Producing enough food for a rapidly growing population, and taking care of our planet are two of the world's biggest challenges.
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The Global Canopy Programme (GCP) is an alliance of over 30 scientific institutions in 19 countries that work on forest canopy research, education and conservation. In addition to supporting research projects, GCP is active in informing policymakers and working with governments and the finance sector to establish pilot projects for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). GCP publishes information for journalists, policy briefs and a range of related publications.
IBSA, a joint project of the departments of science and technology in Brazil, India and South Africa, promotes research collaborations between scientists working on applications of nanotechnology. Its priority fields of research include health, water treatment and agriculture. India leads its flagship project on water purification.
IBSA publishes information on participating scientists from all three countries, ongoing projects, key global events and activities, and fellowships and job openings.
This non-profit organisation aims to develop sustainable ecological farming in Africa and India. ICRISAT's mission is "to help empower 600 million poor people to overcome hunger, poverty and a degraded environment in the dry tropics through better agriculture".
ICRISAT's BioPower initiative aims to ensure that bioenergy research benefits the poor. Its activities include analysing bioenergy trends and understanding their repercussions for the poor, and enabling governments to formulate pro-bioenergy policies that benefit poor people.
The International Water Management Institute — one of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research centres — conducts research aimed at improving water and land management. Its website includes information about all its work, including regional profiles of areas in Africa and Asia. It also publishes details of upcoming events and recent publications.
Information and commentary are available by topic, including climate change, wetlands and gender. The website also links to other relevant tools and resources such as the Drought Information Center and the African Water Law Database.
NASA’s Aquarius Mission is a joint US and Argentinean venture using space science to measure the concentration of dissolved salt (salinity) of the world’s oceans. It has produced the first global map of the salinity of Earth's ocean surface, a video of which is available on the website. Maps showing some results from the mission are available on the website, providing more detailed salinity information than would otherwise be available. The aim is to provide scientists and policymakers with data to build more accurate climate change models and to better understand natural systems such as sea temperatures and the water cycle.
PlantBio is a grant-making initiative from the South African Department of Science and Technology. It aims to develop a strong and sustainable plant biotechnology sector in South Africa by promoting new products and services, incubating commercial programmes and new businesses, building scientific capacity and developing human resources.
PlantBio prioritises technologies aimed at alleviating poverty and improving food security — for example, biofertilisers, plant breeding, tissue culture and genetic modification. The organisation encourages collaborating institutes to build national capacities and consolidate costs.
It publishes information on how to apply for funding and hosts a useful page of links to South African biotech investors, business incubators, funding agencies and service providers.
The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology is part of Nepal's Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology. It monitors the hydrological and meteorological activities of the country, including river hydrology, climate, agrometeorology, sediment, air quality, water quality, snow hydrology, glaciology, and wind and solar energy. The department also provides regular general and aviation weather forecasts.
This website publishes freely accessible data on marine species living in oceans worldwide. It aims to bring together separate databases to build a larger picture of ocean life, and promote research into global marine systems. The OBIS web portal is run by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.
Users can search the database for biodiversity hotspots and ecological patterns; track the movement of species over time and different locations; and analyse how species' locations are related to physical attributes of the ocean. This information can be visualised using maps and downloaded free of charge.
Indigenous Knowledge Systems is a special focus of the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa. The NRF aims to: develop theoretical and methodological paradigms within which to understand the specific characteristics of IK; shed light on the role of IK in nation-building; develop research capacity in the field of IK in South Africa.
The Stockholm International Water Institute is a policy institute that seeks sustainable solutions to the world's escalating water crisis. Its website summarises current research and publishes findings and recommendations on current and future water, environment, governance and human development issues, including climate change.
AARSE is a nongovernmental network of African scientists and professionals working in remote sensing and geographic information systems. It holds a biannual conference and runs regional and local seminars and workshops on how to use remote sensing for environmental studies.
The AARSE website publishes contact details of council members, news about developments in remote sensing that are relevant to Africa and a list of events among other information.
The DRFN provides research-based advice and training aimed at sustainable development policymakers in southern Africa. The organisation's areas of focus include managing rangelands and livestock, water, energy efficiency and combating land degradation and desertification. The DRFN also helps raise public awareness of deserts and desertification.