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This network, created by the International Institute for Environment and Development, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and Internews, connects journalists with scientists to help in improve media reporting of biodiversity issues. The website hosts a blog, where members can post stories, ideas, photos and publications. A list of relevant events and links are also available.
The Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) is a small constellation of remote sensing satellites, built by UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology but individually owned by partner countries including Algeria, China, Nigeria and Turkey.
The DMC satellites provide daily coverage of the earth and were specifically designed to support the logistics of disaster relief. Each partner country gives five per cent of its capacity to free daily imaging of disaster areas for aid agencies. The group as a whole is also signed up to the International Charter for Space in Major Disasters.
This website hosts the Earth Journalism Network, which aims to help journalists from developing countries to report on environmental issues more effectively. The network was developed by the Internews Network and Internews Europe and it organises the Earth Journalism Awards programme.
It also establishes links among environmental journalists, offering capacity building through workshops, training materials, support for production and distribution, and small grants. The website provides information about the Network's activities and partners, fellowship programmes, and useful tools and resources. These include a toolkit and online courses with tips on how to report on popular environmental issues, and studies of environmental journalism.
The Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian (ELRHA) network is dedicated to supporting partnerships between higher education institutions and humanitarian organisations.
It aims to stimulate and support research and training that delivers measurable impact in the prevention of and response to global humanitarian crises.
ELRHA aims to both build academic capacity as well as ensure that UK academia is effectively linked to our broader international agenda. It has a particular focus on building collaborative partnerships with universities within the UK.
On the website there are details of the partnerships that the network has fostered, as some of its outcomes. In addition, information can be found on the joint ELRHA and ALNAP (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action) programme, and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, which provides grants to support organisations and individuals to identify and share innovative solutions to the challenges facing operational agencies in the humanitarian crises.
This website publishes information about climate change mitigation through forest carbon sequestration and storage across Asia. It provides news and views from the media, a library of publications, directories of forest carbon stakeholders, announcements about vacancies and events, links to useful resources and reviews of science and policy developments in the field. The publications section includes in-house articles and research reports that review developments, identify gaps and draw lessons from forest carbon activities in the region. Readers can comment, engage in discussion and contribute information to the website.
The Freshwater Action Network (FAN) brings together civil society organisations that implement and influence water and sanitation policy and practice. It works to improve water governance by strengthening the role of civil society in decision-making. The network publishes information on its numerous activities across the developing world, as well as reports, documents and advocacy toolkits.
This consortium of African and UK institutions aims to encourage dialogue and good practice among policymakers involved in African agriculture. Its website publishes research, working papers, policy briefs, news and online debates on issues such as climate change and pastoralism among others.
This organisation aims to encourage dialogue and the sharing of good practice by policymakers and opinion leaders on the future of agricultural growth in Africa. It covers topic areas such as climate change, land use, policy processes and science, technology and innovation. The website publishes free to access publications, lists of relevant events and fellowships, and online discussions on issues including small-scale agriculture. It also provides access to resources for policy engagement, such as policy briefs, and a regularly updated list of relevant organisations and websites.
The Geo-Wiki Project aims to improve the quality of global land cover maps to determine, for example, the potential of additional agricultural land available to grow crops in Africa. A network of global volunteers reviews the accuracy of land-use maps based on their local knowledge and what they see on Google Earth. The results are recorded in a database used to create more accurate global land cover maps.
The website contains instructions on how to use the geo-wiki and provides access to the validation data. It includes information about branches that tackle different themes and lists related projects and data sources.
This organisation was set up in 1997 to foster grassroots innovation and traditional knowledge across India. It helps innovators develop and commercialise their ideas, and provides a network to support their activities through technical and business advice.
Divided into geographical regions, the website provides news and publications, a product inventory, business opportunities as well as information on project funding, careers and volunteering.
The Honey Bee Network collects knowledge and practices at a grassroots level and brings together creative and innovative farmers, mechanics, fishermen, women, etc. who have solved a problem without external help. Their aim is to connect one innovator with another through feedback, communication and networking. The Network is part of the Indian Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI).
The Humanitarian Futures programme (HFP), based at King's College University, London, aims to support those with humanitarian responsibilities to develop organisational structures and leadership skills to become more adaptive and to effectively engage and collaborate with all necessary actors.
The programme's objective is to strengthen anticipation of evolving and emerging threats and to identify the technological, scientific, social and political innovations that will allow longer-term speculation as to future trends as well as the capacities needed to manage widening vulnerability and increasing humanitarian demands.
The website contains a number of tools and resources, including HFP and external publications, and key definitions, as well as upcoming events and a discussion forum.
The International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2ie) is a research and training institute specialising in water, energy and the environment. It provides educational facilities to develop research capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship on the African continent, focusing on water and environmental management; solar energy and biofuels; eco-material; and civil engineering. The 2ie website publishes information on available courses including how to apply and admission requirements, as well as upcoming conferences and workshops, jobs and internships, and access to online libraries.
The International Press Centre for Biodiversity Research, run by the European-funded ALTER-Net project, links to biodiversity research news and press releases from universities and research institutes. It runs a networking service to put journalists in touch with biodiversity researchers willing to answer questions and provide comment on biodiversity issues. It also highlights relevant events.
This programme was set up by several nongovernmental organisations to promote sustainable agriculture and natural resource management in developing nations. It aims to facilitate the use of indigenous knowledge to help farmers devise systems to cope with change, achieve food security, sustain livelihoods and protect the environment. It also works towards integrating local innovations into formal agricultural research.
The website offers information on projects arranged by country and project theme, as well as relevant news and events. It also publishes extensive resources including links to publications, training materials and a gallery with audiovisual resources.
Sentinel Asia, a project led by the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum, provides a platform for promoting remote sensing data for disaster management and for sharing information on disasters in the Asia-Pacific region.
The project draws on data from a range of satellite sensors, including MODIS and AMSR-E among others, to distribute imagery and publish information on wildfires and floods as they occur. Sentinel Asia also offers training and coordinates emergency observation requests for a number of satellites.
This informal network, part of the University of Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health, brings together over 100 organisations working to promote and scale up adoption of practices and technologies that improve drinking water quality for vulnerable populations.
By providing information and promoting independent research, the network aims to reduce water-related diseases by promoting water treatment and safe water storage at the household level. The website provides an overview of the network, working groups and guiding principles. It lists participating organisations and relevant events, and publishes a monthly newsletter.
The aim of the Water Governance Programme for Arab States (WGP-AS) is to improve the use and management of scarce water resources in Arab countries by promoting an integrated approach and supporting the achievements of the Millennium Development Goal 7.
It also addresses cross-cutting areas such as adaptation to climate change, trans-boundary water management and gender mainstreaming. The website publishes free-to-access reports, events, as well as information on past and current projects.
This website, a project of the non-profit organisation Forest Trends, aims to connect water practitioners and policymakers with the goal of scaling-up practices and policies that increase the economic and ecological benefits of watersheds.
It publishes news, analyses and relevant publications; offers access to social media discussions; and provides opportunities to share projects, resources and research — particularly on payments for watershed services and water quality trading. It includes an online global inventory of water-related projects.