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| Last Updated:: 03/08/2015

Global Networks

 

 

 

The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest environmental organization founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization. Today the largest professional global conservation network. A leading authority on the environment and sustainable development. More than 1,200 member organizations including 200+ government and 900+ non-government organizations

 

 

The International Whaling Commission is an Inter-Governmental Organisation tasked with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling.  It is set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling signed in 1946.  The Commission has a current membership of 89 Governments from countries around the World.

 

 

SCOR is the leading international non-governmental organization for the promotion and coordination of international oceanographic activities. SCOR science activities focus on promoting international cooperation in planning and conducting oceanographic research, and solving methodological and conceptual problems that hinder research. National SCOR Committees in 32 nations contribute annual dues to finance the core functions of SCOR and more than 200 scientists participate in SCOR working groups, scientific steering committees for the large-scale ocean research projects, and other SCOR projects.

 

 

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) was established by international convention in 1982 with the objective of conserving Antarctic marine life. This was in response to increasing commercial interest in Antarctic krill resources, a keystone component of the Antarctic ecosystem.

 

 

The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the largest assembly of data on the world's terrestrial and marine protected areas, containing more than 161,000 protected areas as of October 2010, with records covering 236 countries and territories throughout the world. The WDPA is a joint venture between the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).

 

Data for the WDPA is collected from international convention secretariats, governments and collaborating NGOs, but the role of custodian is allocated to the Protected Areas Programme of UNEP-WCMC, based in Cambridge, UK, who have hosted the database since its creation in 1981. The WDPA delivers invaluable information to decision-makers around the world, particularly in terms of measuring the extent and effectiveness of protected areas as an indicator for meeting global biodiversity targets. In October 2010, UNEP-WCMC launched the social media-based website Protected Planet, which allows users to interact with and improve the data that is currently recorded on the World Database on Protected Areas.

 

 

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Database_on_Protected_Areas)