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ERIC Number: ED411819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 8
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Advocating Global Forest Issues on the Internet.
Kempf, Alois
Sustainable development, biological diversity and conservation of tropical forests are only a few of the hot environmental and political topics where the actors involved have started to make use of the world-wide computer networks. The Internet (as a transport medium of information exchange) and the World Wide Web (as the favorite service to interconnect related movements) are being chosen by international organizations, scientific institutes, forest products industry and environmental activists for advocating their specific view on forestry, wood production and ecological concerns. This paper points out patterns of interaction by presenting Internet services of different institutions involved, for example the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF), the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and the World Conservation Monitoring Center (WCMC). Special attention is given to information services based on computer-mediated communication, such as the electronic clearinghouse Linkages, and to action groups advocating online such as the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) or Ecological Enterprises. The difficult task of information professional in this context will be to keep track of relevant documents and special interest networks on the Internet. Otherwise they will not be able to serve the user's need for adequate interpretation of accessible documentation from electronic resources. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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