Environmental Protection

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TD 169.5 Information Services

NOAA Environmental Services Data Directory

Summary:
NOAA Environmental Services Data Directory is a "...forms-based tool that allows users to search for publicly available environmental data held by public and private sources throughout the world." Data sources in the site "...include descriptions related to climatology, meteorology, ecology, pollution, geology, oceanography, and remote sensing satellites. The wide variety of data and data sources...makes it a valuable multidisciplinary tool for the scientist, the educator, researcher, or any member of the general public."
Links found at the top of the site's main page offer: (1) an overview of the directory and site; (2) FAQ; (3) how to search the site; (4) future plans for the directory; (5) technical information and site credits; and (6) a user comments area. Other features within the main page consist of detailed search information and access to searching methods, which include: (1) a full-text search; (2) designing one's own search with generic element/field names; (3) designing a search with Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDA) Metadata Standard; and (4) designing a search with the Government Information Locator System.
A full-text search offers selection of a database; the resulting query page has specification fields. For the latter three searches which involve designing a query page, the user will find a generic dat page or a listing of core search elements, from which a selection produces a specified search page with search fields contained therein. Filling in a search page then produces a listing of document titles; each title provides access to its complete record -- viewable in its original server. Users should note that texts of documents are not included within the NOAA Data Set Catalog; rather, the site provides access to the original server in which the text is contained.
The site is sponsored by the Environmental Information Services Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); U.S. Department of Commerce; Washington, D.C.
To Search:
Select search method from site's main page and fill in applicable fields or design own search page. Matching search results will offer document titles; each title provides access to its original server, where the document can be viewed.

TD 169.6 Directories

Environmental Atlas

Summary:
The Environmental Atlas is "...an Internet-based tool for researching environmental policy world-wide. The Atlas uses a standard set of criteria to categorize environmental conditions and policies and facilitates quick access to information about a single country, as well as comparisons between countries." The site is a division of the Green Plan Center (GPC) of the Resource Renewal Institute, which "...tracks environmental policy world wide, with a focus on developments that affect green planning."
Within the site are four major links. "Map-based atlas" offers a full-color map; users should select a continent of interest, then select a country or region. A listing of environmental policy WWW resources then appears, with sites listed in alphabetical order. Each site is noted with its title and a brief description of its contents; site titles are direct links to the WWW. The "Text-based atlas" produces a listing of continent names; users should select a region and then a country or state. The resulting list of WWW resources is then produced. Listings for some nations are still under construction; users should note that results of searches will vary greatly in number and scope.
The "how it works" link offers information on WWW resources for the site and on submissions information. "Background information" discusses the site and its creators. At the bottom of the site's main page are links to the Green Plan Center homepage and to e-mail the site's creators. The site is sponsored by the Green Plan Center of the Resource Renewal Institute; San Francisco, California.
To Search:
Select map-based on text-based atlas link; select continent and country to view listing of WWW resources. Titles of sites are direct links to the WWW.

Regional Roster of Experts and Institutions Working on Environmental and Sustainability Indicators

Summary:
The Regional Roster of Experts and Institutions Working on Environmental and Sustainability Indicators is a project of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). These two organizations initiated a project to develop environmental and sustainability indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean. This site reflects the regional network of these indicators and its database of experts and institutions working in this field. The site was originally produced in Spanish, but it is offered here in an English translation.
The site features a table of contents, whose topics are: (1) international institutions; (2) international institutes; (3) regional institutions; (4) countries (Central America and the Caribbean); (5) countries (South America); and (6) sample letter. For each category, the title is the link to its respective contents; users can find the number of total records for each site division at the beginning of its section. Listings are not in alphabetical order; users should scroll to view a topic's listings.
For each organization shown in the listings, the record contains: (1) the title of the organization, along with its acronym, city, and country of location; (2) indicator projects information; (3) quality indicators information; (4) contact individual's name; and (5) organization's fax and e-mail information. The "sample letter" link access a model letter from the site's creator, which was sent to an organization, asking them to participate in the site's construction.
The site is maintained by Manuel Winograd; United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT); Cali, Columbia.
To Search:
Select topic of interest from table of contents; then scroll through listings to reach desired records.

TD 171.5.E85 Special Regions or Countries. Other Regions or Countries. Eastern Europe

Beyond Boundaries: The International Dimensions of Public Participation for the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe: Manual on Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking

Summary:
Beyond Boundaries: The International Dimensions of Public Participation for the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe: [A] Manual on Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking, is a publication from the Regional Environmental Center (REC), an independent, non-profit, international organization. Its mission is "...to promote cooperation among diverse environmental groups and interests in Central and Eastern Europe; to act as a catalyst for developing solutions to environmental problems; and to promote the development of civil society." The REC "...assists environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), governments, businesses, and other environmental stakeholders to fulfill their role[s] in...Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia."
This site provides access to the publication for the user. Here, contents of the manual are displayed, as well as additional sources of information. In all cases, titles of chapters are the links to that respective information within the source. Part One of the manual focuses on international dimensions of public participation. Specific discussion points are: necessary elements; international agreements and mechanisms; transboundary context; and multilateral lending institutions. Part Two of the manual is devoted to case examples from cenbral and eastern Europe. Following this section are seven appendices, providing information on : case study questions; treaty classifications; bilateral agreements; selected legal provisions, and a selected bibliography. A glossary, an abbreviations guide, a preface, and regional map complete the contents of the site.
Access to the Regional Environmental Center (REC) web site, a keyword search area, a new information area, and a guest book are also available. When choosing to search, a field is provided for entering keywords to access the REC data center. Results can be viewed in both a text or table format.
The manual and its site are copyrighted and maintained by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC); Szentendre, Hungary.
To Search:
Select chapter title(s) from contents listing to view text. Or choose search engine and enter keyword(s) in provided field.

Developing Local and Regional Environmental Action Plans: Case Studies of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic

Summary:
Developing Local and Regional Environmental Action Plans: Case Studies of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the Slovak Republic is a publication from the Regional Environmental Center (REC), an independent, non-profit, international organization. Its missions is "...to promote cooperation among diverse environmental groups and interests in Central and Eastern Europe; to act as a catalyst for developing solutions to environmental problems; and to promote the development of civil society." The site is dedicated to case studies of REC work in former socialist countries which have developed economically but have not made environmental concerns top priorities on the local level. The studies document actions taken on behalf of the creation of a healthy environment within these nations.
Access to the publication occurs on the site's first page. Here, contents are displayed, as well as additional sources of information. In all cases, titles of sections or reports are the links to that repsective information within the soucre. The report's overview discusses the projects' background, environmental protection experience, and conclusions drawn from the work. Country reports feature the following locations: (1) Bulgaria -- the cities of Troyan and Stara Zagora; (2) the Czech Republic -- Kolin; (3) Hungary -- the RSD Ecoregion, Mosonmagyarovar, and Satoraljaujhegy; (4) Poland -- the cities of Radom and Elk; and (5) the Slovak Republic -- the Upper Nitra region. A preface, abbreviations guide, regional map, basic information on the countries and local culture, a table of the key characteristics of LEAP cases, and an annex complete the contents of the site.
Access to the Regional Environment Center (REC) web site, a keyword search area, a new information area, and a guest book are also available. When choosing to search, a field is provided for entering keywords to access the REC data center. Results can be viewed in both a text or table format.
The report and its site are copyrighted and maintained by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC); Szentendre, Hungary.
To Search:
Select country report title(s) from contents listing to view text. Or choose search engine and enter keyword(s) in provided field.

Government and Environment: A Directory of Governmental Organizations with Environmental Responsibilities for Central and Eastern Europe

Summary:
Government and Environment: A Directory of Governmental Organizations with Environmental Responsibilities for Central and Eastern Europe is a directory of organizations with an environmental focus found in the nations of central and eastern Europe. It is a service of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), established "...to promote cooperation among diverse environmental groups and interests [in this area]...to act as a catalyst for developing solutions to environmental problems; and to promote the development of civil society." Beneficiary countries of the REC's activities are: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia.
The directory's main page offers the following fields for searching: (1) country name; (2) subject; (3) responsible institute; (4) contact person; (5) responsibilities; (6) monitoring sector; and (7) activities. Within certain search fields, records can be very narrowed; the "country name" field allows choices from all participating REC nations. The "subject" field offers four options; the "monitoring sector" field offers 53 choices. Once selections have been made and the search is activated, the user will view a list of matching entries. Each title opens its respective record within the directory.
Records of organizations will vary among countries and among titles within the same nation. At their greatest scope, the entries will reflect: the name of the organization; the organization's business address (including phone and fax numbers); statistics concerning the budget and number of employees; the history of the organization (as seen in data); names of responsible officials; key contact personnel (noted with titles, phone and fax numbers); responsibilities of the organization; and its sub-national structures, with their corresponding dutires. At the bottom of the site's main page are links to the homepage of the REC, a new information area, a search engine for the REC web site, and a guestbook area.
The directory and its contents are maintained by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC); Szentendre, Hungary.
To Search:
Fill in applicable search fields within site's main page. Submit search to view matching records lists. Within list, select title to view complete entry.

Manual on Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking: Current Practice and Future Possibilities in Central and Eastern Europe

Summary:
Manual on Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking: Current Practice and Future Possibilities in Central and Eastern Europe is a publication from the Regional Environmental Center (REC), an independent, non-profit, international organization. Its mission is "...to promote cooperation among diverse environmental groups and interests in Central and Eastern Europe; to act as a catalyst for developing solutions to environmental problems; and to promote the development of civil society." This site is dedicated to discussions and case studies involving REC workers, in former socialist countries, who are enacting public participation in those regions, particularly with citizens, industry, and non-governmental organizations (NGO's).
Access to the publication occurs through the site's main page. Here, contents are displayed, as well as additional sources of information. In all cases, titles of sections or reports are the links to that respective information within the source. The core of the publication is found in Part One, a compilation of articles written by REC workers. The first, "Public Participation as an Instrument for Environmental Protection," discusses the role of NGO's and instruments in the process. "Public Participation in Practice: How to get Started" outlines environmental problems, objectives and options, as well as how to get information on such problems. The third article, "Public Participation in Central and Eastern Europe," discusses problems of definition and recent history, the political and legal processes, as well as public forum. Part Two of the text is a series of country reports, one from each REC nation -- Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia., Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
A pair of annex documents are included in the text; the first is entitled, "An Overview of Various Forms of Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking." The second annex is a list of experts in the field. A preface and introduction complete the contents of the site. Access to the Regional Environment center (REC) web site, a keyword search area, a new information area, and a guest book are also available. A final link is provided to the Baltic supplement of this publication. When choosing to search the REC site, a field is provided for entering keywords to access the REC data center. Results can be viewed in both a text and table format.
The publication and its site are copyrighted and maintained by the Regional Environment Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC); Szentendre, Hungary.
To Search:
Select portion of text's contents from main page area. Titles are direct links to respective records. Or choose search engine and enter keyword(s) in provided field.

Manual on Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking: Current Practice and Future Possibilities in Central and Eastern Europe: Baltic Supplement

Summary:
Manual on Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking: Current Practice and Future Possibilities in Central and Eastern Europe: Baltic Supplement is a publication from the Regional Environmental Center (REC), an independent, non-profit, international organization. Its mission is "...to promote cooperation among diverse environmental groups and interests in Central and Eastern Europe; to act as a catalyst for developing solutions to environmental problems; and to promote the development of civil society." The organization concentrates its efforts in Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. This site is the companion and supplement to the REC's manual on public participation, focusing particularly on the Baltic nations.
Access to the supplement occurs within the site's homepage. Here, contents are displayed, as well as additional sources of information. In all cases, titles of sections or reports are the links to that respective information within the source. The text focuses primarily on presenting reports from three nations: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Aside from these texts, the site features a forward, introduction, a list of contacts in the field of public participation, and an address list. Also of note is the provided link to the supplement's parent source, the Manual on Public Participation in Environmental Decisionmaking: Current Practice and Future Possibilities in Central and Eastern Europe.
Access to the Regional Environment Center (REC) web site, a keyword search area, a new information area, and a guest book are also available. When choosing to search, a field is provided for entering keywords to access the REC data center. Results can be viewed in both a text or table format.
The report and its site are copyrighted and maintained by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC); Szentendre, Hungary.
To Search:
Select portion of text for viewing by choosing its title. Or choose search engine and enter keyword(s) in provided field.

NGO Directory for Central and Eastern Europe

Summary:
The NGO Directory for Central and Eastern Europe lists environmental, non-governmental organizations in Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Yugoslavia. The site is a service of the Regional Environmental Center (REC), an independent, non-profit, international organization. Its mission is "...to promote cooperation among diverse environmental groups and interests in Central and Eastern Europe; to act as a catalyst for developing solutions to environmental problems; and to promote the development of civil society." This site is dedicated to providing NGO information for former socialist countries.
Users will find five search fields on the site's main page: Country; Town; Original Name; English Name; and Keywords. Within two of the fields, selections can be made via the screen's contents. Once information has been given, the search is activated. Resulting records will list the names and locations of organizations which match the specified search criteria. Selecting an organization from the list reveals its complete record, which features: (1) a general information area, including the organization's name, business address, telephone, fax, and e-mail information; (2) a contact person; (3) year of founding; (4) number of members; (5) umbrella organization; (6) level of working; (7) foreign languages; (8) publications; (9) objectives; (10) activities; (11) specific interests; and (12) comments on the organization by the site's creators.
At the bottom of the site's main page are links to four REC areas of interest: the site's homepage, the new additions area, the search engine, and the guestbook, where users register. The directory and its site are sponsored by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC); Szentendre, Hungary.
To Search:
Fill in applicable search fields on site's main page. Then select organization of interest from matching records. Full record for organization will then be displayed.

Status of National Environmental Action Programs in Central and Eastern Europe: Case Studies of Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia

Summary:
Status of National Environmental Action Programs in Central and Eastern Europe: Case Studies of Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia is a publication from the Regional Environmental Center (REC), an independent, non-profit, international organization. Its mission is "...to promote cooperation among diverse environmental groups and interests in Central and Eastern Europe; to act as a catalyst for developing solutions to environmental problems; and to promote the development of civil society." The document contained in this site is a report which "...aims at assessing the progress made in adopting an environmental protection strategy which is consistent with a market-based economic performance."
Upon accessing the site, the user will find links to the information on REC subscriptions, an online registration form, and a list of REC publications. Only registered users can view the country reports contained within the document; all other areas are accessible to non-REC members. The site's main page displays the report's table of contents: (1) "Preface"; (2) "Basic Country Information in CEE and the Baltic States"; (3) "Regional Overview"; (4) "Country Reports"; and (5) two annexes, an abbreviations section, and copyright information. Within the "Country Reports" section, users will find a report for each REC participating nation.
Downloading the Adobe Acrobat version of the report is possible through a link provided at the bottom of the site. Also given is access to the REC homepage, a keyword search area, a new information area, and a guest book. When choosing to search, a field is provided for entering keywords to access the REC data center. Results can be viewed in both a text or table format.
The report and its site are copyrighted and maintained by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC); Szentendre, Hungary.
To Search:
Select title of interest from table of contents to view text. Or choose search engine and enter keyword(s) into provided field.

Status of Public Participation Practices in Environmental Decisionmaking in Central and Eastern Europe: Case Studies of Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia

Summary:
Status of Public Participation Practices in Environmental Decisionmaking in Central and Eastern Europe: Case Studies of Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia is a publication from the Regional Environmental Center (REC), an independent, non-profit, international organization. Its mission is "...to promote cooperation among diverse environmental groups and interests in Central and Eastern Europe; to act as a catalyst for developing solutions to environmental problems; and to promote the development of civil society." The report contained within this site "...provides an assessment of the current state of affairs in the region. It examines the legal and non-formal framework for publication participation in environmental decision making, evaluating ongoing practices, summing up achievements and limitations, and identifying future needs."
At the top of the site, users will find links to the REC subscriptions area, an online registration form, and a list of REC publications. The "Regional Overview" chapter of this document is accessible only to registered users; all other areas are accessible to non-REC publication members. The site's main page offers the report's table of contents: (1) "Preface"; (2) "Introduction"; (3) "Basic Country Information in CEE and the Baltic States"; (4) "Regional Overview"; (5) "Country Reports"; and (6) five annexes, an abbreviations section, and a copyright area. All REC nations are represented among the country reports within the document.
Access to the Regional Environmental Center (REC) web site, a keyword search area, a new information area, and a guest book are also available. When choosing to search, a field is provided for entering keywords to access the REC data center. Results can be viewed in both a text or table format.
The report and its site are copyrighted and maintained by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC); Szentendre, Hungary.
To Search:
Select title of interest from table of contents to view text. Or choose search engine and enter keyword(s) in provided field.

Strategic Environmental Issues in Central and Eastern Europe

Summary:
Strategic Environmental Issues in Central and Eastern Europe is a publication from the Regional Environmental Center (REC), an independent, non-profit, international organization. Its mission is "...to promote cooperation among diverse environmental groups and interests in Central and Eastern Europe; to act as a catalyst for developing solutions to environmental problems; and to promote the development of civil society." The REC "...assists environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), governments, businesses, and other environmental stakeholders to fulfill their role[s] in...Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia." The intention of this report is to "...map out the ideas of environmental experts from CEE countries regarding strategic environmental issues."
The site consists of the two volumes of the REC regional report in this subject area. The annex within Volume One and the country reports contained in Volume Two are accessible only to REC registered users. Links to REC subscriptions, an online registration form, and a list of REC publications are found at the top of the site's main page. The users should scroll past the contents of Volume One to view the contents of Volume Two. The topics shown within Volume One include: (1) "Preface"; (2) "Executive Summary"; (3) "Experiences and Lessons from the Transition Period"; (4) "Challenges Ahead"; (5) "Key Environmental Needs"; (6) "Interest Groups"; (7) "Conclusions"; and (8) the annex, with its introduction and accompanying nine chapters.
Contents within Volume Two include: (1) "Preface"; (2) "Basic Country Information"; (3) "List of Abbreviations"; (4) "Ten Country Reports"; and (5) two appendices and the copyright area. Links are provided for viewing the texts in Adobe Acrobat format, as well as links to the REC WWW site, its keyword search engine, its new information area, and its guest book. When choosing to search, a field is provided for entering keywords to access the REC data center. Results can be viewed in both a text or table format.
The report and its site are copyrighted and maintained by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC); Szentendre, Hungary.
To Search:
Select topic of choice from tables of contents to view text. Or choose search engine and enter keyword(s) in provided field.
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