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Amazing Environmental Organizations Web Directory

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.
To Search:
Select topic category from main page listings. Follow onscreen links to desired records.


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.
To Search:
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 networks.

EnviroLink Library

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.
To Search:
Select topic from site's main page; select subtopic to view complete WWW resource listing.

Environmental Links Database

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 with 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 title.
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 given 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; Vienna, Austria.
To Search:
Fill in applicable search fields within site's main page. Resulting records will contain titles of sites, which are respective links to their WWW sites.

Global Environmental Information Locator Service (GELOS)

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 sites; 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.
To Search:
Follow screen instructions for entering site found on access page. Then select topic of interest from main menu. Follow onscreen links to view desired records.

Green Web Directory: Environmental Internet Sites by Subject

Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, the Green Web Directory: Environmental Internet Sites by Subject is a comprehensive worldwide directory to institutions, 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 titles 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.
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Indigenous Environmental Network

The Indigenous Environmental network is "...an alliance of grassroots indigenous peoples whose mission is to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth 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 environment groups.
Within the site's homepage are access points to the table of contents and an ongoing fundraising effort and accompanying announcement. The site's listings 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 of 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.
To Search:
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

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 site 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 environmentalism.
To search the bibliographic area, users should select a topic from the area's 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 links 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.
To Search:
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.

NHBS Directory: A Guide to Environment-related Web Sites

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 sources.
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.
To Search:
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.