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UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC) provides information services on conservation and sustainable use of the world's living resources, and helps others to develop information systems of their own.

The IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) promotes the establishment and effective management of a world-wide representative network of terrestrial and marine protected areas, as an integral contribution to the IUCN mission. Its purpose is simple: to promote interaction among WCPA members and a sense of community and to effectively communicate WCPA messages relating to protected areas and provide specific WCPA information, such as membership data, activities, news, publications, reports, and key events

World Heritage Information Network (WHIN): a clearing-house for information about the natural and cultural sites identified as being of "outstanding universal value" and inscribed on the World Heritage List by the Intergovernmental World Heritage Committee. This list is established as part of the international implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) directs its conservation efforts toward three global goals: protecting endangered spaces, saving endangered species, and addressing global threats. From working to save the giant panda, tiger, and rhino to helping establish and manage parks and reserves worldwide, WWF has been a conservation leader for more than 39 years.

The World Conservation Union mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. IUCN is the world's largest environmental knowledge network. Within the framework of global conventions IUCN has promoted sustainability and helped over 50 countries to prepare and implement National Conservation Strategies.

Conservation International is a useful site which presents the organization's mission, strategies and campaigns to protect rainforests, coastal and coral reef systems and dry forests, deserts and wetlands.

The UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme is an interdisciplinary program of research and training intended to develop the basis, within the natural and social sciences, for the rational use and conservation of the resources of the biosphere, and for the improvement of the global relationship between people and the environment. The overall program is guided by the MAB International Coordinating Council, consisting of 34 member states. WCPA works closely with the MAB Programme and specifically acts as an Advisory Body to the International Coordinating Council. WCPA also co-operates closely in major MAB activities, such as the Seville Biosphere Reserve Congress.

World Resources Institute (WRI) provides information, ideas and solutions to global environmental problems. The WRI mission is to move human society to live in ways that protects earths environment for future generation. WRI meets global challenges by using knowledge to catalyze public and private action. WCPA works closely with WRI in the application of approaches such as bioregional planning to ensure the more effective establishment and management of protected areas, as well as more effective planning across the entire landscape.

Birdlife International is a global Partnership of conservation organizations with a focus on birds that works together on shared priorities, policies and programs of conservation action, exchanging skills, achievements and information, growing in ability, authority and influence. The BirdLife International Partnership strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.

Tropenbos coordinates research for the sustainable management and conservation of tropical forests. Projects are located in Vietnam, Indonesia, Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Columbia and Guyana.

Coral Cay provides resources to help sustain livelihoods and alleviate poverty through the protection, restoration and management of coral reefs and tropical forests

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has officially been established on 1st March, 2001, as a multilateral international scientific program devoted to deliver biodiversity information freely available via the internet. GBIF is currently supported by 30 national governments, economies, and international organizations.

Forests Conservation Portal. works to end deforestation, preserve old-growth forests, conserve and sustainably manage other forests, maintain climatic systems and commence the age of ecological restoration.

NatureServe (formerly known as ABI) is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to developing and providing knowledge to protect out natural world. Working with our network of member programs in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, NatureServe collects and develops authoritative information about the plants, animals, and ecological communities of the Western Hemisphere.

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