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A Time for Science

Recognizing, the importance of environmental and science literacy in society today, and the value of “learning by doing,” A Time for Science is uniquely able to coordinate the talents of area volunteers, to marshal a variety of resources for support, and to provide a supportive environment with which to enable participants at all levels to become engaged both in nature and in the experience of science and thereby enhance environmental awareness and science education and literacy in our region.
Subject(s): Communication, Education and Public Awareness

A Well-Fed World

A Well-Fed World (AWFW) is an international advocacy organization focused on the complex inter-relevancies of dietary choices, hunger concerns, and environmental protection. Our systems component works with social justice leaders and policy-makers to reduce the drastic growth and intensification of livestock production. Reversing this ‘livestock revolution’ is critical for increasing food security, slowing biodiversity loss, and swiftly reducing greenhouse gas concentrations. Additionally, we work ‘hands-on’ at the grassroots level, both directly participating and through our grants program. Our grants empower local stakeholders to pursue a wide variety of self-determined goals, such as self-sustaining food production and ecosystem services education.
Subject(s): Agricultural Biodiversity

ACS Green Chemistry Institute

The mission of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) is to enable and catalyze the implementation of green chemistry and engineering principles into all aspects of the global chemical enterprise.
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity

African Views

African Views (AV) is a nonprofit organization on a mission is to facilitate mutual understanding and value-based information from an African populist position to the world and from a constructive world view on African issues. The Organization’s program includes workshops and media advocacy - based on dialogues, learning, and action on African development strategies around the world. AV works in collaboration with accomplished professionals, minds and, and organizations from all over the globe advocating for the goals of safe, healthy, and prosperous societies. The AV framework consist of interdependent components such as strategic sharing of information on its AV radio programs, social media networks, workshops, print publications, conferences, written reports, AVTV, videos reports, directory of services, and community projects.
Our organization members and partners are individuals from a variety of cultural, professional, academic, and religious backgrounds, organizations, private and public institutions who are stakeholders in various scholastic and professional disciplines of human and societal developments. Some of our ongoing projects are African Cultural Exchange (ACE) programs for children and adults, panel discussions on health, environment, youth, women issues, economic, workshops and creating a worldwide directory of African programs. Our activities also include infrastructure and structural analysis on health, environment, economic wellbeing, and education improvement in Africa and countries with significant or minor presence of African Diaspora.

Agriculture Research Service - United States of America

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the principal research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). ARS, one of the Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies, is charged with extending the US's scientific knowledge across a broad range of program areas that affect the American people on a daily basis.
Subject(s): Agricultural Biodiversity; Research and Science

American Bird Conservancy

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a 501(c)(3), not-for profit organization whose mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.
Subject(s): Endangered Species

American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

The American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) was created in 1993 to apply the Museum’s extensive scientific and educational resources to conservation policy and action. The CBC develops model programs that integrate research, education, and outreach so that people become participants in its conservation. The CBC’s mission is to mitigate critical threats to global biological and cultural diversity by:

  • Advancing scientific research in diverse ecosystems
  • Strengthening the application of science to conservation practice and policy
  • Developing professional, institutional, and community capacity
  • Furthering AMNH's efforts to heighten public understanding and stewardship of biodiversity.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - United States of America

"Protecting American agriculture" is the basic charge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS provides leadership in ensuring the health and care of animals and plants. The agency improves agricultural productivity and competitiveness and contributes to the national economy and the public health.
Subject(s): Agricultural Biodiversity

Aqua - National Aquarium in Baltimore

From the Chesapeake Bay to Costa Rica, National Aquarium programs help people apply practical and programmatic solutions for protecting marine life and coastlines. As a world-class entertainment attraction the visitor experience is a priority and exhibits at the Baltimore and Washington, DC venues connect the public to the biodiversity around us. Our commitment to education on the aquatic environment extends to thousands of school children who make emotional connections that create lasting enthusiasm for the environment. By establishing alliances and creating partnerships around the world, the National Aquarium collaborates with like-minded organizations to achieve more together.
Subject(s): Communication, Education and Public Awareness; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

Associated General Contractors of America

A construction industry association operating in partnership with its nationwide network. It provides a range of services in order to improve the quality of construction and protecting the public interest. It has produced a toolkit for recycling materials.
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity

Beyond Ktaadn

Beyond Ktaadn promotes the conservation of alpine wilderness in Eastern North America – from New England to Labrador – through field research, biodiversity inventory, and public outreach.

The highest peaks of the northern Appalachian Mountains and the Canadian Shield, crowned by islands of arctic-alpine tundra, are internationally significant reservoirs of biodiversity. These alpine highlands bear strong affinities to the arctic tundra some thousand miles to the north. They support hundreds of species of rare arctic plants and several species of distinctive arctic fauna (such as caribou, timber wolf, arctic hare, willow ptarmigan, and American pipit). Through focused research on mountain climate, vegetation, geology, and wildlife populations, we aim to increase the profile of these ranges and by working with individuals, local groups, and agencies, develop an informed conservation strategy that leaves these exemplary refugia of biodiversity and wilderness intact for future generations.
Subject(s): International Year of Biodiversity - 2010

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

BIO is the world's largest biotechnology organization, providing advocacy, business development and communications services for more than 1,150 members worldwide. BIO engages in the discussions on a possible patent law harmonization treaty within WIPO, the WTO TRIPS process, as well is actively engaged in the deliberations of the Intergovernmental Committee on Folklore, Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources of the World Intellectual Property Organization and in various forums within the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Subject(s): Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing; Business and Biodiversity

Center for Biological Diversity

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive. Our work mainly focuses on North America, but has a growing international focus.
Subject(s): Communication, Education and Public Awareness

Center for Plant Conservation

The mission of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is to conserve and restore the imperiled native plants of the United States to secure them from extinction. By facilitating and providing project funding, CPC helps build strong, science-based plant-conservation programs within its national network of community institutions, including botanical gardens and zoos. CPC Participating Institutions bank representative samples of seed or other material from vulnerable plant species and hold these collections off-site (ex situ) to serve as a restoration resource. In addition to conducting species and ecological research to support restoration, institutions monitor sites and manage restoration projects in the wild. CPC also works with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and offers scientific guidance, professional resources and training, and advocacy.

Center for Rural Empowerment and the Environment

CREE is a non-profit organization that seeks practical solutions to bridging the gap between sustainable development and environmental conservation. We achieve this through programs that focus on poverty alleviation and resolving human-wildlife conflict. CREE is unique because of its sole focus on poverty, making it a leader in the environmental field in addressing problems traditionally tackled by humanitarian organizations. Projects are diverse in scope and include eco-tourism, improved agricultural techniques, and human-wildlife conflict minimization.
Subject(s): Biodiversity for Development

Center for Small Business and the Environment

CSBE operates as a grassroots voluntary network of small business people who share the belief that entrepreneurial creativity and drive can protect the environment while creating jobs and economic growth. CSBE has identified and promoted profitable and successful small business models for environmental action.
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity

Chicago Wildnerness

Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance that connects people and nature. We are more than 250 organizations that work together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all who live here, by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend. Our four key initiatives—to restore the health of local nature, to implement the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision, combat climate change, and leave no child inside—reflect our commitment to using science and emerging knowledge, as well as a collaborative approach to conservation, to benefit all the region’s residents.

Conservation International

The organization believes that the Earth's natural heritage must be maintained if future generations are to thrive spiritually, culturally, and economically. Its mission is to conserve the Earth's living heritage – our global biodiversity – and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature.
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Economics, Trade and Incentive Measures; Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation; Global Taxonomy Initiative; Inland Waters Biodiversity; Climate Change and Biodiversity; Forest Biodiversity; Cities and Biodiversity; Invasive Alien Species; Health and Biodiversity

Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching nearly 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 180 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, Planet Green and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services.

Earth Foundation

Earth Foundation is a nonprofit media specialist team and organization focusing on creating media that preserves the environment and native culture, and insures food, energy, and water sustainability for HAWAII, THE PACIFIC, JAPAN, KOREA, and the EARTH. From promoting Academy Award winning documentary films to supporting cooperation between native peoples and corporate communities.
Subject(s): Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j); Communication, Education and Public Awareness

Eco-Health Alliance

Wildlife Trust is an international organization of scientists dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity. For more than 35 years, Wildlife Trust has focused its efforts on conservation. Today, we are known for our innovative research on the intricate relationships between wildlife, ecosystems and human health.

Wildlife Trust's work spans the U.S. and more than 20 countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia to research ways for people and wildlife to share ecosystems for their mutual survival. Our strength is built on our innovations in research, education and training and our accessibility to international conservation partners.

Links to the current conservation and health programs:

Wildlife Health
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity


ECOSTASY is a sustainable design conscious commerce destination featuring personal accessories and home decor objects that promote social and environmental good. Features products handmade in Brazil and Portugal by artisans, designers, indigenous groups, community-based groups and NGOs using natural and renewable materials.

Encyclopedia of Life

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a global effort to harvest the vast wealth of information on every species – animals, plants and microorganism – and present it as a scientifically accurate resource available to all on the Internet.

EOL’s content is continually expanding and includes descriptions, photos, bibliographic links, distribution maps and other specialty data that have traditionally been scattered around the world in libraries, museums, herbaria, universities and other storehouses of expert knowledge.

Since its inception in 2007, the EOL community has partnered with content providers, scientific experts, learned societies and institutions to assemble, verify and provide trusted information about hundreds of thousands of species.
Subject(s): Exchange of Information

Environmental Protection in the Caribbean

EPIC’s mission is to protect the Caribbean environment through research and community-based action. The organization was established in 2000 as a registered non-profit in the United States and a separate registered foundation in St. Maarten in 2007.

Core Values:
  • Engage and involve the local community through EPIC’s work.
  • Protect native species.
  • Maintain high ethical standards and consider the impact on and perception of the community in all of EPIC’s work.
  • Take action based on good science.
Subject(s): United Nations Decade on Biodiversity - 2011-2020

Fauna & Flora International

FFI protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide – mainly in the developing world – FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity. Fauna & Flora International is the world's longest established international conservation body, founded 100 years ago. Renowned for its science-based approach, FFI has pioneered sustainable conservation work that tackles problems holistically, providing solutions that simultaneously help wildlife, humans and the environment.<p>FFI acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and compatible with human needs FFI protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide – mainly in the developing world – FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity.
Subject(s): Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation; Business and Biodiversity

Fish Friendly Farming

Fish Friendly Farming provides an incentive-based method for creating and sustaining environmental quality and habitat on private land. Landowners and managers enroll in the program, learn environmentally beneficial management practices and carry out ecological restoration projects. . Three resource agencies—the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the County Agricultural Commissioner—provide an objective third-party certification.
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity

GEF Small Grants Programme

For almost two decades, the Small Grants Programme has been working with communities around the world to combat the most critical environmental problems and has successfully demonstrated that supporting communities in their efforts to achieve more sustainable livelihoods is not only possible, but extremely important in bringing change and achieving global environmental benefits.

With presence in 122 countries and more than 12,000 grants awarded worldwide, SGP supports projects of non-governmental and community-based organizations in developing countries demonstrating that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.

Global Environment Facility

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a global partnership among 178 countries, international institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. It provides grants for projects related to six focal areas: biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.
Subject(s): Chemicals and Pollution; Climate Change and Biodiversity; Library and Documentation; Protected Areas / In-Situ Conservation; Inland Waters Biodiversity; Biodiversity for Development

Global Sports Alliance

Global Sports Alliance is a coalition of athletes and sports fans working together for environmental awareness and action. If you love sports – whether it’s football, running, cycling, rock climbing or even marbles – you can join the Global Sports Alliance. Become an ecoplayer and help us do nothing less than change the world! Global Sports Alliance is an official partner of the United Nations Environment Programme.

Global Wildlife Conservation

The mission of Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) is to use the best science to protect the world’s threatened wildlife and habitats. GWC is involved in three areas of conservation and science: conducting field expeditions to the most biologically important areas of the world; implementing conservation research and action on threatened species and habitats; and facilitating wildlands conservation in collaboration with partners. GWC works in conjunction with the world’s leading conservation nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, universities, zoological and botanical institutions, and museums that have long studied and protected the environment from multiple disciplinary perspectives.


GO-Science is an informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education center. Partnering with the Center for Biodiversity GO-Science is creating and implementing innovative biodiversity programs, deliverables, and activities. These deployments include new media educational modules for the web, informal learning activities, teacher training programs, and exhibits that promote a better understanding of biodiversity and a greater awareness of conservation. In addition, GO-Science is opening an Online Biodiversity Social Network (OBSN) that connects researchers, scientists, teachers, students, and the general population together using technology as a learning and dissemination medium to promote greater scientific understanding. Activities & Products for 2010


HowStuffWorks.com is an award-winning, credible online resource that provides easy-to-understand information and explanation for thousands of topics. In the Green Science site section, readers can learn about global warming, pollution and other impacts on nature and the planet, plus what we can do to combat them.
Subject(s): Communication, Education and Public Awareness

ID Source - Your gateway to pest identification - United States of America

ID Source – “your gateway to pest identification” – is a collection of over 1,400 identification-themed web sites that cover plant pests, diseases, and weeds. These web-based “ID Aids” are selected, thoroughly reviewed and categorized so that users can search for ID Aids by pest name, commodity focus, geographic region, and more, and then visit the ID Aids via links provided. Helpful identification tools found in many ID Aid websites include fact sheets, image galleries, keys, map collections, and screening aids. ID Source was created to enable regulatory personnel and others to quickly find reliable and informative resources that help them protect agriculture and natural systems from the entry and spread of invasive plant pests.
Subject(s): Invasive Alien Species; Global Taxonomy Initiative; Agricultural Biodiversity


i2P Education is an adventure based learning program provided free to schools and students by the non-profit organization impossible2Possible (i2P). The brainchild of world-class adventurer Ray Zahab, i2P was founded in 2008. Since then it has run successful expeditions to the South Pole, Baffin Island in North Canada, Lake Baikal in Siberia, and the Sahara Desert in Tunisia. In October 2010 the i2P expedition team will visit the Amazon Basin in order to bring attention to the international year of Biodiversity. Using its unique experiential education platform this expedition will be followed by thousands of school children across North American and around the world. More info (pdf).
Subject(s): Communication, Education and Public Awareness

impossible2Possible - Expedition Atacama 2014

For the 9th stage of the impossible2Possible World Expedition Series a Youth Ambassador team will venture to a place where Founder Ray Zahab was pushed to the limit. In 2011 Ray ran 1200 grueling kilometers in 20 days across one of the driest and most unforgiving places on earth - the Atacama Desert in Chile! The i2P youth team will re-trace part of Ray’s expedition and run an average of a marathon per day for six consecutive days! The challenge will test their perseverance, resiliency, and dedication while they Educate, Inspire, and Empower thousands of students around the world! The i2P Youth Expedition Atacama is planned for May 2014. [br] Registration deadline: 1 Jan 2014.
Subject(s): United Nations Decade on Biodiversity - 2011-2020; Youth and Biodiversity

International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups

The Fogarty-managed Biodiversity Program of ICBG awards grants to a number of bioprospecting projects that include efforts to survey biodiversity, preserve traditional medicine practices, ensure sustainable harvesting, and promote long-term funding for biodiversity conservation in the host countries.
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity

Invasivespecies - United States of America

The federal gateway to invasive species information, and the national-level National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Node for invasive species data and information. This website is developed and maintained by the National Agricultural Library of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Subject(s): Invasive Alien Species

Island Conservation

Island Conservation prevents extinctions by working where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest: islands. By removing one of the greatest threats—invasive alien vertebrates—native island species and ecosystems often can recover with little or no additional intervention. Removing the dominant threat to biodiversity, in the places where the greatest lasting results can be obtained, ensures conservation success across the globe.
Subject(s): United Nations Decade on Biodiversity - 2011-2020

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), this is an international green building certification system, based on criteria that relate to energy efficiency, water conservation, sustainable use of resources, and sensitivity to impacts.
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity

Lyfe Production

Lyfe Production offers a variety of media services for individuals and businesses. In February of 2012 we began sponsoring an Internet Radio Talk Show called "From the Top"The Decade on Biodiversity. This show is dedicated to giving leaders from different countries as well as the business community an opportunity to speak about what they are doing to help the environment and promote biodiversity. Lyfe production has also created the "Musicians for Biodiversity" project. This project will involve musicians from all over the world that want to help bring awareness and encourage action to help the earth recover.
Subject(s): United Nations Decade on Biodiversity - 2011-2020


News Network for the United Nations and the International Community


Measuring Up: Synchronizing Biodiversity Measurement Systems for Markets and Other Incentive Programs

Emerging environmental markets, in tandem with existing incentive programs, have the potential to make effective contributions to conservation, but little is known about how these programs quantify biodiversity. This report, prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Environmental Markets, focuses on two areas of action that could help improve effective investments for biodiversity: 1) Standardizing systems for measuring the outcomes of current incentive programs, and 2) Providing options for how federal agencies and others might support biodiversity incentives, particularly markets for biodiversity.
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity

National Biological Information Infrastructure

Collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. The NBII links diverse, high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by NBII partners and other contributors in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry.
Subject(s): Global Taxonomy Initiative; Scientific and Technical Cooperation; Clearing-House Mechanism; Invasive Alien Species

National Plant Data Center - United States of America

The National Plant Data Center (NPDC) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) focuses resources on the acquisition, development, integration, quality control, dissemination and access of plant information; the NPDC works with partners to incorporate new plant technology into the agency's automated tools. The NPDC is responsible for the PLANTS database, which focuses on the vascular and nonvascular plants of the United States and its territories.
Subject(s): Invasive Alien Species

National Wind Coordinating Collaborative

The US Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) provides a neutral forum for a wide range of stakeholders to pursue the shared objective of developing environmentally, economically, and politically sustainable commercial markets for wind power in the United States.
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity

Natural Products Association Sseal

US-based association that has a standard and certification programme for personal care products that provides a set of guidelines on certified natural and sustainable ingredients.
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity

Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is one of the leading conservation organizations working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.


NatureServe is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe represents an international network of biological inventories, known as natural heritage programs or conservation data centers, operating in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The NatureServe network is a leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. Together we collect and manage detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems, and develop information products, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs. NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. NatureServe has been established as an international thematic focal point under the CHM (see: <a href=" http://www.biodiv.org/chm/tfp.asp">http://www.biodiv.org/chm/tfp.asp</a>)
Subject(s): Clearing-House Mechanism; Global Taxonomy Initiative

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species - United States of America

The Nonindigenous Aquatic Species site has been established as a central repository for accurate and spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of nonindigenous aquatic species. Provided are scientific reports, online/realtime queries, spatial data sets, regional contact lists, and general information. The data is made available for use by biologists, interagency groups, and the general public. The geographical coverage is the United States and the NAS is located at the Florida Caribbean Science Center
Subject(s): Invasive Alien Species

North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is an international organization created by Canada, Mexico and the United States under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). The CEC was established to address regional environmental concerns, help prevent potential trade and environmental conflicts, and to promote the effective enforcement of environmental law. The Agreement complements the environmental provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Subject(s): Scientific and Technical Cooperation; Economics, Trade and Incentive Measures; Invasive Alien Species; Island Biodiversity; Inland Waters Biodiversity; Chemicals and Pollution; Health and Biodiversity; Governance, Law and Policy; Cooperation and Partnerships

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  • United Nations Environment Programme