United Nations System-Wide
Earthwatch
 
 
UNEP PLANNING WORKSHOP
ON ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
(Geneva, 15-17 March 2000)

REPORT



CONTENTS
Purpose and Scope
Introduction of participants
UNEP Observing and Assessment Strategy and UNF/UNFIP project
Web site design and coordination
Distributed environmental information system
Guidelines and best practices
Networking
WORKING GROUPS
Technical Standards and Tools
Web Sites, Operating Procedures and Organization
Substantive Environmental Information
Tagging with key words
User needs assessment methodology
Processes and capacity building
Review of Prototype UNEP Web Site
Action items
Table 1 - Actions and Contributions
Annex 1 - List of Participants 

1. The first UNEP Planning Workshop on Environmental Information Systems was organized by Earthwatch Coordination in Geneva on 15-17 March 2000. It brought together those in UNEP and its partner organizations who are involved in the conceptual development of web sites, information clearing-houses, CD-ROMs, meta-databases and other environmental information systems (see list of participants in Annex 1).

Purpose and Scope

2. In opening the workshop, the Earthwatch Coordinator and project director of the United Nations Foundation/UN Fund for International Partnerships (UNF/UNFIP) project summarized its purpose and scope as follows. UNEP's assessment function is only effective if it delivers environmental information for decision-making, and the new information technologies are radically changing the potential for doing this. The UNEP Environmental Observing and Assessment Strategy (http://www.unep.ch/earthw/strategy.htm), for which the Division of Environmental Information, Assessment and Early Warning (DEIA&EW) provides leadership, calls for an Internet-based environmental information meta-system (system of systems) that brings together new integrated information frameworks and harmonized, readily-accessible data sets to support assessment and decision-making across the international system, including UNEPís own assessment activities.

3. This meeting is the first of two UNEP-wide planning/training workshops, in March and November 2000, supported by the UNF/UNFIP project on the New UNEP Global Participatory Observing and Assessment Strategy, to catalyze the development of this system. It will build UNEP's capacity to help the various observing and assessment processes converge into a coherent environmental information system able to deliver outputs using the latest information technologies. The target is to address the priorities of Agenda 21 Chapter 40 to reduce the data gap and to increase the availability of environmental information for decision-making.

4. The UNF/UNFIP project aims to assist UNEP to have a coherent set of web sites and systems up and running, at least in skeletal form, by the end of the year. This will require substantive information on the environment, rather than just institutional information about organizations and programmes (which is what most web sites feature now). The aim of the workshop is to define concrete time-limited outputs that demonstrate the improved availability of environmental information for decision-making.

5. The inter-agency Earthwatch Working Party held just prior to the workshop (13-14 March, report at http://www.unep.ch/earthw/ewwp6rpt.htm) considered the kinds of decision-support tools on environment and sustainable development that could be demonstrated to the Commission on Sustainable Development in 2001 to show progress in providing information for decision-making. This workshop gives UNEP an opportunity to plan to develop tools for that demonstration next year.

Introduction of participants

6. Each participant gave a brief summary of his or her work on environmental information systems, as an introduction to the wide range of capacities and experience in electronic information systems already existing within UNEP and its key partners.

UNEP Observing and Assessment Strategy and UNF/UNFIP project

7. The Earthwatch Coordinator provided a short review of the potential of information technologies to bridge the data gap and to improve the availability of environmental information, as proposed in UNEP's strategy. Discussion considered where the UNF/UNFIP project effort interfaces and integrates with the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) process, UNEPnet, and the UNEP Web Task Force.

Web site design and coordination

8. The workshop reviewed progress in World Wide Web site design and coordination, as it relates to the need to organize and deliver substantive environmental information. With guidance from the Chairman of the UNEP Web Task Force, it considered policy and organizational issues (related to operational aspects) as well as technologies and tools to make the web UNEPís primary method for communicating its policy message and delivering public awareness and thematic information. In particular, it reviewed three draft papers for the Web Task Force: A Framework for the Development Process for UNEP's Web Sites, UNEP Web (Browsing) Structure, and Web Design Guidelines.

Distributed environmental information system

9. The workshop was asked to address the organization of a distributed environmental information system, focusing on how to organize substantive information on the environment and sustainable development to make it more accessible and useful for decision-making. It reviewed what UNEP itself is planning, the contributions of UNEPnet, and related plans of outside partners such as the World Resources Institute proposal for a Global Internet Data Portal for Sustainability. It supported the idea of a distributed system, with links from web pages in Nairobi to both local and remote content. The potential of such systems to deliver early warnings of environmental problems was considered, including the early warning network to which SCOPE will contribute with UNFIP project support.

Guidelines and best practices

10. The workshop reviewed what policy guidelines, standards, protocols, and best practices already exist, and proposed processes to complement these where necessary, as a guide to future work. The UN Information Systems Coordination Committee (ISCC) provided a useful background document: An overview of ISCC Decisions relevant to Web-site design and Information Systems.

Networking

11. Participants considered the requirements for effective networking among the many participating partners, including lines of communication and responsibilities, so as to facilitate collaboration and convergence of sites and systems.

WORKING GROUPS

12. To focus in more detail on the different agenda items, the workshop formed three working groups, each of which was requested to develop sub-plans for particular areas. These plans were to include: scenarios for the development of the activity, the partners or participants who needed to be involved, the processes to be followed and the tools to be used, the pages that would be required on the web (including both intranet and internet dimensions), the structures or organizations to implement the activity and their responsibilities, and the outputs/deliverables by the end of the year. Not all the groups had time to cover all these dimensions.

Technical Standards and Tools

13. The working group on technical standards and tools considered the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Support System (GEOSS) (http://geoss.unep.org/) and its generalization so as to make it available for other uses. It also discussed the Z39.50 standard, Internet Map Server technologies and GISWEB, web design software and tools, search engines and common coding/tagging of information.

14. It agreed on the Z standard as a minimum requirement for the system, with other options such as XML and CORBA also possible. UNEPnet will assist with the rollout of I-Sight. The GEOSS servers will have Z anyway. Targets by the end of the year were to have at least 6 Z-compliant servers operating at UNEP Regional Offices, and at least 3 operating at GRID centres. An unspecified number of GEO collaborating centres (GEOSS) would also be running Z. The UNEPnet Implementation Centre (UIC) was committed to provide ongoing support. The necessary training requirements could be considered within the UNF/UNFIP project.

15. The working group also agreed on the Infoterra ENVOC Multilingual Thesaurus of Environmental Terms as the required control list for common coding and tagging of information in the system. Manual meta tags would need to be generated initially, but automated assistance would be built into GEOSS and UNEPnet. User guides and other capacity development would be needed. The standard vocabulary would be an advantage for AltaVista and other lists and search engines, as well as UNEP's own search mechanisms. The UN Information Systems Coordination Committee (ISCC) requirement to use UNIVOC was noted, and would be complied with where appropriate. Another recommended requirement was that text be tagged to indicate language to facilitate multilingual searching.

16. With respect to agreed Web design tools, anything that complies with HTML 3.2 would be acceptable. Page developers should be aware of proprietary dependencies, and should limit their use of special features exclusive to specific software, such as Microsoft. The use of Java should also be restricted, and allow for non-Java users, because of browser dependencies. No specific action was required, but developers should be aware of users with limited browser capabilities.

17. The group further agreed on Internet Map Server (IMS) as an option. An inventory/catalogue for interoperability will be required, and data management standards will be needed. Data format standards will also be required. Licensing costs were an issue, which perhaps could be addressed at a meeting with ESRI in April. GRID-Arendal agreed to report on its IMS experiences to the November follow-up meeting. Some of the GRID centres, and UNITAR through the UNFIP project, will target 14 collaborating centres for assistance with the publication of spatial data.

18. Search engines and harvesting were discussed, but there was no clear outcome or action.

19. On the linkages between sites, this must be at lower levels, and not just between home pages. The problem is where volatility occurs as pages are changed and sites restructured. UNEPnet is to build, by the end of year, a link alert system to automatically extract incoming link information and to distribute it to all sites; it also should alert the webmaster to link breaks. A locator page to all UNEP sites should also be maintained (Earthwatch has already created such a page).

20. On the need for multi-lingual sites, bringing other language users to the existing content, ENVOC can be used here. Translation of the home page and some other key pages and materials would be necessary. The participant from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed to encourage a working group to form to further review this issue and report in November.

21. To evaluate the use and effectiveness of the system, it will be necessary to have site tracking and statistics. It was recommended that global statistics should be assembled, and that all sites agree on a common toolkit for statistics. This will still leave questions about statistics from mirrors and proxies, and about sites that do not have their own statistics, such as the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE).

22. Finally the group requested that a list-server or forum bulletin board be established for web masters.

Web Sites, Operating Procedures and Organization

23. A second working group discussed the web framework and operating procedures based on documents prepared by the UNEP Web Task Force. This included administrative harmonization, procedures and standards, central coordination, review, and follow-up. It also looked at web sites as the outside face of an information system, and considered best practices and models to follow, the need for convergence in appearance and labelling, the requirement for common resources on the web for all of UNEP, and the involvement of partners and their associated web sites. It looked at how the information system could present an environmental tool box of solutions and responses, such as legislation and regulations, clearing-house mechanisms, and information on technologies and organizations. Finally it considered how a products "bazaar" could show off the outputs of the system, including its web sites across all parts of UNEP, as well as publications, on-line services, the results of meetings and activities, and the capacities available. The working group came to the following conclusions.

24. Implementation of the guidelines proposed by the UNEP Web Task Force in its draft documents is critical to ensure a coherent and harmonized development, management, and maintenance of the organization's information and sites. These documents are:
A Framework for the Development Process for UNEP's Web Sites;
The UNEP Web (Browsing) Structure;
Web Design Guidelines.

25. Substantive and technical staff should be aware of the UNEP guidelines when developing sites with partner and collaborating agencies. However, it should be noted that the organization's guidelines cannot and should not be imposed on the collaborators/partners. Therefore, a reasonable compromise is required with partners and collaborators, who should be aware of UNEP requirements.

26. The actual process for the migration of the information on various sites to satisfy the new guidelines will take some time as the human resources are scanty at best. However, a two-tier parallel process was proposed. First is the effort to raise all the organization's on-line information to a credible professional level, as required by the Executive Director and the Web Task Force. Second is an initial concentration on biodiversity as a thematic area and on the African context as a geographic focus to respond to UN Foundation and UNEP priorities. The participants who agreed to support the second process are WCMC, CBD, SCOPE and UNEP (including ROAP, ROE, DEIA&EW, and DEC).

27. The coordination and administration of UNEP web sites should be organized as follows:

UNEP Web Task Force:
Strategic planning for UNEP's web site development.

Communications and Public Information:
Overall corporate framework design for UNEP's Web site(s) and sub-sites;
Overview and vet compliance with the framework rules and guidelines for Internet and Web publishing, and;
Managing the 'Highlights' section of the UNEP site.

Division of Environmental Information, Assessment & Early Warning:
Technical support to all offices;
Internal support and external intervention on request for regional and out-posted offices having internal expertise and capacity.

Substantive Divisions, Units, etc.
Responsible for populating the site and sub-sites with new information (Web pages) and for updating on-line information on their Web pages and sub-sites.

28. The working group noted that there needs to be a UNEP-wide Content Manager who would coordinate overall consistency of content, and prepare a map of all the information of the agency, headquarters, regional, and out-posted offices, showing where information fits in the entire organization's navigation structure, etc.

29. The redesigned home page and structure of the new UNEP Web site received technical and aesthetic endorsement from the working group, but they require some modifications to incorporate comments made by the participants (see below). The working group recommended that the site should be launched after a transition period while it is populated with new information by the substantive programme staff. The launch date should be moved to World Environment Day (June 5th). A notification should be added on the old site to that effect. The group emphasized that the success of the site depends on its population with substantive information by UNEP staff.

30. Additional summary comments from the working group were as follows. An information inventory should be undertaken, and gaps in information on the site should be filled. The Web Task Force chair should provide documentation to the end-users to commence population of the site. Because human resources are so scanty, sites will require a transition period to come in line with the requirements in the guidelines. There needs to be a study and negotiation with regional offices, out-posted units, and partner/collaborating organizations to ease access to the distributed information holdings.

Substantive Environmental Information

31. The third working group focused on substantive environmental information on the state of and trends in the environment. The initial approach to the mock-up of the new Nairobi website was perceived as too institutional in perspective. There was an almost complete absence of basic environmental information, arranged in a hierarchical fashion. Users coming to the site would learn nothing about the environment itself, yet UNEP collected large quantities of environmental information.

32. One new direction identified by the working group was the compilation of a virtual "encyclopedia of environmental knowledge" as part of the web site. UNEP produces a vast array of information products (technical reports, overviews, databases, clearinghouses, maps, websites, press releases, policy papers, etc) many of which are tailored to different user needs, but could easily be adapted. The thematic coverage of these products is equally broad. Providing access to this body of information via multiple pathways will ensure easy retrieval of information by the user community. Access could be organized by environmental compartments, themes, human activities, etc. Environmental information could also be integrated by cross-linking related subjects, using systems models, DPSIR frameworks, etc. The elements to be assembled to make a coherent "encyclopedia" could include summary text sections giving brief overviews and policy analysis, supporting information in the form of basic data and documentation, and graphics, images and maps. The information could be presented with tools such as indicators, spatial information, Geographic Information Systems and customized or animated graphics.

33. The group recognized the need for products designed for multiple users, or multiple sub-products for different audiences. Although UNEP's primary audience should be policy-makers in a broad sense, the audience will increasingly be non-technical, and, because of exposure to the Internet and other information sources, more sophisticated and more demanding.

34. A systematic approach must be taken to identify the user community and the individual needs of different groups. It was assumed that users would turn to UNEP as a first source for global environmental information, and an "encyclopedia" would be a good starting point for entry into the world of UNEP. Subsequently, the group also discussed the need for other products or links to products, such as national environmental data sets and spatial data sets, through UNEP Internet map-servers and data catalogues.

35. It was decided that to the extent possible, existing UNEP products, such as brochures, briefs, GEO sections or whatever, would be made available for the "encyclopedia". While some information would be cut and pasted from other sources, most would be made available through links. Through a coordinated tagging process, using the environmental thesaurus ENVOC as the starting point, materials would be incorporated into the new product. As UNEPís products vary in complexity, a simple set of guidelines is needed to facilitate breaking down large products, such as the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) reports, into discrete components which can stand as products in their own right. This will increase the quality of tagging and subsequent information retrieval. In addition to current products, there is a need for Web enhanced and more accessible environmental information content linking the different sources, and appropriate navigation and presentation tools.

36. Possible future steps included providing access to national level information and data, still using existing data sets and source materials. Interactive tools could be developed, such as online chats and graphics generated on request from existing data sets on the system.

37. In summary, to fill the gap in substantive environmental information, new sections of the UNEP web site should be developed as an "environmental encyclopedia" and a spatial data and map "atlas", assembled from distributed sources with shared responsibilities. The target is to reach new and expanded, more web sophisticated, audiences and to achieve better message delivery of more timely information, with the ultimate goal of raising the environmental awareness at each level of the user audience.

38. The partners in this process would be all agencies involved in existing processes, as well as sample users of existing products such as the GEF Scientific Advisory Committee, SBSTTA, etc. and data suppliers such as IUCN. The process itself would require consultation with all partners and gap filling by developing networks. The tools would include a system for tagging content with key words, Internet Map Server technology, dynamic databases and static pages. The Web pages would be decentralized and managed by individual partners.

39. The working group suggested some guidelines for the development of this process. Initially it should be restricted to UNEP-generated or partner products. It could then be expanded after there was agreement on the needs, and some experience with the pilot products. There was a need for a system of feedback on product impact, monitoring and evaluation of usage, etc. An appropriate user-friendly navigation system would have to be developed within the UNEP and UNEP system web sites.

40. By the end of 2000, the working group suggested the following deliverables:
a) A basic system of entry to substantive environmental information on the web site
b) Product development of the virtual environmental encyclopedia and atlas
c) A Task Force to look at how the environmental information system will evolve (vision, policy, implementation plan).
d) Pilot projects to develop new web products such as a virtual/live sub-regional state-of-environment report.
e) A pilot phase of transforming existing biodiversity data sets (and ultimately other data from IPCC, GIWA, GPA, etc.) into dynamic web products such as biodiversity maps for selected regions (e.g. Mediterranean, Black Sea and Congo Basin).
f) Demonstration of the internal benefits to UNEP colleagues, with DEIAEW taking the divisional lead.

Tagging with key words

41. Tagging of UNEPís information products with appropriate key words to facilitate search and retrieval was identified as a fundamental task to be undertaken by all substantive offices in-house if UNEPís knowledge base is to become easily accessible via the Web. Two important tools need to be provided to enable UNEPís substantive offices to commence work on the tagging exercise: a set of standard key words for tagging, and a system to oversee and manage the tagging process.

42. Efficient tagging requires reference tools providing a controlled vocabulary. The ENVOC Multilingual Thesaurus of Environmental Terms is a controlled vocabulary on the environment available in the six official UN languages. It can be used as a reference tool for the tagging exercise. ENVOC can supply key words for the following attributes:
- thematic area (environmental issue covered by product)
- geographic scope (countries, regions, water bodies)
- language (availability of product in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish)

43. However, ENVOC needs to be supplemented by a few specialised authority lists for other attributes in order to facilitate access to products via multiple pathways:
- organizations (partners involved with product development)
- legislative authority (GC decisions, GA resolutions, COP recommendations, etc)
- work programme element (UNEP work programme code or title)
- product type
- user group (decision-makers, technical specialists, students, general public, school children)

44. An authority list of organizations is available although it is not incorporated in ENVOC. Values for the other four additional attributes need to be compiled as specialised lists so that they are available for the tagging exercise. Some of these attributes (legislative authority, work programme element) are needed for internal reporting. Proper management of content should reduce the reporting burden on staff.

45. To implement the tagging process, the group proposed the establishment of a small task force on content management of the "encyclopedia of environmental knowledge". A number of issues have to addressed by the task force:

- oversight of the tagging process
- priority products for tagging (websites, major publications, etc)
- responsible staff in the various substantive units
- training of staff
- dissemination of guidelines and tools for tagging
- adjustments to homepages of substantive units
- searching across inter-connected websites
- technical support

46. As more substantive environmental information is tagged systematically and placed on the web, the mass of useful information will grow steadily and become accessible in multiple ways for different users, increasing in value and impact.

User needs assessment methodology

47. A broad-based methodology is needed to help substantive units assess the information needs of users who require access to their information. The development of this methodology is part of UNEPís 2000-1 programme of work. This tool mst be capable of universal application across different sectors in the area of environmental protection and sustainable development. It will consist of a questionnaire and a set of guidelines for applying the questionnaire. Knowing WHAT information is needed by WHOM in WHICH format should assist with the exercise of assigning the product type and user group tags.

Processes and capacity building

48. The working groups were also asked to consider processes that should become web-mediated, such as the GEO process and other document preparation, early warning mechanisms, emergency response information, administrative reporting, and the design and operation of the environmental information system itself. Many of these would be more efficient if carried out over a UNEP-wide Intranet. However, the time available was insufficient, and this area was left for further consideration later.

49. All of the working groups considered the human dimension and capacity-building. This was seen as an essential part of building an information system, in complement to the technical and substantive issues. UNEP needed to undertake an inventory of its expertise in this field scattered across its many units and centres. Efforts were also needed to build awareness of the value of electronic communications and to sell web-based solutions to senior managers and programme officers. Training programmes would be required for each aspect of the system, as well as training resources on the web for self-training and distribution to outposted offices.

Review of Prototype UNEP Web Site

50. The planning workshop viewed the prototype of the new UNEP home page and web site structure, and provided its expert comments to the developers. Since these included some useful general guidance for future web site development, they are summarized here.

51. Launch of the new site: The new site should not be launched until there was "sufficient" content to populate it. Launching an empty site where most links go nowhere would damage UNEP's reputation. It was suggested that World Environment Day on 5 June would be a suitable launch date. In the interim, the old and new home pages could run in parallel with a countdown to switch-over ("This site dies in 9-8-7-... days" "This site goes live in 9-8-7... days"). The staff should prepare minimum lists of content that should be available before the new site is launched.

52. Home page: Graphics should not be too big, and should be intelligible and relevant. There was too much corporate information, and too little substance. There could be a single "About UNEP" button, with the rest pushed lower into the hierarchy. The Executive Director should be more visible. Front page headings must clearly lead to:
- conventions
- issues/ themes
- geography
- products and services
- the programme
These should be carried in a header line on all other pages. Weight the home page toward content-rich areas, and add value to existing content-laden sites by their visible integration. Headings that are ambiguous or duplicative should be avoided. With respect to management of the home page, Communications and Public Information should only look after public relations and the UNEP highlights portions of the site, while the Web Task Force should look after all other parts of the page.

53. Other Pages: The proposed right-hand navigation column took up too much space, and should be made optional or deleted. A sans serif font such as Arial should be used, and font sizes should be consistent.

54. Pilot user interaction test: A group of students, media people, and politicians should be organized to review and comment on the site before its launch. Other forms of feedback should be sought.

55. Accessibility: The site should be designed to be accessible to users with limited computer capabilities. Checks and tests should be run for:
- screen size @ 640 x 480
- browser dependencies
- Macintosh users
- print clarity

56. Other Operational Issues: How can external links to UNEP low level pages be maintained in the transition from the old to the new site? A register of "sub-sites" is okay, but not if old content gets eliminated. How can external sites get understandable URLs rather than ASP code? How can static URL references within text be presented as active links?

Action items

57. The participants agreed on a set of actions they will take to produce concrete outputs by the end of the year to demonstrate the improved availability of environmental information. These are summarized in Table 1 below.

58. It was decided that the participants in the Planning Workshop would serve as a strategic group to guide the development of an environmental information system, with leadership in the context of the UNF/UNFIP project by the project director. The Chairman of the UNEP Web Task Force agreed to complete a capabilities matrix survey of Heads of Units, the Web Task Force and the EIS strategy group by 20 March, and to establish a special web site for the Environmental Information System Strategic Group to be online by 31 March. The Web Guidelines would also be finalized and distributed by that date, so that all parts of UNEP can start populating the new web site.

59. The head of Environmental Information Services in DEIA&EW agreed to prepare and circulate proposals for core meta-tag definition and Univoc terminology use by 24 March. The members of the Web Task Force participating in the workshop agreed to take back the comments on the new Web home page design and have Communications and Public Information (CPI) act on them by 20 April. The Earthwatch Coordinator will collect and finalize by 30 April the target list of environmental information system actions and contributions to be completed by the end of the year (see Table 1). Infoterra requested everyone to send them by 31 July all suggestions for the revision of the ENVOC thesaurus of environmental terms that will serve as the standard list for tagging information in the system.

60. The secretariat agreed to prepare a summary report of the workshop conclusions for circulation to all the participants. 


Table 1
ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION SYSTEM ACTIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
(to be completed by end of December 2000)
Para
Action
Responsible
14 GEOSS first stage operational DEIA&EW EIS
17 Report on IMS experiences to November meeting GRID-Arendal
17 Spatial data publication by Collaborating Centres under UNF project GRID & CCs
19 Link alert system built UIC
19 Locator page for all UNEP web sites extended Web Task Force
20 Report on multilingual sites and translation to November Meeting CBD and w.g.
21 Agreement on common tool kit for site statistics Web Task Force
22 Forum bulletin board or list-serve for UNEP webmasters Web Task Force
24 Web Task Force Guidelines finalized and posted on web Web Task Force
26/29 New UNEP web site populated with essential information all
26/40e Substantive environmental information site development with examples on biodiversity and Africa WCMC, CBD, SCOPE, ROAP, ROE, DEIA&EW, DEC
40a Basic system of entry to substantive environmental information installed on web site Task Force on Env. Info. Sys
40b Product definition of virtual environmental encyclopedia and atlas with pilot development of biodiversity maps and other dynamic products Task Force on Env. Info. Syst., WCMC
40c/45/58 Task Force (Strategic Group) on Environmental Information System established for content management and strategic guidance Task Force on Env. Info. Syst.
40d Pilot project on virtual/live subregional SOE report GRID-Arendal ?
40f Awareness-building for UNEP professionals on environmental information system DEIA&EW
41 Tagging system operational DEIA&EW EIS
47 User needs assessment methodology - first draft for testing
58 Capabilities matrix survey, documentation for population of web site, and special web site for Task Force on Env. Info. System available Web Task Force

 

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  ANNEX 1
 

UNEP Planning Workshop on Environmental Information Systems
(Geneva, 15-17 March 2000)

PARTICIPANTS

UNEP NAIROBI

Mrs Marion Cheatle
DEIA SOEA
UNEP
P.O. Box 30552
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel.+ 2542 623520
Fax. +2542 623944
Marion.Cheatle @ unep.org

Mr Gerry Cunningham
DEIA INFOTERRA
UNEP
P.O. Box 30552
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel. +2542 623275
Fax. +2542 624 269
Gerard.Cunningham @ unep.org
http://www.unep.org/infoterra

Mr Ananda Dias
PCMU
UNEP
P.O. Box 30552
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel. +2542 624 230
Fax. +2542 623 918
Ananda.Dias @ unep.org
http://www.unep.org

Mr Gerald Mutisya
Ozone Secretariat
UNEP
P.O. Box 30552
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel. +2542 624 057
Fax. +2542 623 601/623913
gerald.mutisya @ unep.org
http://www.unep.org/ozone

Mr Richard Ondari
DEIA
UNEP
P.O. Box 30552
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel. +2542 624 045
Richard.Ondari @ unep.org
http://www.unep.org

Mr Mick Wilson
DEIA EIS
UNEP
P.O. Box 30552
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel. +2542 623436
Fax. +2542 623495
Mick.Wilson @ unep.org

Mr Jinhua Zhang
DEIA&EW
UNEP
P.O. Box 30552
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel. +2542 623 832
Fax. +2542 623 943
Jinhua.Zhang @ unep.org
http://www.unep.org

UNEP DEIA&EW outside Nairobi

Mr Arthur Dahl
Earthwatch Coordination
UNEP
International Environment House
13 Chemin des Anemones
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 8207
Fax: +41 22 797 3471
Arthur.Dahl @ unep.ch
http://www.unep.ch/earthw.html

Mr Eugene Fosnight
UNEP GRID-Sioux Falls
EROS Data Center
Sioux Falls, SD 57198, USA
Tel: +1 605 594 607
Fax: +1 605 594 619
fosnight @ edcsns1.cr.usgs.gov
http://grid.cr.usgs.gov/

Mr Lawrence Hislop
Head, Information Service Unit
GRID-Arendal
Longum Park
Service Box 706
N-4808 Arendal, Norway
Tel: +47 37 03 57 02
Fax: +47 37 03 50 50
hislop @ grida.no
http://www.grida.no/

Mr Beat Peter
UNEPnet
GRID-Arendal
Service Box 706
N-4808 Arendal, Norway
Tel: +47 37 03 56 50
Fax: +47 37 03 50 50
beat.peter @ grida.no

Mr Surendra Shrestha
UNEP Environment Assessment Programme for Asia and the Pacific
Asian Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 4
Klongluang
Pathumthani 12120
Thailand
Fax: +66 2 524 5396 or 516 5126
surendra @ ait.ac.th
http://www.eapap.unep.org

Mr Otto Simonett
UNEP ROE and GRID-Arendal
International Environment House
13 Chemin des Anemones
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 8342
Fax: +41 22 917 8024
otto.simonett @ unep.ch

Mr Ron Witt
GRID-Geneva
UNEP
International Environment House
9 Chemin des Anemones
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 8295
Fax: +41 22 917 8029
rgwitt @ gridi.unep.ch
http://www.grid.unep.ch; http://www.unep.grid.ch/btf

Ms Chollada Wiyaporn
Research Associate
UNEP Environment Assessment Programme for Asia and the Pacific
Asian Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 4
Klongluang
Pathumthani 12120
Thailand
Tel. +66 2
Fax: +66 2 524 5396 or 516 5126
chollada @ ait.ac.th
http://www.eapap.unep.org

OTHER UNEP

Mrs Anne-Marie Fenner
Secretariat of the Basel Convention
15 chemin des Anemones
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel. +4122 917 8227
Fax. +4122 797 3454
anne-marie.fenner @ unep.ch
http://www.basel.int

Mr Aniket Ghai
Geneva Environment Network
UNEP
International Environment House
13 Chemin des Anemones
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel. +4122 917 8505
Fax. +4122 797 34 64
aniket.ghai @ unep.ch
http://www.EnvironmentHouse.ch

Mr Mario Hernandez
CITES
International Environment House
15 chemin des Anemones
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel. 14122 917 81 45
Fax. +4122 797 34 17
mario.hernandez @ unep.ch
http://www.cites.org

Mr Andrew Isaac
CHEMICALS
15 chemin des Anemones
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel. +4122 917 8204
Fax. +4122 797 3460
aisaac @ unep.ch

Mr Tim Johnson
WCMC
219 Huntingdon Road
Cambridge CB3 0DL, United Kingdom
Fax. +44 1223 277316
timj @ unep-wcmc.org
http://www.unep-wcmc.org/

Mr Olivier de Munck
Computer Information Systems Officer
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
393, St. Jacques Street, Office 300
Montreal H2Y 1N9, Quebec, Canada
Tel. +1 514 287 7012
Fax. +1 514 288 6588
olivier.demunck @ biodiv.org
http://www.biodiv.org

Mr Osmany Pereira
UNEP Chemicals
International Environment House
13 Chemin des Anemones
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel. +41 22 917 8194
Fax. +41 22 797 3460
opereira @ unep.ch

Mr Jim Sniffen
UNEP RONA
2 UN Plaza, Room DC2-0803
United Nations
New York, NY 10017, USA
Tel. +1 212 963 8210
Fax. +1 212 963 7341
sniffenj @ un.org
http://www.rona.unep.org

Mr Michael Williams
UNEP Information Unit for Conventions
International Environment House
15 Chemin des Anemones
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel. +4122 917 8242
Fax. +4122 797 3464
michael.williams @ unep.ch
http://www.unep.ch/conventions/

OTHER COLLABORATORS in UNFIP project

Mr Jocelyn Fenard
UNITAR
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Tel. +4122 917 8520
Fax. +4122 917 8047
Jocelyn.Fenard @ unitar.org
http://www.unitar.org

Mr Ruben Mnatsakanian,
Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy
Central European University (CEU)
Nador u.9
Budapest H-1051, Hungary
Tel. +36 1 327 3021
Fax. +36 1 327 3031
mnatsaka @ ceu.hu
http://www.ceu.hu/; http://www.personal.ceu.hu/departs.envsci

Mrs Veronique Plocq-Fichelet
Executive Director
Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE)
51 bd. de Montmorency
75016 Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 45 25 04 98
Fax. +33 1 42 88 14 66
vpf @ icsu-scope.org
http://www.icsu-scope.org

Ms Sergine Ponsard
Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE)
51 bd. de Montmorency
75016 Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 45 25 04 98
Fax. +33 1 42 88 14 66
sergine @ icsu-scope.org; sergine_scope @ compuserve.com
http://www.icsu-scope.org

UNITED NATIONS

Mr Colin Agostini
IEH Focal Point
UNOG Electronic Service Section
D-501
15 chemin des Anemones
1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel. +4122
Fax, +4122
Agostini @ unep.ch

Mr Jerry Barton
Secretary and Principal Officer
UN Information Systems Coordination Committee (ISCC)
Palais des Nations, Room C-552
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 2804
Fax: +41 22 917 0248
barton @ uniscc.org
http://www.unsystem.org/iscc

Mr David Larkin
Consultant
DJL Software Consultancy
The Industry Centre
Sunderland, SR5 3XB, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 191 515 3527
Fax. +44 191 515 2669
David.Larkin @ DJL.co.uk

Mr Sam Pickens
Basel Convention Consultant
Secretariat of the Basel Convention
15 chemin des Anemones
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel. +4122 917 8220
Fax. +4122 797 3454
sam.pickens @ unep.ch 

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