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International Organizations

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African Wildlife Foundation - The African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever.
AgBio Gateway - Gateway to the Agricultural and Biological Sciences featuring selected content from leading publications in plant science , agronomy, crop and soil science, forestry, and horticulture.
Alecif - La Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudiantes de Ciencias Forestales (ALECIF), es una organización a escala latinoamericana de asociaciones de estudiantes forestales tanto locales como nacionales que representa a 29 Universidades en 12 países del área. <http://www.itcr.ac.cr/CongresosSimposios/Forestal/exp/alecif.html>
Argentine Woods <www.maderasenargentina.com.ar>
Alternatives to Slash-and-Burn Programme - A global partnership of over 50 institutions around the world with a shared interest in conserving forests and reducing poverty in the humid tropics.
Anuncios Botanicos - Botanical Discussion Group
APAFRI - Asia-Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & the Environment - ATREE.  To integrate rigorous natural and social sciences with policy, education and socially responsible conservation action. ATREE was established in 1996 to combine principles of natural and social sciences to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable development. social and human capital to address our most pressing environmental challenges. ATREE deals with the issue of India’s rapidly diminishing biological resources and natural ecosystems, and the environmental, social and economic dimensions of this decline. With a network of four offices and several filed stations throughout India, ATREE seeks to develop India’s social and human capital to addresses environmental issues at local, regional and national levels.
Asociación Latinoamericana de Botánica - La ALB se creó en 1986 gracias al impulso de la comunidad botánica de América Latina.
Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (formerly the Association for Tropical Biology). The Association for Tropical Biology functions as an international body to promote research, education, conservation, and communication for tropical biology.
Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux  http://www.atibt.com/--The ATIBT plays a leading and recognised role in the dialogue leading to the proposition and implementation of pragmatic solutions for the promotion of the sustainable management of the tropical forest resource, increased local value added transformation and the world consummation of tropical timber products.
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - Works to improve the well-being of people in developing countries and Australia through international collaboration in research and related activities that develop sustainable agricultural systems & appropriate strategies for natural resource management.

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Banko Janakari - Banko Janakari is the oldest forestry journal of Nepal. It is published by the Department of Forest Research and Survey (DFRS), and it publishes papers on forestry issues in Nepal. For latest table of contents see - http://www.nepjol.info/index.php/BANKO
Biological Conservation Newsletter - Articles on conservation research and current news items are featured, as well as information on new publications, fellowships and grants, job announcements, educational materials, and meetings. In addition, an extensive searchable bibliography of current literature is provided, making the newsletter a valuable resource to the biological diversity/conservation community.<http://ravenel.si.edu/bcn/>
Birdlife International - The BirdLife Partnership is a global alliance of conservation organisations working together to improve the quality of life for birds, people and other wildlife.

Brazilian Federal Institute of the Environment & Natural Resources (en Portuguese)

Bruno- Manser-Fund (BMF) is an association for the peoples of the rain forest, is an environmental and human rights organization with its headquarters in Basel. Its aim is to support the Penan people in Sarawak (East Malaysia) as well as other indigenous peoples in their fight to protect tropical rainforests from destruction. Special emphasis is put on informing consumers in the west about tropical wood and illegal logging practices. <http://www.bmf.ch>

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CAB International -- CABI Sustainable solutions for agricultural and environmental problems.
Canadian Forests - is the foremost website on forests and forestry in Canada. It provides quick access to all the Internet sites of the federal and provincial governments, the forest industries, service and supply companies, associations and NGOs, consultants, education and research, forestry news, employment opportunities, and much more. We invite you to browse our pages. Canadian Forests is a private initiative undertaken by John Roper, forestry consultant, and Elizabeth Ruiz, webmaster, based in British Columbia. We are not subsidized in any way by government or industry.
Canadian International Development Agency - CIDA -- CIDA supports sustainable development activities in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.
Caribbean Foresters - <http://www.caribbeanforesters.org/> An information portal for Caribbean forestry and conservation.
Cat Survival Trust -- for endangered species of cats.
Cebem - Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios

Central African Regional Program for the Environment - CARPE

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) - (formerly the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology and the Institute of Freshwater Ecology) CEH is the leading body in the UK for research, survey, and monitoring in terrestrial and freshwater environments. CEH Web provides information about our science, products and data.
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) - the leading body in the UK for research, survey, and monitoring in terrestrial and freshwater environments. CEH Web provides information about our science, products and data.
The Center for Subtropical Agroforestry -  a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional initiative established within the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) at the University of Florida to undertake activities in research, extension, and education and training related to agroforestry.
El Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) - works to improve the well being of humanity through scientific research and postgraduate education applied to the development, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.
Centro Interamericano de Desarrollo Integral de Aguas y Tierras (CIDIAT) <http://www.cidiat.ing.ula.ve/> El Centro Interamericano de Desarrollo e Investigación Ambiental y Territorial es una dependencia de la Universidad de Los Andes dedicada fundamentalmente a la enseñanza a nivel de postgrado y a la investigación interdisciplinaria, que tiene como objetivo principal contribuir con el desarrollo económico y social de Venezuela y el resto de los países de América Latina y el Caribe, a través de la formación de recursos humanos y de la generación, innovación y adaptación de conocimientos para enunciar políticas y diseñar, ejecutar y administrar planes, programas y proyectos de aprovechamiento sustentable del agua, la tierra, los recursos naturales asociados y el ambiente; asimismo, participa como Centro de apoyo en programas de postgrado y pregrado de otras dependencias de la Universidad de Los Andes, para los cuales se le solicita expresa colaboración.
Certification Watch - Since its launch in 1998, Certification Watch has established itself, through its newsletter and other services, as a key source of information on global forest certification developments.
Chinese Academy of Forestry - a multi-discipline, comprehensive and public interest research institution affiliated with the State Forestry Administration. The academy has 9 research institutes, 4 experimental centers and 3 research and development centers, which are located in 10 provinces of China.
CINTRAFOR - The Center for International Trade in Forest Products, CINTRAFOR, is one of the applied research centers within the University of Washington's College of Forest Resources. <http://www.cintrafor.org/>
CIFOR -- Center for International Forestry Research. CIFOR's mission is to contribute to the sustained well-being of people in developing countries, particularly in the tropics. It achieves this through collaborative, strategic and applied research and by promoting the transfer and adoption of appropriate new technologies and social systems for national development.
CIRAD - Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (English language web site).
Collaborative Partnership on Forests--An interagency partnership to: support the work of the UNFF and its member countries, foster increased cooperation and coordination on forests and for the promotion of sustainable management of all types of forests.
Commonwealth Forestry Association - The Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA), as a global network of professional foresters and those in related disciplines, plays an important role in bringing together professional opinion and in providing a forum for debate and the dissemination of information. Although originally instituted as a Commonwealth organization, the CFA now represents a global perspective. Their goal is to promote sustainable management, use and conservation of forests and forest lands throughout the world for socio-economic advancement and maintaining the natural environment.

Community Forestry Resource Center - United States

Conserve Africa Foundation <http://www.conserveafrica.org/>
Conserve Africa Foundation (CAF) is a registered diverse UK-based non-profit environmental organisation set up in 1998 by a group of NGOs, public institutions and individuals in Africa and in the North, who are involved in the issues pertaining to sustainable development and conservation in Africa. Its general objectives are to advance sustainable use and conservation natural resources, environmental conservation and ecotourism in the continent by implementing partnership field projects and activities and by conducting advocacy, capacity-building, policy analysis, networking, education, research, exchange and dissemination of information.
Convention on Biological Diversity - Forest Portal of the CBD. Launch of a new web portal devoted to the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity: This portal was launched on 3 May 2004 and is intended to serve as a tool for facilitating the implementation of the expanded programme of work on forests, for promoting network development amongst interested Parties, governments and stakeholders, and as a way of reviewing the implementation of the expanded work programme. The portal will also provide the opportunity for users to report on relevant case studies and best practices.
CSIRO Tropical Forest Research Centre--Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (Australia)

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Development Zone - The Development Resource Centre. Level 5, PSA House, 11 Aurora Terrace, PO BOX 12 440, Wellington, Aotearoa - New Zealand.Phone: +64 4 472 9549, Fax: +64 4 496 9599, Email: info@dev-zone.org Change for a Just World.

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EIS-AFRICA is dedicated to the improvement in the management, analysis and application of information relevant to the environment to enrich policy debate and decision-making relating to the process of sustainable development and increasing the well being of African people.
EAST AFRICAN ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION SOCIETY We have set up the East African Environmental Information Society, to bring together geographical sciences professionals from the region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Zanzibar). We are interested in getting in touch with professionals in this area interested in joining us for a common cause of sharing scientifically generated data with the end users, the public, as well as for policy. That is those who wish contribute to the membership of the society. If they could get in touch with me via email, I will feed them with more information. You may contact Kunga Ngece at <mwitingece@yahoo.com> or <mwitingece@avu.org>.
East Asia and Pacific Environmental Initiative
Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) has many online publications related to agroforestry.
Eldis Gateway to Development Information - 12, 000 online documents; 4,500 organisations; 15,000 email messages.
The EnviroLink Network is a non-profit organization which has been providing access to thousands of online environmental resources since 1991.
European Tropical Forest Research Network -ETFRN is a forum for communication between European organisations, researchers, EU institutions and others concerned with sub-tropical forest research. The ETFRN Network seeks to promote the involvement of European research expertise towards the conservation and wise use of forests and woodlands in tropical and subtropical countries.

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FAO Forestry (listed under United Nations-click here)
The FAO Programme on Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry (listed under United Nations-click here)
Forest Information Update--Forest Information Update (FIU) is a free weekly email newsletter sent to people interested in the inventorying and monitoring of natural resources. FIU is produced by Forest Information Services and is supported by organizations, agencies and individuals working in the natural resources fields.
Forest Certification Resource Center - The Certified Forest Products Council (CFPC) promotes forest certification as a tool to conserve, protect and restore the world's forests. CFPC has created the Certification Resource Center to help you discover certified products and forests, compare forest certification systems, expand your knowledge and take action.
The Forest Garden Initiative--developing and perfecting a flexible model silvicultural system that fosters the restoration of degraded land through the development of family-owned Forest Gardens by rural agriculturalists around the world. <www.forestgarden.org
Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG) - The Mission of the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana is to conduct high quality, user-focused research that generates scientific knowledge and appropriate technologies which enhance the sustainable development, conservation and efficient utilization of Ghana's forest resources; and also to disseminate the information for the improvement of the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Ghanaian people. <http://www2.forig.org
Forest Research Institute - India. Established in 1906, the Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun, is one of the oldest institutions of its kind, and acclaimed the world over. The Institute's history is vertually synonymous with the evolution and development of scientific forestry, not only in India, but over the entire Indian sub-continent.
Forestry Research Programme - FRP <http://www.frp.uk.com> supports research on problems identified and documented as priorities by Department for International Development's (DFID) forestry partner countries.
Forest Restoration Research Unit - FORRU Chiang Mai University’s Biology Department established the Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU) in collaboration with Doi Suthep- Pui National Park Headquarters in 1994. Supported by BRT and Eden Project FORRU carries out research, to develop appropriate methods to accelerate regeneration of natural forest ecosystems on degraded land, within protected areas of Northern Thailand. This research generates original knowledge to enable local people to improve forest restoration projects for biodiversity conservation, environmental protection and enhancement of human well being. Its new education program can provide free training and extension services to schools and other community groups in forestry and other environmental issues. <http://www.forru.org/>
Forests and Forestry in the Americas: An Encyclopedia--Forests and Forestry in the Americas: An Encyclopedia is a web-based encyclopedia, which currently has over 100 separate entries, contributed by forest and natural resource scholars and experts.
ForestScience.Info--Giving you access to 64 years of research in forest and wood science. ForestScience.info is an online information resource for forest and wood science, developed by CABI Publishing.
ForestScience.info will be of particular interest to those actively involved in research on all aspects of forestry and forest products. Anyone interested in keeping abreast of scientific developments in forestry, agroforestry and wood science will find this site invaluable.
Forest Stewardship Council - FSC  The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization founded in 1993 to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. It is an association of Members consisting of a diverse group of representatives from environmental and social groups, the timber trade and the forestry profession, indigenous people's organizations, community forestry groups and forest product certification organizations from around the world. Membership is open to all who are involved in forestry or forest products and share its aims and objectives. Espanol: Suscríbete a FSC Noticias.  English: Subscribe to the FSC Newsletter.
Forest Trends -  The mission of Forest Trends is to maintain and restore forest ecosystems by promoting incentives that diversify trade in the forest sector, moving beyond exclusive focus on lumber and fiber to a broader range of products and services. <http://www.forest-trends.org>
Forestry Advisors Network - CFAN -- Forestry Advisors Network of the Canadian Development Agency. An informal network of professionals concerned about the future of the forests and the people who depend on them.
Forestry Association of Nigeria
PO Box 4185
Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Tel: 234-64-626535
Forestry and Society Network. Established in 1992, Forestry and Society Network, a nationwide community forestry network, is funded by the Ford Foundation and executed by Chinese Academy of Forestry.
Fundação O Boticário de Proteção à Natureza (O Boticário Foundation for Nature Protection) is a non-profit organization, created and maintained by the O Boticário Group. Its objective is to promote and bring about actions to protect nature. The Fundação O Boticário de Proteção à Natureza materializes its objectives in the conservation of nature by acting as intermediary in protection and research initiatives; by the effective protection of the natural environment; and by the education and mobilization of individuals with regard to conserving nature. It has already consolidated its role as a financial resource for these types of conservation projects in Brazil. Currently there are more than 900 research initiatives supported by the Nature Conservation Incentives Program, which is helping to save plants and animals in danger of extinction, protect relevant natural areas and elevate environmental awareness among the population. <http://www.fundacaoboticario.org.br/>
Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales - FARN. Es una organización no gubernamental, cuyo objetivo principal es promocionar el desarrollo sustentable a través de la política, el derecho y la organización institucional de la sociedad. Los destinatarios del trabajo de FARN son, principalmente, los tomadores de decisiones públicos y privados. Visite: www.farn.org.ar

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The Gaia Way - The Gaia Way is a 501c3 foundation which seeks to create ecologically sound, economically viable solutions to the deforestation of the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil. They have set aside more than 2000 acres for this purpose. Their primary focus, at the moment, is "Saving the Music Tree" (aka Pau Brazil or Pernambuco tree), which is the sole source of wood for making bows for violins, cellos, etc. With help from the government and volunteers, they are repopulating this endangered tree and helping locals establish an economic base which makes it more profitable to grow these trees and support the rainforest rather than turning the rainforest into farmlands.Contact: Box 1048 Lake Forest, CA 92609-1048 Phone: 949 722 1511. <http://www.thegaiaway.org>

Global Association of Online Foresters  - The aim of the G.A.O.F - Global Association of Online Foresters is to increase the understanding of forestry by improving communication world-wide. E-mail & Internet presents us with an opportunity to do border crossing at the speed of light. We are not bound by international boundaries and that is what makes the GAOF exciting. <http://www.foresters.org/>

GLOBAL CANOPY <http://www.globalcanopy.org/> A global alliance linking studies of forest canopies worldwide into a collaborative programme of research, education and conservation addressing biodiversity, climate change and poverty alleviation.
Global Environmental Facility - The Global Environment Facility (GEF) helps developing countries fund projects and programs that protect the global environment. Established in 1991, GEF is the designated financial mechanism for international agreements on biodiversity, climate change, and persistent organic pollutants. GEF also supports projects that combat desertification and protect international waters and the ozone layer.
Global Forest Watch - Global Forest Watch is an initiative of the World Resources Institute.
Global Forest and Trade Network - The GFTN promotes partnerships between non-governmental organizations and companies to improve the quality of forest management worldwide.
Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry - Yale University's Forestry Institute.

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ILLEGAL LOGGING. <http://www.illegal-logging.info/> This site has been developed by the Sustainable Development Programme of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, and funded by the UK Department for International Development.
IMAZON.<www.imazon.org.br> Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazônia. O Imazon é uma instituição de pesquisa, sem fins lucrativos, cuja missão é promover o desenvolvimento sustentável na Amazônia por meio de estudos, disseminação de informações e formação profissional. Imazon is a non profit research institution whose mission is to promote sustainable development in the Amazon region through studies, information dissemination and professional training.
INDIAN COUNCIL OF FORESTRY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION (ICFRE), DEHRADUN - The mandate of the Council is to organize, direct and manage research and education in the forestry sector of India.
Instituto de Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazônia--IMAZON--O Imazon é uma instituição de pesquisa, sem fins lucrativos, cuja missão é promover o desenvolvimento sustentável na Amazônia através de estudos, disseminação de informações e formação profissional.

Institute for Man and Environment in the Amazon--IMAZON--The Amazon Institute of People and Environment - IMAZON is a non-profit research institution whose mission is to promote sustainable development in Amazonia through research, dissemination of information, and professional capacity-building.

Institute for Systematic Botany - The New York Botanical Garden has one of the most consistent, intensive, and distinguished programs of systematic botany research in the world. Plant systematics, the study of the kinds and diversity of plants and their relationships, has been at the heart of the Garden's scientific endeavors for over one hundred years-- organized into the Institute of Systematic Botany (ISB) in 1991.
Institute of Foresters of Australia - The Institute of Foresters of Australia is a professional body with 1240 members engaged in all branches of forest management and conservation in Australia. The Institute is strongly committed to the principles of sustainable forest management and the processes and practices which translate these principles into outcomes. <www.forestry.org.au>
Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry  - To develop and implement knowledge needed to restore, protect, and sustain upland and wetland forests of the Pacific for purposes of conservation and utilization.
International Wood Products Association - The mission of the International Wood Products Association’s (IWPA) is to advance international trade in wood products through leadership in business, environmental and government affairs. The Association serves as the North American imported wood products industry's advocate at the international, state and local levels. IWPA provides valuable policy guidance on legislation, regulations and issues to enhance the sustainability and commercial value of international trade in wood products.
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. http://www.iica.int/ Promoting prosperity in the rural communities of the Americas. The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is a specialized agency of the inter-American system, and its purposes are to encourage and support the efforts of its Member States to foster agricultural development and rural well-being in their territories.
International Agricultural Centre (officially merged with Wageningen University and Research Centre) -- The IAC focuses on capacity building for sustainable development in the agriculture, food, rural development and natural resource management sectors. IAC offers tailor-made courses, study tours, workshops and 75 different regular coures related to five thematic areas.  Its international post-graduate courses are intended for professionals from government, business & civil society. Through its support to organisations and professionals in business, government and civil society the IAC aims to improve the livelihoods of rural people, enhance farming systems, develop sound agri-business opportunities, ensure access to safe and healthy food and establish forms of land and water management that support the maintenance of healthy ecosystems.  Fellowships may in some cases be available. For further information <www.wi.wur.nl>.
International Ag-Sieve - Tropical Forest Products - Global programs of the Rodale Institute.
International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences--IAAS--Founded in 1957, the IAAS is at the moment one of the world's biggest student organizations and one of the leading agricultural student associations. IAAS gathers students studying, majoring or researching in agriculture and related areas like environmental sciences, forestry, food sciences, landscape architecture etc. Its committees are spread in universities in over 40 countries worldwide.
International Centre for Research in Agroforestry - ICRAF - is now known as the World Agroforestry Centre.
ICP Forests - International Co-operation Programme on Assessment & Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests
International Forest List - Discussion list on forestry by Nelson Wong.
International Forestry Students Association--the primary goal of IFSA is to enrich forestry students´ formal education, especially in terms of a wider, more global perspective through extracurricular activities and the exchange of information and experience.
The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods (SARL) Programme of the International Institute of Environment & Development (IIED) seeks to promote sustainable, equitable, decentralised agri-food systems based on local diversity and participatory democracy, thereby contributing to improved livelihoods and entitlements, poverty reduction, and long-term ecological and economic sustainability.
The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) publishes many practical works emphasizing participatory approaches to development and agroforestry. Yen Center and Headquarters, Silang, Cavite, Philippines 4118; E-mail: information@iirr.org.

International Institute for Sustainable Development - to champion innovation, enabling societies to live sustainably.


Instituto Internacional para el Desarrollo Sostenible
La visión de esta institución es la de una mejor vida para todos. Promueve la transición hacia un futuro sostenible. Las herramientas que emplean son la investigación en políticas sobre este tema, intercambio de información y análisis. Visite: <www.iisd.org>.

Integrated Approaches to Participatory Development (IAPAD) - Participatory Avenues <http://www.iapad.org> promotes the diffusion of Participatory 3D Modeling (P3DM) as best practice for merging peoples' knowledge and traditional spatial information. The website supports the culture of knowledge dissemination and acts as focal point for sharing information and technical progress on community-based mapping and Public Participation GIS (PPGIS). P3DM has a wide range of applications ranging from collaborative research and planning for natural resource management, to dealing with conflict resolution and resource tenure.
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) - founded in 1967 with a mandate for improving food production in the humid tropics and to develop sustainable production systems. It became the first African link in the worldwide network of agricultural research centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
International Monetary Fund - The IMF is an international organization of 184 member countries. It was established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment.
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan - The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) is an international organization created by 27 Member States of the United Nations, and has Headquarters in Beijing, China. Through a growing Network of participating organizations and individuals from all continents, INBAR develops and assists in the transfer of appropriate technologies and solutions to benefit the peoples of the world and their environment.
International Network of Forests and Communities (INCF) - The International Network of Forests and Communities (INFC) is part of a larger project that promotes the concept of "ecological governance".
International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) - IPGRI is an international research institute with a mandate to advance the conservation and use of genetic diversity for the well-being of present and future generations. It is a Centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
International Society for the Preservation of the Tropical Rainforest -- The International Society for the Preservation of the Tropical Rainforest (ISPTR) is an American and Peruvian non-profit organization which is comprised of a dedicated team of volunteer naturalists.
International Tree-Ring Data Bank - The primary purpose for the ITRDB is to provide a permanent location for the storage of well-dated, high-quality dendrochronological data from around the world.
International Tropical Timber Organization - (ITTO) was created by treaty in 1983 and its headquarters was established in Yokohama, Japan, in late 1986. The primary idea is to provide an effective framework for consultation among producer and consumer member countries on all aspects of the world timber economy within its mandate. Among its multiple objectives is a commitment to assist members to meet ITTO's unique Year 2000 Objective, which states that by the year 2000 all tropical timber products traded internationally by Member States shall originate from sustainably managed forests.
International Wood Products Association - Founded in 1956, the International Wood Products Association (formerly the International Hardwood Products Association) is the only association in the United States committed to the promotion and enhancement of trade in the imported hardwood and softwood products industry. <http://www.iwpawood.org/>
Iracambi.  Located in the Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil, Iracambi is working to make conservation of the rainforest more attractive than its destruction.  To assist us in this work we accept volunteers and researchers from around the world to work within our research priorities:  Land use management; Forest restoration; Income generating alternatives; Community engagement, as well as work to improve the capacity of the Center. <http://www.iracambi.com/>
IUFRO: Tropical Silviculture - IUFRO is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists. Its objectives are to promote international cooperation in forestry and forest products research. <http://iufro.boku.ac.at/iufronet/d1/wu10700/li10700.htm>
Iwokrama - Guyana and the Commonwealth <http://www.iwokrama.org/>

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Japanese Forestry Information Review <http://homepage2.nifty.com/fujiwara_studyroom/english/e_index.html> -- This site provides information about Japan's forests, forestry, and policies concerning them, and will cover topics including, forest certification, trade, green purchasing, forest monitoring, legislation, criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management.

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Kew Royal Botanic Gardens <http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/conservation/index.html> - United Kingdom

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Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research <http://www.ltrr.arizona.edu> - University of Arizona, Tucson, United States.

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Malaysian Timber Council <http://www.mtc.com.my> --To ensure the sustainability of the Malaysian timber industry by improving its competitiveness, enhancing market access and creating trade opportunities.
Mekong World <http://www.mekongworld.com/> A new website dedicated to providing latest information on forestry and climate policy development in the tropical Mekong region has just been created. News and articles from the tropical mekong region will be posted regularly.
Mountain Forum <http://www.mtnforum.org/> - The Mountain Forum promotes global action toward equitable and ecologically sustainable mountain development. This is achieved through information sharing, mutual support and advocacy. In order to achieve these objectives the Mountain Forum uses modern and traditional communications, supports networking and capacity building and encourages members to be proactive in advocating sustainable development of mountain areas.
Mundo Forestal <http://www.elmundoforestal.com/> - El sitio Forestal de Costa Rica

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National Association of Professional Forestry Schools and Colleges <www.naufrp.org>. The National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP), (formerly the National Association of Professional Forestry Schools and Colleges) was formed in 1981. NAUFRP represents 69 of our nation’s most prestigious universities and their respective scientists, educators and extension specialists. NAUFRP’s purpose is to advance the health, productivity, and sustainability of America’s forests by providing university-based natural resource education, research, science, extension and international programs.
New Forests Project-The NFP is a people-to-people, direct-action program established in 1982 in an effort to initiate reforestation and reduce deforestation in developing countries.
New York Botanical Garden <http://www.nybg.org/> United States. The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants, an educational institution, and a scientific research organization.

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Organization for Tropical Studies  The OTS is a non-profit consortium that has grown to include 65 universities and research institutions from the United States, Latin America and Australia. In the early 1960's, scientists from U.S. universities forged working relationships with colleagues at the Universidad de Costa Rica in the interest of strengthening education and research in tropical biology. Intense interest both in the U.S. and Costa Rica led to the founding of OTS in 1963. OTS was founded to provide leadership in education, research and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. To address this mission, OTS conducts graduate and undergraduate education, facilitates research, participates in tropical forest conservation, maintains three biological stations in Costa Rica and conducts environmental education programs.

The Overstory-The Overstory is a free e-mail agroforestry journal for practitioners, researchers, professionals, and enthusiasts. One issue is sent every two weeks focusing on a concept in related to designing, developing, and learning more about agroforestry systems. Each edition includes project development strategies, brief book recommendations, species highlights, internet links to helpful information for agroforesters, and much more.

  • The Overstory Book -- contains the first 3 years of the Overstory, revised, formatted and indexed. Available as a book or as a CD.

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Pacific Islands Forests & Trees Support Programme works to provide information and coordination for institutions and organizations working in forestry in the Pacific Islands to sustainably manage, conserve, use and develop their forest tree resources.

Participatory Avenues--Aims at sharing significant progress in visualizing people's knowledge and in providing communities added stake in tailoring and owning integrated conservation and development initiatives.
Peace Corps
People and Plants Initiative - carries out applied research projects, community workshops, exchanges and training courses with young ethnobotanists from developing countries and disseminates results and information through their People and Plants Online Program. People and Plants is a partnership of WWF-UK and UNESCO.
People, Trees and Agriculture in Africa - P E T R E A  The Research Programme for People, Trees and Agriculture in Africa.
Permaculture International Limited (PIL) provides services to members in
support of their work in permaculture design, service, and other permaculture-related activities.  E-mail: admin@permacultureinternational.org.
Permanent Agriculture Resources (PAR) - carries out agroforestry education and research in the Pacific, provides workshops and publications including The Overstory, a free e-mail journal. E-mail: par@agroforestry.net
Project Constance -- Links and news information related to forestry, biodiversity, healthcare, poverty, food and food security from around the world.
Projeto Dinâmica Biológica de Fragmentos Florestais (PDBFF) é um projeto de cooperação científica entre o Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) e o Smithsonian Institution dos EUA. <http://pdbff.inpa.gov.br/>.

The Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP) is a bi-national, collaborative research project between the Smithsonian Institution and the Brazilian Institute for Research in the Amazon (INPA).<http://pdbff.inpa.gov.br/>

PROSEA stands for Plant Resources of South-East Asia and is:
-an international programme focused on the documentation of information on plant resources of South-East Asia;
-interdisciplinary, covering the fields of agriculture, forestry, horticulture and botany;
-a research programme, making the knowledge available for education and extension;
-ecologically focused on promoting plant resources for sustainable tropical land-use systems;
-committed to conservation of biodiversity;
-committed to rural development through diversification of resources and application of farmers' knowledge.

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Rainforest Action Network - Since it was founded in 1985, the Rainforest Action Network has been working to protect tropical rainforests and the human rights of those living in and around those forests.
Rainforest Alliance - Rainforest Alliance is a leading international conservation organization. Our mission is to protect ecosystems and the people and wildlife that live within them by implementing better business practices for biodiversity conservation and sustainability. Companies, cooperatives, and landowners that participate in our programs meet rigorous standards for protecting the environment, wildlife, workers, and local communities.
The Rainforest Conservation Fund is dedicated to preserving the world's tropical forests, and features current applications of agroforestry species, their advantages and disadvantages including marketing, soil needs, growth, pests, etc. in northeastern Peru.
RAinforest REport (RARE) - RARE, a quarterly e-zine, packed with rainforest news, reviews, expedition updates and student research opportunities.
Rare Center for Tropical Conservation
REDESMA - red de desarrollo sostenible y medio ambiente <http://www.redesma.org/>
Reforest The Tropics, Inc. (RTT) is a non-profit organization committed to the development and demonstration of projects that offset US-generated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by planting new tropical forests. RTT is the link between CO2 emitters and Costa Rican farmers who reforest pastures with funding from the emitter, thereby reducing the total amount of global warming greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Regional Community Forestry Training Center
for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC)
- Asia and the Pacific. RECOFTC’s mandate is to promote peoples’ participation in forest management.
Resource Center for Urban Agriculture and Forestry - RUAF. RUAF is a global resource centre initiated by the international Support Group on Urban Agriculture and is funded by: DGIS (The Netherlands) and IDRC (Canada).

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Schumacher College -- An International Centre for Ecological Studies. For details of Schumacher College and its courses, please contact: Administrator, Schumacher College, The Old Postern, Dartington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EA, United Kingdom. Phone: 0-1803-865934. Fax: 0-1803-866899. E-mail: admin@schumachercollege.org.uk. URL: <www.schumachercollege.org.uk>. 
The SD Gateway integrates the on-line information developed by members of the Sustainable Development Communications Network.
SmartWood is a Program of the Rainforest Alliance and has been accredited by the internationally recognized Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). SmartWood provides forest management and chain of custody certification services worldwide, along with training, research, education, and policy work on sustainable forestry and certification.
Society of American Foresters - United States
Southern Hemisphere Forestry
Sustainable Forestry Board - United States
Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) provides farmers and communities in the tropics with long-term assistance implementing environmentally and economically sustainable technologies.

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Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) -- Advancing agricultural & rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries by promoting the transfer, exchange and utilisation of information. <http://www.cta.int>
Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability (TREES)--Enhancing the knowledge, skills and attitudes of individuals promoting tropical resources develo9pment and ecosystems sutainability through training and continuing education programs.
Tree City Initiative -- A response to address the increasing needs for development and improved management of urban forests in developing countries.
Tree Link -- information, research, and networking for people working in urban and community forestry.
Trees for the Future is a non-profit organization initiating and supporting agroforestry self-help projects in cooperation with groups and individuals in developing countries.
Trees, Water and People - works cooperatively with communities to establish and maintain sustainable forests, watersheds and wetlands while improving people's lives.
Tropenbos International (TBI)--Improving tropical forest management for people, conservation and sustainable development.
Tropical Forest Action Network - JATAN is a Japanese NGO, which is committed to the conservation of tropical rainforests and forests all over the world.
Tropical Science Center <http://www.cct.or.cr/> contributing to sustainable development in The Tropics since 1962.

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United Nations
Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission - Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) is one of 6 FAO Regional Forestry Commissions that cover the world’s major geographic regions. The APFC, a forum for advising and taking action on key forestry issues, focuses on issues pertinent to Asia-Pacific, a region characterized by its diversity and rapid changes. Its activities are also shaped by shifts in international forestry paradigms, priorities and practices.
FAO Forestry - The FAO Forestry Web site provides literally thousands of pages of information, access to all of FAO’s forest-related databases, detailed country profiles and links to documents on all aspects of forestry. Recent additions include new sites on forest fire, national forest programmes and forest reproductive material, among others. Pages are available in English, French and Spanish, and increasingly also in Arabic and Chinese. The site includes pages for technical specialists as well as the general public. Some 2 000 to 3 000 visitors browse the site each day.
  The FAO Programme on Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry -- The Urban and Per-Urban Forestry programme aims to document and disseminate information and to provide technical guidance to member countries in the field of Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry. Initially the efforts have been concentrated initially on examining the potential role of urban forestry in developing countries, on increasing awareness of the issue, and on improving documentation and accessibility of information on the subject.
United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development - aimed at furthering progress towards broad global sustainable development objectives.
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization - 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.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. <http://www.epa.gov/>

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Viikki Tropical Resources Institute -- VITRI <http://www.honeybee.helsinki.fi/mmeko/vitri/> VITRI forms part of the Department of Forest Ecology provides academic training and carries out research on forests and related natural resources in tropical and developing countries. VITRI staff also undertakes national and international assignments related to tropical forest management as well as environmental and forest policy.

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Wageningen University and Research Centre (officially merged with International Agricultural Centre) -- Wageningen University and Research Centre is an internationally renowned knowledge institute. It makes an essential contribution to the quality of life through its pioneering research and innovative education in the fields of health and nutrition, sustainable agricultural systems and viable environment.

Winrock International -  Uses innovative approaches in agriculture, environmental protection, renewable energy, leadership development, and policy to increase long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management. Their mission is to help the poor and disadvantaged.

Women for Sustainable Development - India. The aim of WSD, which is based on the principle of conscious and responsible participation of women, is to implement relevant development programmes.
The World Agroforestry Centre (formerly International Center for Research in Agroforestry, ICRAF) has extensive worldwide programs in agroforestry research and training. The World Agroforestry Centre combines excellence in scientific research and development to address global poverty, hunger and environmental needs through collaborative programs and partnerships that transform lives and landscapes locally and globally.
World Agricultural Information Centre -- WAICENT --The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and its 183 Members highlight information as one of the priority areas in fighting hunger and achieving food security. FAO established the World Agricultural Information Centre (WAICENT) for agricultural information management and dissemination, in an effort to fight hunger with information. WAICENT is FAO's strategic programme for improving access to essential documents, statistics, maps and multimedia resources to millions of users around the globe.
World Bank - the World Bank Forests Team takes a multi-sectoral approach to forest management that takes into account impacts on forests and forest people of activities, policies and practices outside the forest sector.
The World Conservation Union--IUCN  The world's largest conservation-related organization, bringing together 76 states, 111 government agencies, 732 NGOs, 36 affiliates, and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership.
World Forestry Congress - The Congress serves as a forum to exchange views and experience, discuss forestry issues and formulate broad regional or global recommendations. The Congress provides the forestry sector the opportunity to produce a periodical overview of the state of forests and forestry, discern trends, adapt policies and raise awareness with decision-makers, the public and all concerned parties. The final statement of the XII World Forestry Congress (WFC2004) is available at: <http://www.fao.org/DOCREP/ARTICLE/WFC/XII/FINALSTAT-E.PDF>.
World Forests, Society and Environment - The IUFRO-WFSE project is focusing on identifying, monitoring and analysing critical issues and changing paradigms concerning global forests, in support of sustainable development and the well-being of people.
World Rainforest Movement is an international network of citizens' groups of North and South involved in efforts to defend the world's rainforests.
World Resource Institute--World Resources Institute is an environmental research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the planet and improve people’s lives.
World Summit on Sustainable Development - Johannesburg Summit 2002 – brought together tens of thousands of participants, including heads of State and Government, national delegates and leaders from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses and other major groups to focus the world's attention and direct action toward meeting difficult challenges, including improving people's lives and conserving our natural resources in a world that is growing in population, with ever-increasing demands for food, water, shelter, sanitation, energy, health services and economic security.
World Wildlife Fund - World Wide Fund For Nature The conservation organization.
World Wildlife Fund - Cameroon http://www.wwfcameroon.org/
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