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The Helsinki Commission, or HELCOM, works to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea from all sources of pollution through intergovernmental co-operation between Denmark, Estonia, the European Community, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. HELCOM is the governing body of the "Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area" - more usually known as the Helsinki Convention. HELCOM’s vision for the future is a healthy Baltic Sea environment with diverse biological components functioning in balance, resulting in a good ecological status and supporting a wide range of sustainable economic and social activities.
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

Bioprospecting Information Resource
This information resource is being developed and maintained by the United Nations University – Institute of Advanced Studies and covers the following regions: Antarctic, Pacific, Marine and Arctic. It provides access to a web-based database to assist in assessing and documenting the extent of bioprospecting in those areas.
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Polar Biodiversity

Center for International Environmental Law
Since 1989, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) has worked to strengthen and use international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society.
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Governance, Law and Policy

Coastal Wiki
The Coastal Wiki is an Internet encyclopaedia providing up-to-date high quality information for coastal professionals, which is continuously improved, complemented and updated by expert users.
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Exchange of Information

Commission on Ecosystem Management
The Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) is one of IUCN’s six scientific Commissions. CEM is a network of volunteer experts from around the world working on ecosystem management related issues . The Commission works closely with other IUCN Commissions, regional offices and global thematic programmes. CEM and its individual members are involved in a wide range of Ecosystem Management activities. CEM is supported by the Ecosystem Management Programme as its Secretariat, which is located at the IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

Environmental Integration in EC development cooperation
This project is a service provided by the European Commission to raise awareness and build capacities of staff to integrate the environmental dimension in EC development cooperation and into partner countries' sector policies and programmes
Subject(s): Forest Biodiversity; Governance, Law and Policy; Agricultural Biodiversity; Dry and Sub-Humid Lands Biodiversity; Chemicals and Pollution; Ecosystem Approach; Climate Change and Biodiversity; Economics, Trade and Incentive Measures; Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals; Biodiversity for Development; Communication, Education and Public Awareness; Inland Waters Biodiversity

FishBase - A global information system on fish species
32000 Species, 291100 Common names, 50000 Pictures, 45400 References, 1820 Collaborators, FishBase has taxonomic and biological information for fish species, searchable on-line and provides customized information and reports; contact information; analytical tools for data poor situations (stock assessment, ecosystem analyses, etc.); and serves as a learning and training tool through an on-line ichthyological course, species ID's and downloadable presentations.<p>FishBase was developed at the WorldFish Center in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and many other partners, and with support from the European Commission (EC). Since 2001 FishBase is supported by a consortium of 7 international institutions and 1000 collaborators world-wide
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Global Taxonomy Initiative; Inland Waters Biodiversity; Invasive Alien Species

Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
The mission of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO is to facilitate and secure the long-term sustainable development and utilization of the world's fisheries and aquaculture. FAO is acutely aware of the fundamental social and economic role played by these two sectors in: 1.Meeting global and national sustainable food security. 2.Providing self and paid employment for fishing and aquaculture related communities as a means of alleviating poverty in these fishing communities and stemming rural/urban drift. 3.Contributing to national and international trade. 4.Generating national income.
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Economics, Trade and Incentive Measures

Food and Agricultural Organization
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. We help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all.
Subject(s): Agricultural Biodiversity; Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing; Ecosystem Approach; Genetic Use Restriction Technologies; Transfer of Technology and Cooperation; Biodiversity for Development

Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development
Our vision - a fair, effective and accessible system of international law that protects the global environment and promotes sustainable development. We contribute to this through: ■Advocacy for broader access to environmental justice and fairer international laws and institutions International laws and institutions have an increasing impact on countries, communities and people. It can be very difficult to understand complicated international processes, let alone influence them. We work to level the playing field and help those at risk to make their voices heard. ■Advice and capacity building for groups ranging from poor communities to senior government officials. FIELD works to empower others and build their capacity long term. We help community groups, advise NGOs, and train government officials in international negotiations.
Subject(s): Governance, Law and Policy; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

Global Ocean Observing System
Established in 1960, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation and capacity development in order to learn more and better manage the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas. Through the application of this knowledge the Commission aims to improve management practices and the decision-making process of its Member States, foster sustainable development and protect the marine environment. In addition, The Commission strives to further develop ocean governance, which necessitates strengthening the institutional capacity of Member States in marine scientific research and of ocean management.
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)
A not-for-profit organization working on issues relating to small-scale and artisanal fisheries in different parts of the world.
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Chemicals and Pollution; Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals

International Coral Reef Initiative
The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is a partnership among governments, international organizations, and non-government organizations. It strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems by implementing Chapter 17 of Agenda 21, and other relevant international conventions and agreements. The secretariat of the Initiative is currently co-host by the France, assisted by Monaco, and Samoa.
Subject(s): Island Biodiversity; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

International Maritime Organization
The purposes of the Organization, as summarized by Article 1(a) of the Convention, are "to provide machinery for cooperation among Governments in the field of governmental regulation and practices relating to technical matters of all kinds affecting shipping engaged in international trade; to encourage and facilitate the general adoption of the highest practicable standards in matters concerning maritime safety, efficiency of navigation and prevention and control of marine pollution from ships".
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Cooperation and Partnerships; Scientific and Technical Cooperation; Governance, Law and Policy

International Union for the Conservation of Nature - Biodiversity (IUCN)
Subject(s): Inland Waters Biodiversity; Invasive Alien Species; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Forest Biodiversity; Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices - Article 8(j); Dry and Sub-Humid Lands Biodiversity

Marine Biodiversity Wiki (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning)
The marine biodiversity wiki is essentially a database for creating, browsing, and searching through information on marine biodiversity. Almost 230.000 species of marine plants and animals, and a few thousand bacteria and archaea, have been scientifically described.
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

National Institute for Environmental Studies
The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) stives to contribute to society through research that fosters and protects a healthy environment for present and future generations. It pursues high level research based on a firm understanding of the interaction between nature, society, and life on the planet.
Subject(s): Climate Change and Biodiversity; Inland Waters Biodiversity; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Biosafety and Biotechnology; Chemicals and Pollution; Health and Biodiversity; United Nations; National Reports

National Institute of education, Singapore
Natural Sciences and Science Education AG is an integration of several science content and pedagogical disciplines with a strong multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research. The Group comprises academics in the fields of Biological sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Science Education, Technology Education and Home Economics Education.
Subject(s): Biosafety and Biotechnology; Forest Biodiversity; Endangered Species; Agricultural Biodiversity

NatureWatch (NGO)
The aims of NatureWatch are: - to fight for the preservation of Iceland's highland regions. - to strive to increase knowledge and awareness of Icelandic nature. -to strive to establish better laws to underpin the protection of nature. - to strengthen collaboration between associations for the protection of nature both in Iceland and abroad. - to strive for democratic decisions relating to environmental issues.
Subject(s): Inland Waters Biodiversity; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Convention on Biological Diversity; National Reports; Tourism and Biodiversity; Agricultural Biodiversity

NAUSICAÄ - French National Sea Experience Center, in Boulogne-sur-Mer
NAUSICAÄ is a Science Center entirely dedicated to the relationship between Mankind and the Sea. Its goal is to incite the general public to discover the sea and to love it, while raising its awareness on the need for a better management of marine resources.
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity