The Future of International Botanical Research: possibilities and strategies for your International collaborations and research, especially in developing nations
Thorhaug, Anitra .
How to access United Nations and some other sourced international botanical information.
The United Nations maintains large amounts of original information and syntheses of data which are frequently unique. Often they are original data and have been specifically collected by the UN. These data vary from field results, to large statistical analyses of huge amounts of comparative data, a field in which the UN excels. The UN data is hidden in massive libraries, frequently in foreign nations. North America is lucky to have the World Bank (Washington, DC), and the United Nations Development Program (NYC). Recently, a large amount of UN material has been placed on web sites. First, one should know that researching the same botanical problem on a series of the UN web sites may bring new information from each site. Second, what are the main agencies where botanical information may be found? These are Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) headquartered in Rome, United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO (Paris), World Bank, United Nations Development Agency ( NYC), and United Nations Environment Programme ( UNEP) ( Nairobi). Each have a variety of sub-programs and which also have substantial data and information. Some subprograms have their own web sites, while others do not. There are treaties and auxiliary UN groups, (Law of the Sea, Kyoto Treaty) having web sites with botanical information. Regional groups have botanical information: institutions (e.g. Organization of American States) and Regional Development Banks (such as Asian Development Bank) can be accessed. Non-governmental organizations have summarized botanical information from these groups such as World Resources Foundation. Accessing the BSA web site will give a list of International conferences and workshops with Botanical content, lists of Botanical societies in other nations, and some nations botanical profiles.
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1 - Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 1359 SW 22 TER, Miami, Florida, 33145, USA
United Nations botanical information
World Resources Institute
Asian Development Bank
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Time: 10:45 AM