Recommended Links

Category: Communications

Project: NEXSO

Organization: InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) – Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)

Languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Country/Region: Global

Summary: NEXSO is an online platform created by the InterAmerican Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) to promote and support its funded development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. The site includes a library of projects (or “solutions”) with geographical data, as well as a template for creating new projects, available to approved, registered users. Development stakeholders and entrepreneurs can use the site to share their projects and learn from their colleagues’ ongoing efforts. Project information includes challenges, methodology, budget, and implementation details.

Project: Open Data

Organization: World Bank

Languages: English, Spanish, French, Arabic

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The World Bank’s Open Data initiative provides free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the world. Data is searchable by country and includes topics such as urban development, health, and infrastructure and indicators such as agriculture value added per worker, percentage of threatened mammal species, and birth rate. There is also a regularly updated news page featuring statistical highlights, a “how-to” guide for the Web site, and a DataFinder app for iPhone.

Project: NatureandPoverty.net

Organization: IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands

Languages: English, Spanish, French

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The Nature & Poverty Knowledge and Learning Network was formed through the cooperation of the World Conservation Union (IUCN); 17 conservation, development, and research organizations; and a variety of NGO partners throughout the world. The site aims to increase understanding of the links between conservation and poverty alleviation. It is divided into three primary areas: users can connect with people and organizations working in their field, learn about relevant events, and search for information sorted by theme; they can share case studies, best practices, and other news through a discussion forum; and they can find tools, resources, and reports through a searchable database.

Organization: National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)

Language: English

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is a broad, collaborative program to provide resource managers, scientists, educators, and the general public with increased access to data and information about biological resources. Information can be searched by species, organism group, habitat type, ecological topic, and geographic perspective. NBII focuses on the management, use, and conservation of biological resources in the United States, and also features a section about international activities and initiatives. NBII features "Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy", an open-access online journal that disseminates information on sustainability issues in support of a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Project: Earth Portal

Language: English

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The Earth Portal aims to provide a comprehensive resource for current, objective, science-based information about the global environment. All information on the site is submitted and edited by experts. The site is organized into three portals: the Encyclopedia of Earth features articles, e-books and reports, interactive maps, and biographies; Earth News includes breaking news updates from many sources; and Earth Forum connects the public with experts in discussions and community debates.

Organization: Observatorio del Desarrollo, Universidad de Costa Rica

Language: Spanish

Country/Region: Mesoamerica, with a focus on Costa Rica

Summary: The University of Costa Rica's Development Observatory Web site (Observatorio del Desarrollo) contains news and economic, social, and environmental indicators for Mesoamerica and, in particular, for Costa Rica, dating from 1950. The goal is to provide information for decision-making purposes on the environment and development, quality of life, and the development of new computer technology. The site features online publications, an electronic bulletin, interesting links to Web sites with information about Latin America, and a sustainable development network for organizations, projects, networks, and other services in the sector.

Organization: Organization for Tropical Studies

Languages: English, Spanish

Country/Region: Costa Rica

Summary: The National Bibliography on Tropical Biology, an initiative of the Organization for Tropical Studies, is a database holding references for more than 13,000 available scientific reports, in English and Spanish, published about Costa Rica in the last decade. For example, the database includes information about 2,712 publications related to new species described in the country. Browsers can search by scientific names or keyword in English or Spanish. Results include the publication name, date of publication, name of the authors and contact information, and a brief summary of the report. Publications in the database relate to biology, agriculture, forestry, geology, volcanology, and the environmental sciences.

Organization: Museo entomológico de León y Alianza para las Áreas Silvestres (ALAS)

Languages: Spanish

Country/Region: Nicaragua

Summary: Bio-Nica features information on the biodiversity of Nicaragua through an index of categories, where users can find a list of articles and publications available online, or that have been published by colleagues of the Museo Entomológico and ALAS. Some of the articles are in English and others are in Spanish.

Organization: IABIN (Inter-American Biodiversity
Information Network)

Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Country/Region: The Americas

Summary: The IABIN Web site is a digital library of biodiversity data in the Americas. The Web site features six resources in its "Biodiversity Tools" section, including the Geospatial Network, which provides geospatial maps for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean; BioBot: the Biological Search Engine for the Internet; an overview of the protocols and standards IABIN uses for data collection; the IABIN Invasives Information Network Project (i3n), which provides information on invasive species in 13 countries; a list of links to biodiversity information databases in the Americas; and a quick guide to biodiversity informatics. In its "Thematic Networks" section, IABIN provides detailed information on how to search the site for data organized by specimens, species, ecosystems, invasive species, pollinators, and protected areas. The Web site also features information about upcoming meetings and workshops, as well as detailed information on the structure and governance of IABIN itself.

Project: Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE)

Language: English, Spanish, French

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) Web site, managed by the United Nations Environment Programme, Yale University, and major science and technology publishers, aims to provide global environmental research to environmental scientists, researchers, and policy makers in the developing world for free or at nominal cost. Users can create an account by completing a form on the "Register" page, and may be eligible for free access to publications listed on the site; to see if your organization or institution is eligible for free access, visit the "Eligibility" page. The site's main feature, the "Journals" page, features a list of publications, with links to their Web sites, where users can search through archives and read abstracts of published articles. This page also allows users to search by subject category, language of publication, or publisher.

Organization: Institute for Connectivity in the Americas

Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, French

Country/Region: The Americas

Summary: The Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA) works to connect people and their ideas in the Americas through information and communication technology (ICT). Its Web site shows how it supports knowledge creation and training, forms alliances and co-finances projects, creates economic prosperity, and fosters development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Some of ICA's partners are the Government of Canada, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Development Research Centre, the Organization of American States and the World Bank.

Project: Conservation Commons

Language: English

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The Conservation Commons is a consortium of conservation organizations that seek to provide open access to scientific information, experiences, and best practices in biodiversity conservation. The Web site features information about the principles of the Commons, participating organizations, future events, and key project goals.

Project: Social Mobilization Database

Language: English, Spanish and Portuguese

Country/Region: Brazil

Summary: This Web site is a database of development projects in Brazil, managed by the Committee of Entities in the Struggle against Hunger and for a Full Life and partner organizations. The site aims to encourage information exchange and create partnerships. The database is searchable by project name, stage of project completion, geographic area, focus, and project need. Project profiles include information on managing organization, partners, beneficiaries, summary, and contact information. The information on profiles is only displayed in Portuguese, but includes a link to a free online translation service.

Project: Iniciativa Mexicana de Aprendizaje para la Conservación (IMAC)

Language: Spanish

Country/Region: Mexico

Summary: This Web site features the work of the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (FMCN), The Nature Conservancy, and PACT (Private Agencies Collaborating Together), including 1,146 topics related to the conservation of natural resources. The site presents information on organizational structure; systematization of experiences and the promotion of better practices; identification of experts, resources, materials, and contacts; exchange of knowledge; training and technical assistance; and the portal to disseminate, publish, discuss, and access pertinent information.

Project: Sustainable Development Online

Language: English

Country/Region: Global

Summary: Sustainable Development Online provides a listing of special events and conferences related to sustainable development and best environmental practices, lists and summarizes vocational education and training courses available in the European Union that encompass sustainable development, and includes a database of initiatives that have been undertaken to address the specific needs of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Project: ConserveOnline

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Country/Region: N/A

Summary: ConserveOnline is an online library of conservation reports, with an indexed database of best practices, published and unpublished reports, case studies, data, software, and maps.

Project: Environmental News Network

Language: English

Country/Region: N/A

Summary: ENN.com is a daily online magazine featuring environmental news, live chats, interactive quizzes, daily feature stories, forums for debate, audio, video and more. These components are all aimed at educating users about important conservation issues, while giving them the tools to make a difference in their own communities.

Project: Green Treks Network, Inc.

Language: English

Country/Region: Global

Summary: GreenTreks Network, Inc. shares stories about environmental protection through television documentaries, how-to videos, web programs, radio documentaries and print media. Their Web site features video clips, educational resources, an events calendar and a message board, and information about their programs.

Project: Ecology and Science

Organization: Resilience Alliance

Language: English

Country/Region: Global

Summary: This site provides online access to Ecology and Society, the journal formerly known as Conservation Ecology. The current issue, as well as all previous volumes are available on the site. Each issue contains editorials, reports, essays, book reviews, and discussions related to conservation issues. Articles frequently feature peer-reviews, published responses, or non-peer reviewed comments. The Web site also features news highlights and special features.

Project: Sustainable Development Update (SDU)

Organizations: Albaeco, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Environment Policy Division (Sida)

Language: English

Country/Region: Global

Summary: SDU is an online newsletter that focuses on the connections between ecology, society, and the economy. Albaeco works with Stolkolm Univeristy, the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, Resilience Alliance and the Stolholm Environment Institute. Issued six times a year, SDU contains editorials, features, "sustainability school", and briefs on current interdisciplinary environmental topics. Each brief provides links to other sites and published articles with more information.

Project: TakingITGLobal

Languages: English, French, Spanish

Country/Region: Global

Summary: "TakingITGlobal" is a database of projects about access/right to education, biodiversity, climate change, consumption, environment, nature and wildlife, pollution, science & technology, sustainable development, travel & migration, and more. As an international organization, TakingITGlobal reaches across a wide variety of cultures in local and global communities to inspire and educate youth, and provide a forum for information exchange.

Organization: Science and Development Network

Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The brainchild of staff members of the prestigious British scientific journal Nature, the Science and Development Network offers up-to-date and reliable information on science and technology issues of concern to developing countries. Four regional gateways, such as the one dedicated to Latin America, include news, features, and op-ed pieces from various publications (mostly British) on science, development, and the environment in that region, all of which is updated weekly and archived in a searchable database.