International organisations and academia


GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY: The Operational Strategy lays the foundation for GEF’s efforts in 6 focal areas and 15 operational programs. The strategy incorporates guidance from conventions for which GEF serves as financial mechanism: the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.


INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION is a specialized agency of the United Nations which is responsible for measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent marine pollution from ships.


LARGE MARINE ECOSYSTEMS:A global effort is underway by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), other United Nations agencies, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)to improve the long-term sustainability of resources and environments of the world’s Large Marine Ecosystems (LMES) and linked watersheds.

Non governmental organisations

UICN: The World Conservation Union is the world’s largest and most important conservation network. The Union brings together 83 States, 110 government agencies, more than 800 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership.

OCEAN CONSERVANCY promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life.

UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME : UNEP provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: The Society’s Mission Programs support critical expeditions and scientific fieldwork; encourage geography education for students; promote natural and cultural conservation; and inspire audiences through new media, vibrant exhibitions, and live events.

WWF: Much of our work is in areas where the most critically endangered wildlife and the least protected habitats are found. However, the origins of many environmental problems lie in developed countries, in our attitudes and behaviour – for example, our consumption of natural resources.

European organisms, consortium or institutions

EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY: The EEA supports sustainable development and helps achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe’s environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy making agents and the public.

EUROCEAN: EurOcean is a focal point for information on marine science and technology in Europe. Its internet portal is aiming to provide information on topics related to marine science and technology in Europe.

ICES: International Council for the Exploration of the Sea is the organisation that coordinates and promotes marine research in the North Atlantic. This includes adjacent seas such as the Baltic Sea and North Sea.

AQUARING is a EU Project to set up an online resource for information on aquatic sciences. Its content is provided by European aquariums, natural history museums and science centres. This website presents the project before its launch in March 2009.

NATURA 2000 : The purpose of the Natura 2000 network is to preserve biodiversity by maintaining or restoring natural habitats of Community importance.

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