 Group of Nations [ France, The United States, Britain,
Japan, Germany, Italy, and Canada ] which aims to realise the full potential
of available global information relating to the state of our planet and its
ecosystems." The G7 server's focal topics include: biodiversity; climate
change; and environmental and natural resources.
When this access page is activated, the user will find instructions on
entering the system, whether with the intentions of remaining anonymous or
of registering as a user. A link is provided to general information on
the G7 group history, its projects, and the prototype system. Upon
accessing the server, the user will find five courses of action : (1) the
"submit" area -- for adding information to the ENRM server; (2) the
"register" area -- for becoming a registered user ; (3) the "search" area --
for viewing information records within the site; (4) the "what's new" area
-- for recent additions to records; and (5) the "help" area -- for
information on registering and site services. The "submit" area is open
only to registered users; here, sites may be added to the total holdings.
Users must follow screen instructions to register, filling in appropriate
information fields. Those who do register receive a list of newest
additions since their last log-in under the "what's new" area; those who
choose not to register will receive the latest additions of the past two
weeks. The "help" area offers answers to common questions and details
services provided to registered users.
Those who choose to enter the "search" area of the site will find a page
revealing a keyword search field, as well as links to: the user pages,
announcements area, events area, the ENRM resource area, and remote
databases. Selecting the ENRM Resource area then moves into the search
mode; a display of search topics is shown --all ENRM resources; environment
and natural resources; climate change; and biodiversity. Users may also
search based on geographical location. Selecting one of these topics then
opens its respective search page, which contains a keyword field. Matching
records, when found, are displayed, showing: the name(s) of applicable
a ranking of the site (based on its scope and content); and a description of
the site. Titles of individual items are WWW links to their respective
contents and web pages.
The G7 project and its site are sponsored by the Center for Earth
Observation (CEO), a division of JRC; Ispra, Italy.
Follow screen instructions for entering site found on access page. Then
select topic of interest from main menu. Follow onscreen links to view
Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, the Green Web Directory: Environmental
Internet Sites by Subject is a comprehensive worldwide directory to
organizations, indices, universities, government sources, and newsgroups who
feature an environmental foucs. Listings are divided according to
environmental focus, and within listings, titles are direct access links to
their respective sites on the WWW. In addition, the site features multiple
links to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) web site.
Upon accessing the directory's main page, the user will find various images,
each an access point to a site division: forests; species; water; and
climate. For each of these subjects, accessing the title displays a
comprehensive listing of applicable WWW sites. Each list is prefaced with a
menu of the featured list divisions, and users may select one of these
to move to its respective area in the title's listing. For all four of
these subject offerings (seen in the image titles), American and
international organizations and institutions are listed, as are indices for
each subject. In the case of the "species" area, specific wildlife
organizations and institutions are the additional titles featured in this
area. Users will also find the WWF's familiar panda image in the upper
right corner of the main page. This, in turn, accesses a comprehensive
listing of environmental groups -- both on the international and American
scale. Institutions, organizations, indicies, federal government
agencies, universities, mailing lists, and newsgroups are found in the
listings. Users can browse through entries or select a topic of interest
from the upper list menu to more directly to that point in the list.
Additional links can be added to the directory through a link within the
site's main page. Here, users have a provided page for entering the site's
information. Likewise, at the bottom of the main page, are links to access
various points within the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF's) web site. Users can
look over new information, offer comments, search the site, activate a
keyword index search, and join the WWF.
The site is maintained by the World Wildlife Fund and its various branches
worldwide; (international offices) located in Gland, Switzerland.
The Indigenous Environmental network is "...an alliance of grassroots
indigenous peoples whose mission is to protect the sacredness of Mother
from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining, and
respecting the tradtional teaching and the natural laws...." The network's
major activites include: (1) providing a national clearinghouse on
information of environmental issues affecting indigenous peoples; (2) acting
as a resource and referral network for technical information; (3)
offering national, regional, and local advocacy on grassroots issues; (4)
organizing grassroots resource, referral,training, and strategy development;
(5) planning an annual conference in the field; and (6) offering information
on indigenous grassroots environmental groups and tribal governmental
Within the site's homepage are access points to the table of contents and an
ongoing fundraising effort and accompanying announcement. The site's
feature the following categories: (1) links; (2) "who we are"; (3) notices;
(4) educational information; (5) fire, earth, water, and air; and (6) north,
south, east, and west. The first topic offers information on how to
handle site access problems and how to view information from similar sites.
For details on the network's history, goals, memberships, and environmental
concerns, users should access the second topic. The "notices 'section
features recent news in the indigenous environmental field; titles of topics
are links to their respective areas within the site, where users will find
a description of the topic or event.
Educational information within the site is accessible through links,
revealing a map of proposed threats to Native American lands in North
America, a description of tribal government operations, a risk assessment
area, and a description of the First National People of Color Environmental
Leadership Summit. The "fire, earth, water, and air" link offers details on
environmental concerns -- such as dumping, logging, mining, nuclear research
and operations, toxic emissions, fishing, dams, and oil spills. The table
contents specifies under which of the four areas such topics appear.
Selecting a topic title then accesses its contents within the site. Lastly,
the compass's four directions would normally provide information, but
presently, this area is not operational.
The site is sponsored and maintained by the Indigenous Environmental
Network; Bemidji, Minnesota.
Select table of contents link from homepage; then select topic of interest
from contents listing, Follow onscreen links to view desired records.
Native Americans and the Environment is a "...comprehensive collection of
web references...and bibliographic citations." Sponsored by the Center for
Conservation Biology at Rice University, the site is designed to facilitate
research and education on Native American and environmental issues. The
is divided into three major interest areas: (1) general information; (2)
bibliography area; and (3) the web guide and location map area.
The general information area offers a "what's new" link, detailing recent
additions to the site, listed chronologically. Within a time-based group,
titles are alphabetized and are direct WWW links. Descriptions of site
contents and scope are also given. The "all links" point gives access to
the total contents of WWW links within the general area, a large document to
download. "General links for browsing" is an alphabetical list of WWW sites
on related topics pertaining to Native Americans and the environment.
Author and site information are found under their respective link; an essay
on Native American history and culture, as well as an Internet research
guide, round out this area's links. The bibliography area contains over
700 items for searching. Subjects available are: land and water rights,
fishing rights, natural resource management, toxic waste, society, culture,
history, general bibliographic resources, and non-natives on Native
To search the bibliographic area, users should select a topic from the
listings. The corresponding bibliography will then be displayed; within a
given text's record, the following are found: author's name (last, first,
middle initial); year of publication; title; title of journal; volume
number; issue number; pages of text. For books, following the title's
mention, the name and location of the publisher is provided. The web guide
area offers over 200 resources. Sixteen topics are provided for searching;
once a subject is selected, a list of WWW sites is then displayed. All
titles are direct links to the WWW. At the bottom of the site's main page
is the location and map area. Here, users select an area from a provided
North American map or a region listed below the map. Corresponding WWW
for that area will be displayed in alphabetical order. Descriptions of
sites are provided; all titles are direct links to the WWW.
The site is maintained by Alex Dark; the Center for Conservation Biology;
Rice University; Houston, Texas.
Select topic on interest from site's main page divisions and follow onscreen
links to view search results or general information. All site titles are
direct links to the WWW.
The NHBS Directory: A Guide to Environment-related Web Sites is a WWW site
for people who "...wish to access environmental information which is
currently available on the Internet, and to provide postal addresses and
membership details of a variety for societies and organizations which do not
yet have a web presence." The site features listings on WWW sites,
societies, NGOs, institutions, and organizations. It is a division of the
Natural History Book Service (NHBS), the world's largest environmental
bookstore on the Internet. Over 1000 entries are contained within the site,
reflecting local, national, international, general, and specialized
Within the site's main page, users can submit information for entry into the
directory, via a link to the site's author. Below this area, browsing links
are found, divided into three operating possibilities: (1) searching the
directory alphabetically; (2) searching by organization type; and (3)
searching by subject. In the first method, users will find an alphabetical
listing of the site's holdings. Titles here are direct links to the WWW.
Each site listed features a description, which discusses the site's
contents, scope, links to the WWW, and publications. The second search
method, by organization type, offerings the following categories: (1)
bibliographic and information resources; (2) botanic gardens; (3)
educational institutions; (4) governmental and intergovernmental; (5)
museums; (6) NGOs and actions groups; and (7) societies. Users must select
a type within this group; a display will then show holdings within that
category, each site featuring a description, whose content is identical to
that mentioned previously.
When searching by subject, the following categories are open for viewing:
(1) biological science; (2) botany; (3) ecological science; (4) ecosystems;
(5) environmental science; (6) environmental studies; (7) evolutionary
biology; (8) geology; (9) habitat and species conservation; (10) marine and
freshwater biology; (11) natural resources: uses and management; (12)
paleontology; (13) people and the environment; (14) reference; (15)
taxonomy, systematics, and nomenclature; and (16) zoology. Users select a
subject of interest, then browse that area's holdings. Descriptions of
sites feature items mentioned above; titles are direct links to the WWW.
The site is sponsored by the Natural History Book Service (NHBS); UK.
Select search method from site main page; browse through listings or select
subject of interest to activate holdings within site. All site titles are
direct links to the WWW.