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Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) involved in Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainable Development

Item ECOFAC - Conservation et utilisation rationnelle des écosystèmes forestiers d'Afrique centrale - C'est en Afrique centrale que se trouve le second massif forestier de notre planète. après celui de l'Amazonie. D'une diversité sans équivalent, sa richesse reste encore très mal connue. Basée sur une exploitation rationnelle facteur de développement, la forêt constitue une ressource importante pour de nombreux pays africains. Mais elle est avant tout un ensemble, interdépendances entre les hommes, les plantes et les animaux. Sans ces derniers, elle s'appauvrit irrémédiablement faute de vecteurs de reproduction. Le maintien de la biodiversité d'un tel milieu garantit son avenir. Le programme ECOFAC est né de ce constat; il a fait siennes deux notions fondamentales et complémentaires : conservation et développement. Concrétisant un engagement de l'Union Européenne, il participe à la préservation ainsi qu'à l'utilisation rationnelle des écosystèmes forestiers en Afrique centrale. Dans un contexte complexe, il cherche à concilier développement et conservation d'un milieu naturel, en y associant étroitement les populations forestières.
Item Resources for the Future - RFF is a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank located in Washington, DC that conducts independent research rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences on environmental and natural resource issues.  Founded in 1952, RFF was created at the recommendation of then-CBS Chairman William Paley, who had just chaired a presidential commission that looked into whether the U.S. was becoming overly dependent on foreign sources of important natural resources. Paley was one of the first to recognize the importance of an organization devoted exclusively to natural resource and environmental issues
Item World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Item The Nature Conservancy  - Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has been working with communities, businesses and individual people to protect more than 98 million acres around the world.  Its mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Conservancy members are approximately 1 million, and has started the largest private conservation campaign ever undertaken: $1 billion to save 200 of the world's Last Great Places.
Item World Resources Institute - World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent nonprofit organization with a staff of more than 100 scientists, economists, policy experts, business analysts, statistical analysts, mapmakers, and communicators.  It is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives.  The World Resources Institute's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations
Item IUCN - Founded in 1948, the World Conservation Union brings together States, government agencies and a diverse range of non-governmental organizations in a unique world partnership: over 980 members in all, spread across some 140 countries. IUCN's 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".  As a Union, IUCN seeks 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. A central secretariat coordinates the IUCN Programme and serves the Union membership, representing their views on the world stage and providing them with the strategies, services, scientific knowledge and technical support they need to achieve their goals. The World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) mission is "to promote the establishment and effective management of a world-wide representative network of terrestrial and marine protected areas, as an integral contribution to the IUCN mission."

Item Worldwatch Institute - Founded by Lester Brown in 1974, the Worldwatch Institute offers a unique blend of interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing that has made it a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Their work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society—and how to achieve it.  The credibility and accessibility of Worldwatch research has made their publications popular among a cross-section of society, from government and business decisionmakers to the media, students, and the general public. Since the first Worldwatch Paper was published in 1975, the Institute has broadened discussion of environmental and social issues by analyzing them from a global and interdisciplinary perspective.  Building a world where we meet our own needs without denying future generations a healthy society is not impossible, but the challenge is to mobilize governments, businesses, and civil society to construct economies that are healthy for both people and the planet, reports State of the World 2003. According to the 20th anniversary edition of the Worldwatch Institute’s award-winning report, scaling up recent successes in curbing infection, increasing the income of the poor, and advancing the use of renewable energy, among others, would soon put the world’s economy on a more sustainable path

Item African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) - For more than 40 years, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has focused exclusively on the continent of Africa. Through these years AWF has played a major role in ensuring the continued existence of some of Africa's most rare and treasured species such as the elephant, the mountain gorilla, rhinoceros and cheetah. AWF has performed extensive scientific research and feasibility studies to select and prioritize Africa's most viable conservation landscapes. In these vast conservation landscapes, called Heartlands, which frequently cross national boundaries, AWF works with local partners to undertake concrete activities that protect more land for conservation while mitigating threats to these valuable resources.  Seven Heartlands have been initially identified: Four Corners (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia); Kilimanjaro (Kenya and Tanzania); Limpopo (Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe); Maasai Steppe (Tanzania); Samburu (Kenya); Virunga (Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo); and Zambezi (Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique)..
Item GRAIN - Genetic Resources Action International - Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN) is an international non-governmental organisation which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge.

Item The BIOTRADE Initiative - UNCTAD launched the BIOTRADE Initiative in 1996 during the third Conference of the Parties (COP3) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Its mission is to stimulate trade and investment in biological resources to further sustainable development in line with the three objectives of the CBD. The Convention's objectives are the conservation of biological diversity; sustainable use of its components; and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources.  Mandate: BIOTRADE responds to the Plan of Action of UNCTAD, and the trade related aspects of CBD Art. 10 on "Sustainable use of components of biological diversity" and Art. 11 on "Incentive measures". It also responds to the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), in particular §66 (l) (fifth session), which stresses the urgent need "to provide incentive measures at national, regional and international levels to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, by enhancing developing countries' capabilities to compete in the emerging market for biological resources, while improving the functioning of this market".  The Initiative has established a number of partnerships with national and regional organizations with the aim of setting up programmes that enhance the capability of developing countries to produce value-added products and services derived from biodiversity, for both domestic and international markets. These partner organizations, in turn, have their networks of local organizations working in the field, which allows them to address all aspects of the value chain of natural products in a cost-efficient manner. The Implementation of the Initiative is based on an integrated approach comprising three complementary and mutually reinforcing components:   Country and regional programmes; ·         Policy development and trade facilitation Internet services.


NGOs involved in Science and Biodiversity related Research

Item International Science Foundation - IFS is an NGO providing support to developing country scientists to conduct, in a developing country, relevant and high quality research on the management, use, and conservation of biological resources and their environment. IFS believes that the interests of both science and development are best served by promoting and nurturing the research efforts of young science graduates, who are at the beginning of their research careers. Since 1974, IFS has provided support, mainly in the form of small research grants, to over 3,200 scientists in 99 developing countries.
Item  Stockholm Environment Institute - SEI bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development at local, national, regional and global scales.
Item International Organization for Chemical Sciences in Development - Helping developing countries build capacity in chemistry. IOCD, a non-governmental and nonprofit agency, chartered in Belgium, was created in 1981 when scientists from 15 countries met at UNESCO in Paris to find an effective way to support chemists in developing countries. They set up scientific working groups for collaborative research with chemists in developing countries on topics in the fields of health, agriculture and industry. Governing IOCD is an Executive Committee, comprised of its officers and working group chairpersons. A Senior Advisory Council of distinguished scientists, three of whom are Nobel Laureates, provides advice on request. IOCD is a Member Organization of IFS and an Associated Organization of IUPAC.
Item Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme (BDCP) - is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, knowledge based organization dedicated to creating innovative mechanisms for sustainable development that encompass the interface between health and the environment
Item Conservation International - CI's mission is to conserve the Earth's living natural heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature.
Item Le CRDI une introduction (guide des chercheurs) - The International Development Research Centre is a public corporation created by the Canadian government to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research.
Item Wildlife Conservation Research Unit - The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, known as the WildCRU, has a mission to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems by undertaking original research on aspects of fundamental biology relevant to wildlife conservation and environmental management. Our key objectives are to do good science in order to effect improvements in environmental policy. We also seek to train and develop conservation biologists within the WildCRU, and to educate a wider public.
Item The Barbara Delano Foundation - Supporting Wildlife Conservation - BDF has more recently changed its focus to wildlife habitat and species protection. BDF has current assets of approximately US$40 million and annually distributes over US$1.5 million in grants ranging from US$1,000 to US$250,000. Occasionally capital grants are given for land purchases and endowments. BDF funding is dedicated to international programs primarily in developing countries. Funds support anti-poaching efforts and small hands-on organizations with low overheads and cutting-edge conservation programs. These programs are dedicated to protecting some of the world's most important flagship species and their habitats and ecosystems. BDF will consider applications for support of the conservation and habitat protection of the following animals: bears, elephants, exotic birds, great apes, large cats, marine mammals, marine turtles, rhinos, and sharks.  BDF prefers to support organizations that focus on fieldwork and avoid heavy administrative costs. In exceptional circumstances, BDF will consider emergency funding. 

Item Rudolf Steiner Foundation RSF is inspired by the insights of Rudolf Steiner, an innovative and far-reaching social philosopher of the early 20th century. He encouraged human beings to practice self-knowledge in order to rise above materialism and to take responsibility for the condition of the world. RSF accepts this responsibility by working with the social principles of freedom in cultural life, equality in political affairs, and interdependence in a sustainable economy. RSF carries out its services on a worldwide basis through philanthropic management, community investment, lending, grantmaking, advising, and educational programs. Funding areas include: Children and education, Environment and sciences, Sustainable agriculture, Arts and culture, Economic and social renewal, Disadvantaged communities, Medicine and healing, Spiritual and religious renewal.

Item Biodiversity Service - The Biodiversity Service seeks to promote and facilitate the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity in CEE/NIS countries by providing demand-driven and tailor-made assistance in implementing national biodiversity strategies and action plans.
Item Biodiversity Conservation Network - After seven years, the Biodiversity Conservation Network shut its doors on September 30, 1999. BCN was established to test hypotheses about the conditions under which community-based enterprises can lead to conservation. BCN's legacy of analytic research and on-the-ground project support lives on through a collection of publications now available through BSP and the BSP Web site.  Please note that this BCN Web site is no longer being updated. 

Item The Biodiversity Support Program BSP was operated from 1989-2001 as a consortium of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and World Resources Institute (WRI) and was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). BSP's mission was to promote conservation of the world's biological diversity believing that a healthy and secure living resource base is essential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations. BSP carried out its mission by supporting projects that combined conservation with social and economic development.

NGOs involved in Human Development and Human Rights

Item Minority Rights Group International - MRG is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with an international governing Council which meets twice a year, and with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.  MRG works to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide, and to promote cooperation and understanding between communities.   MRG has been working with and on behalf of non-dominant ethnic, religious and linguistic communities for over 30 years. They listen to minorities and indigenous peoples to avoid prescriptive and patronizing approaches, and have some 130 partners in some 60 countries. They work within a clear framework of international standards in a non-partisan way, and seek to persuade decision-makers and communities of the need for long-term, sustainable change. MRG also seeks to raise awareness of the situation of minorities and indigenous peoples among the general public.
Item Coordination SUD - ONG - Solidarité - Urgence - Développement - Humanitaire - Coordination SUD (Solidarity, Urgency, Development), created in 1994, today includes more than 100 NGOs. These associations conduct emergency missions and support development projects ; they also work in France to promote public awareness about international aid. They share an ethic chart to lead emergency missions and developing programs for vulnerable population - English Version

Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad

NATO Environment Clearing House System

OECD links and related information on biodiversity 

Sommet Mondial sur le Développement Durable de Johannesbourg  Site France

Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development  - UN Site

BRG - Bureau des Ressources Génetiques

BSP Africa and Madagascar  

Bioecon ¦ Biodiversity and Economics for Conservation

CGRFA News and Events

WGTRR - Declarations and Statements Contents

BCN Genetic Resources Utilization - Critical Issues in Conservation and Community Development.


Research NGOs



Fauna & Flora International - Mountain Gorillas



Labs & Research Institutes

GCTE - Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystem (GCTE) is a Core Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), an international scientific research programme established in 1986 by the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU).

MDD July-August 1999 Combinatorial biosynthesis Panning for Pharmaceutical Gold

Metabolic engineering of astaxanthin production in tobacco flowers

Rapport d'activité de l'unité Immunologie Structurale pour l'année 2001

Singapore - Research Groups - Antony D. BUSS

Institute for Tuberculosis Research - Projects to Drug Discovery

Japan - Research Project on Microbial Resource Sciences

Japan - The 5th Workshop on Microbial Resources

Jeffrey D. Esko, Ph.D. UCSD

Curriculum Vitae - John H. Barton  

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Applications of NASA Technology to Biodiversity Conservation - Australia CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization


Grants - USA


FIC - Economic Development and Biodiversity

FIC - International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG)

FIC - Natural Products Bio-Assay Facilities Available

grant NIH antiviral screening




UC Discovery Grant - Biotechnology


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