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    Wageningen University and Research Centre: ALTERRA Green World Research

    ALTERRA is the key institute in the Netherlands specializing on rural areas. Biodiversity is an important research program within their sector Ecology and Environment.

    Contact persons:
    Dr. Paul Hillegers, Coordinator
    Dr. Marleen van den Top, Dr. Aart van den Berg, and
    Dr. Anton Stortelder

    P.O. Box 67, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
    Tel. No. +31 317 477856
    Fax No. +31 317 424988

    Wageningen University and Research Centre
    Department of Rural Development Sociology

  • Contact Person:
    Prof. Leontine Visser


    Hollandseweg 1
    6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands
    Tel. No. +31 317 482015
    Fax No. +31 317 482842

    Department of Environmental Sciences, Sub-department of Soil Quality

    Contact Persons:
    Prof. Lijbert Brussaard and Dr. Ron de Goede

    Dreijenplein 10
    P.O. Box 8005, 6700 EC Wageningen, The Netherlands
    Tel. No. +31 317 482354
    Fax No. +31 317 483766


    Nationaal Herbarium Nederland - Leiden University: National Herbarium of the Netherlands (NHN)

    The NHN was established in 1999 as the central merger of the three major university herbaria in the Netherlands: Leiden, Utrecht, and Wageningen. The NHN is a core institute of the National Research School Biodiversity. It is one of the largest herbaria in the world.

    Contact persons:
    Dr. P. Baas, Director

    Nationaal Herbarium Nederland,
    Universiteit Leiden Branch
    P.O. Box 9514, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
    Tel. No. + 31 71 527 3515
    Fax No. +31 71 527 3522


    NATURALIS - Leiden University: National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis)
  • Description:
    Naturalis is actively involved with nature. One of their main research themes is biodiversity. Museum Naturalis is strongly involved in the study of fauna of Southeast Asia since nearly 200 years, which has resulted in an extensive collection of specimens and secondary sources (publications).

    Contact persons:
    Dr. Jan Krikken, Associate Director
    Dr. Bert W. Hoeksema, Head, Department of Invertebrates
    Dr. Jan van Tol

    P.O. Box 9517, NL-2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
    Tel. No. + 31 071 568 7622
    Fax No. + 31 071 568 7666

  • CML

    Centre of Environmental Science (CML) - Leiden University:
  • Description:
    CML is an interfaculty department whose main area of work is on research and education on the causes and solutions to environmental problems. Biodiversity related issues are important research themes.

    Contact person:
    Dr. Gerard Persoon
    Head, Programme Environment and Development

    Einsteinweg 2
    P.O. Box 9518, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
    Tel. No. +31 71 527 7474/ 7428
    Fax No. +31 71 527 7496

  • IHE

    IHE - International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic, and Environmental Engineering (IHE)

    IHE in Delft, the Netherlands is working in the field of water control and environmental resources. Its mission is to contribute to the education and training of professionals. It is active in research and networks on water security, environmental integrity, urbanization, information and communication, and integrations.

    Contact person:
    Dr. Erik de Ruyter van Steveninck
    Department of Environmental Resources

    P.O. Box 3015, 2601 DA Delft, The Netherlands
    Tel. No. 015 215 1777
    Fax No. 015 212 2921

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  • ETC

  • The Health Research Programme

  • GHANA (not yet in operation)

  • Internal Link to Reference Guide

  • FAO Soil Biodiversity Portal

  • The Global Facilitation Unit for Underutilized Species

    The Global Facilitation Unit for Underutilized Species has now launched its web site. The aim of this site is to be the internet gateway to information on underutilized species for a large and diverse clientele including researchers, development workers, policymakers, donor organizations, farmers, consumers, etc. The site is not intended to duplicate existing efforts, but rather to provide an umbrella or portal to all sources of information about underutilized species available.

    The kind of information accessible through this portal ranges from details of specific crops, events of interest, important topics related to underutilized species, to relevant publications. Shortly it will provide a database of experts and ongoing activities on underutilized species. Besides making knowledge available for download, the site also intends to offer a platform for communication among interested parties.

  • Conference on Parties on Biodiversity

  • IUCN

  • SciDev.Net

    As the UN Convention on Biological Diversity comes to a close, SciDev.Net explores how concerns over biodiversity can be reconciled with the needs of the developing world. A new dossier on the SciDev.Net website ( has evolved from the previous quick guide on biodiversity with the addition of four specially commissioned policy briefs, along with new opinion pieces and features. It also has the latest news, links, definitions and details of future events.

    The new dossier's specially commissioned policy briefings summarise key aspects of the issue in an informative and accessible style:
    - The UN Convention on Biological Diversity
    Policy analyst, Stas Burgiel, charts the progress of the biodiversity convention, and discusses the relative successes and many difficulties it has had to weather.
    - Modern agriculture and biodiversity
    In recent times, agriculture and biodiversity have coexisted uneasily. Barbara Gemmill and Ana Milena Varela describe how the future of each is intimately bound up in the other.
    - How biodiversity loss affects ecosystems
    Some environmental researchers take the view that species-rich ecosystems function better than those that are species-poor. Others disagree. Shahid Naeem assesses the arguments.
    - Biodiversity and climate change
    Hannah Reid, Balakrishna Pisupati and Helen Baulch explore the inextricable links between biodiversity and climate, and explain why an integrated policy approach is required.

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