Global links

We provide this list of related initiatives, organisations and networks.  For the most updated and complete materials, visit their sites. 

APFORGEN, the Asia Pacific Genetic Resources Programme is a programme and network to increase conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in the Asia Pacific region. APFORGEN aims to support and link national forest programmes, research institutions, NGOs and individuals interested in forest genetic resources in the region.

The BMZ/GTZ Forest Certification Project supports the process of forest certification in selected developing countries as well as at an international level.

Conservation International (CI) uses science, economics, policy, and community involvement to promote biodiversity conservation in tropical rain forests and other endangered ecosystems worldwide. It is a field-based, non-profit organisation that protects the Earth's biologically richest areas and helps the people who live there improve their quality of life.

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was established (Article 24) to support the goals of the convention. Its principal functions are to prepare for, and service meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COP) and other subsidiary bodies of the convention, and to coordinate with other relevant international bodies.

The Systemwide Programme on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) is an intercentre initiatives of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) to foster research and promote collaboration on institutional aspects of natural resource management among CGIAR research centres, national agricultural research institutions, and other sources. Its secretariat is hosted by the Environment and Production Technology Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. The programme stresses comparative research that yields international public goods. The conceptual framework deals explicitly with the effect of differences in the biophysical, socioeconomic, and policy environment. At the same time, it recognises the value of comparisons that cut across countries, ecoregions, and resources. An understanding of the factors that facilitate effective local organisations and appropriate property regimes in one resource sector can provide valuable insights for another resource.

EcoEarth.Info - This site is an environmental portal and search engine with news and blog feeds.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit organisation with a mission to promote sustainable patterns of world development through collaborative research, policy studies, consensus building and public information.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) advances policy recommendations on international trade and investment economic instruments, climate change, measurement and indicators and natural resource management. It also hosts Linkages, a resource for development policymakers.

The International Model Forest Network (IMFN) fosters cooperation and collaboration in the advancement of management, conservation and sustainable development of forest resources through a worldwide network of working model forests.

The Ecoregional Fund to support methodological initiatives at International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) Since the early 1990s, the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research has supported the establishment of a series of ecoregional programmes. These are typically consortia, involving national agricultural research systems, international agricultural research centres, advanced research institutes, nongovernmental organisations, and local and national government agencies that aim at resolving major development problems related to the sustainable use of natural resources within an ecoregion.

FORAFRI supports research on forests and the evaluation of scientific knowledge. Launched in 1996, the project has aimed to develop research on forests in African countries in the western coastal region and in central Africa. The project focuses on promoting scientific research in dense humid forests in these regions. 

Forestry and Society Network, established in 1992, is a nationwide community forestry network in China. Their goal is to collect, disseminate and exchange experiences, models and relevant information on community forestry.

GFIS Asia is a collaboration project to elaborate further on the Global Forest Information Service with potential partners from key forestry institutes in Asia by defining a common goal in order to continue to develop opportunities for joint action in the region.

International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) is an intergovernmental organisation promoting the sustainable management, use, conservation and trade of tropical forest resources. It develops internationally agreed policy documents and assists tropical member countries to adapt these to local circumstances and to implement them in the field. It also collects, analyses and disseminates data on the production and trade of tropical timber. The site contains detailed information on ITTO's programme of work, downloadable TFU articles, a large library of reports, news releases and other resources.

Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development is an autonomous international conservation, research and development organisation formed by agreement between the Government of Guyana and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is a bridge between the people of Japan and developing countries, giving advanced international cooperation through the sharing of knowledge and experience and working to build a more peaceful and prosperous world. See also the website in Japanese and JICA Indonesia.

The Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC). RECOFTC's vision, mission and objectives are guided by the potential of community forestry management regimes to contribute both to sustainable forest management and to the needs of more than a billion rural people in Asia who depend on forest resources for their livelihoods.

Sustainable Development Programme The Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA), also known as Chatham House, is one of the world's leading institutes for the analysis of international issues. RIIA is membership-based and aims to help individuals and organisations to be at the forefront of developments in an ever-changing and increasingly complex world.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) is the world's largest conservation-related organisation, bringing together states, government agencies, NGOs, affiliates, scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. The CEESP is the IUCN's Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy.

World Bank founded in 1944, the World Bank supports programmes that are intended to reduce poverty and improve living standards in the developing world through loans, policy advice and technical assistance.

World Commission of Forest and Sustainable Development (WCFSD) is an InterAction Council, grouping together some 30 former heads of government and state, set up following the Earth Summit in 1992 to increase awareness of the dual function of world forests in preserving the natural environment and contributing to economic development, broaden the consensus on the data, science and policy aspects of forest conservation and management and build confidence between North and South on forest matters with emphasis on international cooperation.

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is the world's largest independent conservation organisation, with around 5 million supporters and a global network of 27 national organisations, 5 associates and 21 programme offices.  

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