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Application Center (SEDAC), an element of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth


Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. There are presently 123 Contracting Parties to the Convention, with 1060 wetland sites, totalling 80.6 million hectares, designated for inclusion in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. The Ramsar web site includes a listing of key documents


UNDP Biodiversity Planning Support Programme


UN Framework Convention on Climate Change


International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)


World Heritage Convention

According to the World Heritage Convention, "cultural heritage" is a monument, group of buildings or site of historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological or anthropological value. "Natural heritage" designates outstanding physical, biological, and geological features; habitats of threatened plants or animal species and areas of value on scientific or aesthetic grounds or from the point of view of conservation.

UNESCO's World Heritage mission is to:

  • encourage countries to sign the Convention and ensure the protection of their own natural and cultural heritage
  • encourage States Parties to the Convention to nominate sites within their national territory for inclusion on the World Heritage List




A global link to all things sustainable development. Chances are, if it is on the web, ELDIS can help you find it quickly and easily.


International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)

IAIA is the leading global organisation concerned with best practice in environmental assessment, management and policy. It was established in 1980, bringing together researchers, practitioners and users of various types of impact assessment from around the world. Members include corporate planners and managers, public interest advocates, government planners and administrators, private consultants and policy analysts, academics and students from over 100 countries

IAIA seeks to (i) develop approaches and practices for comprehensive and integrated impact assessment, (ii) improve assessment procedures and methods for practical application, (iii) promote training of impact assessment and public understanding of the field, (iv) provide professional quality assurance by peer review and other means, and (v) share information networks, timely publications, and professional meetings..

International conferences are organised annually in conjunction with training programmes, as well as regional conferences, and IAIA publishes a quarterly journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. IAIA has also undertaken various projects with a range of strategic partners and international agencies.


Worldwatch Institute

Worldwatch is a non profit public policy research organization dedicated to informing policy-makers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems. It publishes the magazine, World Watch, as well as papers and books (e.g. the annual State of the World report copvering key themes, and annual Vital Signs covering key global trends).


MandE News

An excellent clearinghouse for news and resources on Monitoring and Evaluation. The site gives access to other practitioners and researchers undertaking M&E in a variety of contexts. Site creator Rick Davies has also done some interesting work on non-quantitative assessments of organizational change and performance.


Yearbook of International Co-operation on Environment and Development

Annual review and reference work on international co-operation on environment and development. An independent publication from the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, published by Earthscan Publications. It aims to demonstrate the international community's position on specific environment and development problems, the main obstacles to effective international solutions, and how to overcome them



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