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Advancing the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
ASLO is a membership organization for researchers and educations of aquatic science.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Fisheries & Aquaculture Department
The department objective is to facilitate and secure the long-term sustainable development and utilization of the world's fisheries and aquaculture. The website provides information on a wide range of topics related to fisheries and aquaculture, publications, events, etc. The website also provides access to FAO’s to several global statistical collections as well as regional geographical profiles, maps, and GIS/remote sensing data.

Integration Application Network
The Integration and Application Network (IAN) is a dedicated group of scientists intent on solving, not just studying environmental problems. IAN and strive to inspire, manage and produce timely syntheses and assessments on key environmental issues, with a special emphasis on Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. IAN is an initiative of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, but links with other academic institutions, resource management agencies and non-governmental organizations. This website provides links to publications, relevant news stories, events, and rosources (such as a photo library).

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
The IOC is part of UNESCO and promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, and hazard mitigation endorsing the appropriate management of natural resources in oceans and coastal areas. IOC’s website provides access to reports and publications, information to the regional sub-commissions, and the different programmes of the organization.

International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC)
ILEC’s objective is to promote the sustainable use and conservation of lakes and reservoirs worldwide to a series of different strategies. The website offers access to a series of publications and a wide-range of link to associated organizations/institutions. Additionally, the World Lake Database providing environmental and socio-economic data of important lakes and reservoirs worldwide is accessible through the webpage.

Large Marine Ecosystems of the World (LME)
The Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) concept or approach established by NOAA divides the world’s oceans in regions with homogeneous eco-physical (e.g. bathymetry, productivity, etc) rather than economical/political characteristics. Accordingly, the LME approach is ecosystem-based and seeks to monitor change in each region in order to take remedial actions geared towards the recovery and sustainable management of marine goods and services. The website provides general information on the concept, the different geographical regions established, reports/publications, as well as GIS data and a number of digital maps.

Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO)
POGO is a forum composed by the directors and leaders of major oceanographic institutions worldwide striving to promote global oceanography and in particular the implementation of an international and integrated global ocean observing system. The website provides information on POGO objectives, research cruise information (e.g. characteristics, schedules, summary reports), products, meeting and workshops, etc.

Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)
SCOR is the leading international non-governmental organization working to promote and coordinate international oceanographic activities.

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
The Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty responsible to foster the conservation of a series of established “Wetlands of Ecological Significance” worldwide as well as promoting the sustainable use of all wetlands within member countries.

United Nations Environment Programme/World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC
UNEP-WCMC is a partnership that aims to provide synthesis, analyses and dissemination of biodiversity knowledge on a global scale. One of its main is goal is to make biodiversity information accessible to countries, organizations, conventions and companies involved in policy implementation and decision making. UNEP-WCMC has a Marine Assessment and Support Programme addressing marine and coastal biodiversity issues globally. The website provides a wealth of information and data ranging from publications/reports, global information on protected areas, global biodiversity atlas, interactive maps, worldwide habitats, international policy, etc. There is an emphasis on data from coastal/marine ecosystems, including seagrass, mangrove, and coral communities as well as region-specific data (e.g. Caspian, Caribbean, etc).



Vehicle ownership and income growth, worldwide: 1960-2030
Dargay, J., Gately. and M, Sommer. The Energy Journal 28 (4), 2007.

Global Application of the Large Marine Ecosystem Concept – 2007-2010
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., National Marine Fisheries Service. and Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Woods Hole, MA, 2007.

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Wetlands and Water Synthesis
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. World Resources Institute, Washington, DC, 2005.