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HC 79.E5 Environmental Policy. Economic Development. Sustainable Development

Academic Centres

Summary:
Academic Centres is a division of the Information Center of the WWW site, IISDNet, sponsored by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The site is a resource list of academic institutions and centers which have an empahsis in sustainable development. Information within the site was compiled by the IISD in 1996.
An alphabetical listing of nineteen centers is found at the top of the site; each center title is a direct link to its respective records within the site. Users can scroll past the list of center names to view entries or select a center (from the main list) to view its records.
Within a center's entry, the following is found: (1) center name; (2) description of center, including history, courses offered, and research emphases; (3) key information sources on the center; and (4) contact information, featuring a business address, phone, fax, and e-mail information. At the closing of each entry, links are present for movement to the top of the site (center list), to the SD Directory, and to the IISD homepage, via the "exit" link.
The site is sponsored by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canada.
To Search:
Select center name from top list to view complete records. Or scroll past center list to view site's contents.

Center for Sustainable Communities Bibliography

Summary:
The Center for Sustainable Communities Bibliography is a companion site to the Center for Sustainable Communities' WWW site and its library. Here, users can browse through books and articles which reflect an interest in : how community organizations' influence shapes their people's future; how institutions and markets play roles in building communities; how urban form and willingness are related; how information should be made available to help make lifestyle choices; and how social, civic, and economic pre-conditions play necessary roles in the lives of the community.
Upon accessing the site, users will see an alphabet displayed, along with the first entries of the site. Selecting a letter accesses its respective area within the bibliography. Individual records within the bibliography reflect: the author's name (last, first, initial); year of publication; title of work (book or article); title of publication (for article); publisher information (for book only; company name and location); and volume/issue numbers (for article), including page numbers of text.
At the end of the bibliography are links to its starting point, the Center for Sustainable Communities Library and its homepage.
The site is maintained by the center for Sustainable Communities; the Cascadia Community and Environment Institute; the University of Washington; Seattle, Washington.
To Search:
Select letter category of choice from main page. Browse through category listings. Or browse through site's listings.

Computer Networking, Information Clearinghouses for SD

Summary:
Computer Networking, Information Clearinghouses for SD is a worldwide directory of computer networks in the field of sustainable development. Sponsored by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the networks help to disseminate information for the following concerns, all in terms of sustainable development: business strategies, trade, community adaptation, the Great Plains prairie ecosystem, measurements and indicators, common security, and communications. Here, users will find an alphabetical listing of networks, as well as detailed descriptions of each included title.
Upon accessing the site, the user will find a list of computer networks,most specified with an APC notation: affiliation network, member network, or related network initiative. The title of the network is the electronic link to its respective WWW site. Underneath this grouping are the records for the included systems. Within each record is the following: APC classification; name of the network; sponsor of the network; structure of the network; applicable network publications; and a contact address (including phone numbers and e-mail address). Key information sources appear with some entries.
The site is maintained by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canada.
To Search:
Select network of interest from top listing for immediate access to WWW site. Or browse through listings to view detailed descriptions of entries.

Environment Matters

Summary:
Environment Matters, an online magazine of the World Bank, is offered in this WWW site and in a print form to interested parties. This site features the publication's annual review issue for 1995-1996. Regional staff members of the World Bank composed the issue's contents, which reflect the past year's accomplishments and future plans. The World Bank is an organization dedicated to "...reduc[ing] poverty and improv[ing] living standards by promoting sustainable growth and investments in people. The Bank provides loans, technical assistance, and policy guidance to help its developing-country members achieve this objective."
At the top of the site's main page are seven major links. The first, "Current Issue," opens the contents page of the most current issue (fall 1996); selecting a title allows viewing of an article. "Featured Articles" provides an overview of the 1996 year, as well as a features area. "Mailing List" allows users to join the publication's mailing list via an e-mail form. "ENV Home" is a direct WWW link to the Environment Department of the World Bank, the sponsor for this site. "Back Issues" produces a listing of past issues; selecting an issue title opens its respective contents page. "Publications" offers access to major World Bank publications on the environment via links; "projects" is currently under construction and offers information concerning World Bank projects.
Within the site's main page are links to annual review regional reports. Selecting a region allows for viewing of its respective report. Noted regions are: (1) AFR -- Africa; (2) LAC -- Latin American and the Caribbean; (3) ECA -- Europe and Central Asia; (4) MNA -- Middle East and North Africa; (5) EAP -- East Asia and the Pacific; and (6) SAS -- South Asia. At the bottom of the site's main page are links to the current issue, an introduction to the site, a letter from the World Bank president, and a reflections area. On the left side of the main page are major subject themes of the publication for the previous year; selecting a title produces its detailed information.
The site is sponsored by the Environment Department; the World Bank; Washington, D.C.
To Search:
Select major link from main page (topical or regional). Follow links to desired information. Thematic links on left side of main page.

FAO People's Participation Programme: Publications

Summary:
FAO People's Participation Programme: Publications is a division of the Sustainable Development Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. This site reflects a list of publications by the People's Participation department, including both journals and books.
At the top of the site's main page are links to the SD Dimensions division of the FAO, to the People's Participation division, and to the Resources section. Also provided is a business address to order featured FAO publications. Below this information are the publication category links: (1) general; (2) issues papers; (3) evaluations and case studies; (4) technical manuals and guidelines; (5) workshop reports; and (6) audio-visuals. Users should select a category title to move to its portion within the site; users can also scroll through the site's contents.
Within a category's holdings, users will find that titles are not provided in an alphabetical order. Each book entry contains: (1) title; (2) publisher (FAO); (3) language(s) of the text; and (4) year of publication. For article, users will find: (1) title of article; (2) author; (3) journal title; (4) volume and issue numbers; and (5) publication date.
At the bottom of the site's main page are links to the People's Participation division of the FAO -- homepage, news, analysis, and resources. The site is sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations; Rome, Italy.
To Search:
Select category to view its holdings. Or scroll to view site contents.

IISDnet Glossary

Summary:
The IISDnet Glossary is a division of the IISDNet WWW site, sponsored by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). This organization promotes development that "...improves economic efficiency, protects and restores ecological systems, and enhances the well being of people." IISD creates networks for putting sustainable development into practice by working with business, governments, committees, and individuals both in Canada and worldwide. The glossary features terms associated with sustainable development and related fields.
To access the glossary, the user can choose to enter the "contents" portion of the site or the "information sources" division, both accessible through the main page of the site. Under either title, the user must select "glossary" from the listings. The screen will then display the search engine for the glossary. Users need only to submit a keyword(s) to activate the index. Resulting matches will display the submitted term, as well as the corresponding definition.
The site's main page also features links to the following: an announcements area; a calendar; the area for contacting IISD; the site search engine; the site guide; employment openings at IISD; and the access point for Developing Ideas Digest, a publication of IISD.
The site is maintained by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canada.
To Search:
Select "contents" or "information sources" from the main page. Then select "glossary" to access search engine. Submit term of inquiry into field; matching records wil then display the defintions.

Information Systems for International Development

Summary:
Information Systems in Developing Countries is a "...list of resources related to the planning and deployment of information systems in developing countries. For the most part, these links deal with the implementation of Internet tools, desktop applications and general telecommunications infrastructure in international development."
The site's author has provided two major links at the top of the site's main page -- one for the introduction to the site and the other serving as a link for viewing a copy of the survey draft, whose information and results are integrated into the site's contents. Underneath this area is a list of the site's main topics: programs/projects, organizations, documents, other resources, and mailing lists. Each of these titles is a link to its respective area within the site; users may move directly to the area of choice by selecting one of these titles, or they may browse the site.
Within each of the site's topic areas, WWW sites on that specified subject are listed, in no particular order. For each site, only the title is provided, and it serves as the direct link to its respective WWW site. Apparently, the site is still under development, given the survey status and other indications, so users may wish to reaccess the area in the future for further additions.
The site is maintained by Michael R. Kabjian; Alexandria, Virginia.
To Search:
Select area of interest from table of contents to move directly to that area within the site. Or browse the site's contents. All titles are direct links to the WWW.

Key International SD Organizations and Institutes

Summary:
Key International SD Organizations and Institutes is a division of the IISDNet WWW site, sponsored by the International Institute for Sustainable Development ((ISD). This organization promotes development that "...improves economic efficiency, protects and restores ecological systems, and enhances the well being of the people." IISD creates networks for putting sustainable development into practice by working with business, governments, committees, and individuals both in Canada and worldwide. This site is an alphabetical listing of sustainable development organizations and institutes, each of which has an extended record within the IISDNet site.
Upon accessing the site, the user will find titles of partcipating SD groups, listed alphabetically. Selecting a title of interest then reveals the organization's or institute's detailed record within the site. Each record contains: (1) the name of the SD body; (2) a detailed description of the organization, including the number of members, its history, focal concerns, and plans for the future; (3) key information sources concerning this body, available on the WWW; (4) contact information for the organization (including a business address, phone, fax, and e-mail information); and (5) related research groups and foundations, with their own contact information.
Users will note that among the record's sections detailing key information sources (item number three) and related research groups and foundations (item number five), there is further data given, in terms of these additional fields. For the key information sources division, titles of WWW sites are provided, along with a description of the contents of the sites. For added reference, the sites' URL's are also provided, acting as direct links to the WWW. Related research groups also have extended listings of WWW site information, thereby allowing the user to directly evaluate and access such sites via the WWW.
The site is maintained by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canada.
To Search:
Select SD body title from provided list. Browse through records to view detailed information on selected group. All titles of WWW sites displayed in records are direct links to the WWW.

Science and Technology for Sustainable Development

Summary:
Science and Technology for Sustainable Development is a document published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its Research and Technical Development division. The contents of the site were posted in June, 1996 and are from the article, "Science and Technology in the Work of FAO" written by Dr. Karl O. Herz. Users should scroll to view the contents of the text.
Within the text's introduction, the report notes that: "Science and technology are two crucial components of all efforts aimed at fostering growth and socioeconomic development of nations....[In] accordance with its mandate, the [FAO] of the United Nations has promoted science and technology for development in all domains of food and agriculture." The text discusses the impact of technological development in developing nations, generalizing about FAO methods, goals, and programs. Major topics within the text include: (1) introduction; (2) impact of science and technology on agricultural development; (3) the challenge of a changing world; (4) science and technology in the United Nations system; (5) the role of FAO; and (6) need for sustainable development.
At the bottom of the site are links to the Research and Technology Development division of the FAO -- homepage, news, analysis, and resources. The site is sponsored by the the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Rome, Italy.
To Search:
Scroll through site to view contents of text.

Selected Key Internet Sites for Sustainable Development

Summary:
Selected Key Internet Sites for Sustainable Development is a list of WWW sites, compiled by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The list features WWW, telnet, gopher, and ftp sites of interest to those seeking information on sustainable development.
Within the site's listings, contents are divided into seventeen subject areas. These are: (1) agriculture; (2) biodiversity; (3) building and construction; (4) business and industry; (5) development; (6) development assistance; (7) education and training; (8) environment; (9) environmental management; (10) forestry; (11) global environmental change; (12) health; (13) indigenous peoples; (14) information and communications; (15) international organizations; (16) laws; and (17) nature conservation. Users must browse through the site to view its contents. Within a given subject area, WWW sites are listed alphabetically according to site titles. Within a given site entry, the record features: (1) the title of the site; (2) the title of the server; (3) a description of the site (its history, links, and publications); and (4) the site's URL, which is a direct link to its respective contents. Users seeking information on a specific sustainable development organization can access the SD Directory via a link at the top of the site's main page.
The site is sponsored by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canada.
To Search:
Browse through contents listings. Within WWW site listings, noted URLs are direct links to their respective contents.

Sustainable Development Dimensions

Summary:
Sustainable Development Dimensions is an information service of the Sustainable Development Department (SD) of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This department of the FAO "...serves as a global reference cent[er] for knowledge and advice on biophysical, biological, socio-economic and social dimensions of sustainable development." At the top of the site's main page are links to a special presentation area, viewable in a text only version or through advanced browsers.
Within the site's main page are four major subject areas: (1) people; (2) institutions; (3) knowledge; and (4) environment. Each subject area features subtopics of interest, which are direct links to viewing their contents. "People" contains information on women and population, as well as people's participation. "Institutions" offers details on land tenure, rural administration, and cooperatives. "Knowledge" features research and technology, extension and education, and development communications. "Environment" offers environmental information, policy, planning, management, and energy information. Upon choosing a subtopic of interest, the user will find a page of topics and links, including: (1) a link to join a user network; (2) news area; (3) discussions of ongoing projects and issues; (4) resources; and (5) a feedback area.
At the bottom of the site's main page are links to divisions of the FAO WWW site: new additions, index, French and Spanish translations of the site, general information, the FAO homepage, user network, specials, credits, and links. The site is sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); Rome, Italy.
To Search:
Select topic of interest from site's main page; within subtopics' page, links are present for all information areas and network groups.

Sustainable Development Indicators: Selected Sources

Summary:
Sustainable Development Indicators: Selected Sources is a bibliography and site division of IISDnet, the WWW site of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The site discusses and documents sources for sustainable development indicators, which "...measure sustainability or sustainable development performance....Measurement of sustainable development should be based on indicators which signal: (1) the pressure that society puts on the environment...(2) the resulting state of the environment... compared to desirable...states and (3) the response by human activity mainly in the form of political and societal decision, measures, and policies."
The site features a "concept area" or introduction to the bibliography; below this area is the entire text of the bibliography, which offers documentation on books, articles, newsletters, periodicals, and Internet sources. For each periodical entry, the following is detailed: (1) author's name (last, first initial); (2) title of article; (3) title of journal; and (4) volume, issue, and page numbers. For each book noted in the listings, the following is documented: (1) author's name (last, first initial); (2) title; (3) publisher (city and name); (4) year of publication; and (5) number of pages. For some sources cited within the bibliography, a brief description of contents is provided.
The site is sponsored by the IISDnet Information Center; the Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD); Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canada.
To Search:
Browse through listings.

Sustainable Development Resources

Summary:
Sustainable Development Resources is a division of the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development and "...contains information on local, national, and international organizations and government agencies currently active in the development of sustainable technologies and methods." The site is the search engine to the Sustainable Development Resources database, offering users information on organizations in their requested areas of interest.
The top of the site's main page offers links to: previous web pages ("back" link); geographic searching; topic searching; new search; and the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development (via image). Within the site's main page is a keyword search field. Matching results will be a list of organizations within this subject area; selecting an organization from the list reveals its complete record, which features: (1) title of organization; (2) business address; (3) phone, fax, e-mail; (4) URL (which serves as direct link to the Internet; (5) a description of the organization and its activities; and (6) a detailed description of its programs and services.
Continuing past the keyword search field, the user finds links for geographic searches and topic searches. In the case of the first, users should select an area of interest from a provided list. A list of organizations in this specified area is then displayed; selecting an organization's name then reveals its complete record. Users wishing to activate a topic search will find a listing of topics for browsing: building, community, inventory data, designing sustainable communities, economy and business, energy production and storage, food, agriculture and foresty, infrastructure, and transportation. Selecting a topic then reveals its subtopics. Selecting a subtopic then reveals a list of applicable organizations; each organization's name then reveals its complete record.
The site is sponsored by the Center for Excellence for Sustainable Development; U.S. Department of Energy; Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Golden, Colorado.
To Search:
Fill in provided keyword field; follow onscreen links to view desired organization records. Or choose geographical or topic search from main page; follow onscreen links to view desired information.

Sustainable Earth Electronic Library

Summary:
The Sustainable Earth Electronic Library (SEEL) "...is a digital library devoted to the collection of publications that educate people on ways to preserve and restore our natural environment."
Within the site's main page, users can access general information on the library by selecting the site's title; also present is a list of library subject areas. Noted categories are: (1) air and atmospheric environment; (2) business and industry; (3) environment -- general; (4) hazardous waste; (5) health and the environment; (6) law, politics, and government; (7) trees, forests, and forestry; (8) water and aquatic environment; (9) whole earth systems and conditions; (10) wildlife; (11) plants and sustainble agriculture; and (12) society and the environment.
Users should select a subject area from the site's main page; a subject area page then appears with all subtopics within the category. Here, subtopics are listed alphabetically, and within a subtopic's listings are titles of publications. Each publication entry is noted with: (1) publication title; (2) dates of publication (history); (3) location (city, state, etc.); (4) sponsoring organization; and (5) icon denoting holdings within SEEL and applicable issues. A publication's title is a direct link to its page within the library; here, users will find general information on the publication and an issues listing. Selecting an issue number then reveals its contents. Within a publication's entry , links are sometimes provided to the sponsoring organization.
At the bottom of the site's main page are links within the library's WWW site: homepage, title index, comments area, general information, search, text only homepage, and e-mail SEEL. The site is sponsored by Envirolink; Arlington, Virginia.
To Search:
Select subject category from site's main page; select subtopic. Scroll to view list of publications; titles provide access to issues listings. In some cases, access is provided to sponsoring organizations.

Techniques to Value Environmental Resources: An Introductory Handbook

Summary:
Techniques to Value Environmental Resources: An Introductory Handbook is a guide which "...complements the existing literature [on environmental values and valuation]...by introducing the techniques of valuations, illustrating them with a wide range of Australian examples and indicating how to use the techniques and the values to make informed decisions. The goal of this book is to assist practitioners and non-practitioners who need to appraise resource use decisions and to aid effective policy formulation. The book can be used in conjunction with the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority's database of description information on specific valuation studies that have been undertaken."
Within the site's main page is the table of contents to the handbook; in all cases, title of chapters are direct links to their respective contents. Part One of the handbook, "Economics and Environmental Management" features two chapters -- "The Need to Manage the Environment" and "The Role of Economics." Part Two, "The Techniques of Valuation," offers three chapters -- one on various valuation techniques (untitled), "Surrogate Market Approaches," and "Simulated Market Approaches." Part Three, "The Potential for Valuation" contains two chapters -- "Selecting a Technique" and "Conclusions." By selecting a chapter of interest, the user opens that portion of the text for viewing and study.
The site is sponsored by Environment Australia On-Line; a division of the Environment Program of the Australian Environment, Sport, and Territories Department; Canberra, Australia.
To Search:
Select chapter of interest from table of contents to view records and text.

The Village: A Set of Links to Topics of Interest to the Self-Sufficient Sustainable Village

Summary:
The Village: A Set of Links to Topics of Interest to the Self-Sufficient Sustainable Village is a division of a WWW site devoted to information on the self-sufficient village, created by Jekke Jones of the University of Minnesota. Here, users will find information on sustainable villages, reflected in terms of indigenous knowledge.
Upon accessing the site, users will find a table of contents, providing a listing of applicable WWW sites dealing with indigenous knowledge in the areas of: news groups, archived information, and Web sites. For each entry within a topic area, the creator has provided the title of the WWW site and a brief description of its contents. Each site's title is the direct link to its respective contents on the WWW. At the bottom of the site's main page are links to return to the top of the site and to move to the homepage of Self-Sufficient Village, of which this site is a division.
The site is maintained by Jekke Jones; Division of Biostatistics; School of Public Health; University of Minnesota; St. Paul, Minnesota.
To Search:
Browse through listings. Titles of WWW sites are direct links to the WWW and their respective contents.

HC 79.F3 Famine

FEWS Bulletin

Summary:
The FEWS Bulletin is a publication of the USAID Famine Early Warning System (FEWS), which is "...designed to help decision makers prevent famine in Sub-Saharan Africa." FEWS assesses "...remotely sensed data and ground-based meteorological, crop, and rangeland conditions for early indications of potential famine areas."
Within the site's main page, users will find the listing of available issues for 1995-1997, presented in a table format. Selecting a month with an active link then displays the contents page of that month's issue of the publication. Users should scroll to view highlighted selection titles and normal features of the issue; selecting a title then displays its respective text. Also within the site's main page is a listing of FEWS special reports, each noted with its title and publication year. Selecting a report title displays its contents page. Users can scroll past the contents page to view the report or select a title from the table of contents to view a particular text.
At the bottom of the site's main page are links to "Kenya In Depth," the FEWS homepage, the USAID homepage, and FEWS contact information. The site is sponsored by the FEWS Project, United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Arlington, Virginia.
To Search:
Select issue from 199-51997 listings; select title from contents page to view text. Or select special reports title to view contents page; choose title from contents page to view text.
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