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  • Aboriginal Mapping Network - " a collection of resource pages for First Nation mappers who are looking for answers to common questions regarding mapping, information management and GIS. It is a network where First Nation mappers can learn about what other native mappers are doing, and share their own experiences throughout the aboriginal community. The AMN has a British Columbia focus, but is not limited to this geographic region. It is intended to be used by any group who is active in aboriginal mapping, from the introductory level, to the advanced. It is a source for both technical information on GIS mapping, to general information relevant to decision makers"
  • Alaska Wilderness League - "supports legislative and administrative initiatives to protect Alaska's lands and waters, promotes national and local recognition of Alaska's spectacular environment through public education, strengthens grassroots activism on behalf of Alaska's environment, and provides leadership within the environmental community on selected issues that concern Alaska"
  • Alaska Wildlife Alliance - "a non-profit organization based in Anchorage, Alaska. Our mission is the protection of Alaska's natural wildlife for its intrinsic value as well as for the benefit of present and future generations. The Alliance advocates an ecosystem approach that represents the non-consumptive values of wildlife"
  • Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (Russia) - based in St Petersburg, the institute represents the Russian Federal Service For Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring
  • Arctic Circle - "to stimulate among viewers a greater interest in the peoples and environment of the Arctic and Subarctic region; this 'electronic circle' has three interrelated themes: natural resources; history and culture; social equity and environmental justice. In addressing these issues, the presentations utilize a range of textual and photographic materials, and in the near future, sound and short video recordings. Specific topics include discussions of Sustainability, Equity, and Environmental Protection; Northern Development and the Global Economy; Ethnographic Portraits of Indigenous peoples in Alaska, Canada, Northwest Siberia, etc.; and specific studies dealing with the impact of petroleum, gas, hydroelectric, and other forms of large scale natural resource development in selected regions of the Circumpolar North"
  • Arctic Environmental Data Directory (AEDD) - "maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey in Anchorage, Alaska, on behalf of the member agencies of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC). The AEDD is the initial repository for information on the Arctic in support of the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984"
  • Arctic Long Term Ecological Research Site - "one of 18 LTER projects in North America, Puerto Rico, and Antarctica. This LTER project began in 1987 but data collection funded by other projects began at Toolik Lake in 1975. The Arctic LTER project has its year-round base at the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Of the 16 investigators on the project, 8 are based at the MBL and the others at the University of Kansas, the University of Michigan, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Murray State University (KY), the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Alaska"
  • ArcticNet - a we-site from Murmansk (Russia), currently only available in Russian, though an English service is announced
  • Arctic Protection Network - "a grass roots organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area that is dedicated to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling"
  • Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board - "a group of hunters, biologists and wildlife managers working together to conserve Canada's vast Beverly and Qamanirjuaq caribou herds for the welfare of traditional caribou-using communities and others"
  • Bonanza Creek/Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed's (BNZ/CPCRW)Homepage - "ecological research in the boreal forest is important because the boreal forest, one of the few remaining biomes with a largely natural disturbance regime, plays a critical role in determining the rate of global climate change"
  • Boreal Caribou Research Program - "The research program seeks to understand population dynamics, predator-prey interactions, habitat use, and the effect(s) of industrial activity on woodland caribou. Current research projects focus on understanding the effects of linear corridors and other development activities on movements, habitat use, and population dynamics. The BCRP drives an adaptive management program that periodically reviews landuse programs in relation to newly acquired information. Annual workshops re-align land-use strategies with current knowledge"
  • Byrd Polar Research Center - located at the Ohio State University, "the Center focuses on the role of cold regions in the global climate system, with major research themes focused on: climatic reconstruction of glacial and post-glacial times; polar ice-sheets: dynamics, history and ice-atmosphere interactions; high-latitude landform evolution, soils and hydrology; geologic evolution of Antarctica; and the history of polar exploration"
  • Canadian Alliance in Solidarity with the Native Peoples - founded in 1960; originally the Indian-Eskimo Association of Canada, CASNP's mandate has always been to actively involve and educate individuals on issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada, North America, and around the world.
    We support Indigenous sovereignty, human rights, and protection of land and resources. We support specific communities (such as Gustafsen Lake, Stoney Point, and Barriere Lake) in their current struggles by hosting speakers of each crisis with financial contributions, as well as through information networking with other activist groups, our membership, and the public. We are active on the International scene hosting such events as the League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations' Conference and by sending delegates to The United Nations' meetings in Europe
  • Canadian Polar Commission
  • Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) - "promote and facilitate Northern research, toward an understanding of the physical environment, social issues and economic development including sustainable resource development and use; promote and facilitate university credit education and public interest educational opportunities; promote and facilitate north/south understanding by providing a forum for dialogue on significant northern issues; provide logistical, accomodation and service support for independent researchers"
  • Circumpolar Coping Processes Project (CCPP) - Coping Locally and Regionally with Economic, Technological and Environmental Transformations: a northern circumpolar perspective (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Russia) - this is an UNESCO project
  • Danish Polar Centre - among others, the Centre provides a comprehensive selection of links to Greenland
  • Ecology North - "provides a forum for communication of ideas on environmental issues between the scientific community, government, and people of the Northwest Territories. We encourage public participation in resolving environmental issues. We sponsor natural history activities for the public"
  • Emergency Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (EPPR) - "A Program of the Arctic Council ... to provide a framework for future cooperation in responding to the threat of environmental emergencies"
  • First Nations Environmental Network - "a circle of First Nations people working to protect and restore the balance of all life. Through traditional Indigenous values and the path of our ancestors, we encourage the work of protecting, defending and healing Mother Earth. We desire and need to link grassroots Indigenous people nationally and internationally to support each other on environmental struggles and concerns. We are obligated to leave footprints for our children to follow by striving to live our life with traditional values"
  • Frozen toes - "The Arctic Millennium Expedition is a multi-partnered, not for profit project coordinated through Aurora College in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada. The Canadian Arctic is a vital and integral part of our great nation and is intimately linked to our sense of national identity. The goals and magnitude of this project certainly make it one of the most interesting of its kind taking place in the Canadian Arctic at this millennial milestone in Canadian history. The Arctic Millennium Expedition is a five person, 7000 km trek across Canada's Arctic sharing knowledge, exploring cultures and celebrating Canada"
  • Gateway to the Arctic - the International Arctic Environment Data Directory
    • GRID-Arendal Polar Programme - "shall serve as an effective regional focal point for Arctic environmental information within UNEP, and be prepared to represent UNEP, whenever appropriate, at international meetings dealing with Arctic environmental issues"

  • Geobiology of Eocene Forests Project - "you will find detailed information regarding University of Pennsylvania research at the Geodetic Hills Fossil Forest site, Nunavut Territory, Canada. This site is meant to serve as a platform to 1) inform people about our research; 2) provide access to our findings; and 3) provide a means of contacting project members for answers to specific questions"
  • Greenpeace Arctic Action - "Greenpeace has taken its fight to protect the world's climate to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Polar bears are starving, walrus and caribou populations are declining, and the Arctic ice pack is melting away: scientists are warning that rising temperatures from global warming are damaging the fragile Arctic systems that wildlife and northern communities rely on"
  • Indigenous Circumpolar Youth Conference - held 1994 in Denmark, this web-site offers access to conference presentations
  • International Arctic Research Center - on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Center is funded by Japanese and US agencies focussing on high quality research concerning global change, climate, oceanography, etc.
  • International Arctic Science Committee - "a non-governmental organisation whose aim is to encourage and facilitate cooperation in all aspects of arctic research, in all countries engaged in arctic research and in all areas of the arctic region"
  • International Tundra Experiment - "ITEX was established in 1990 as a MAB-NSN initiative (Man-And-the-Biosphere, Northern Sciences Network). Since then the programme has grown rapidly and is today one of the most active international field programmes in arctic ecology. The purpose of ITEX is to monitor the performance of plant species and communities on a circumpolar basis in undisturbed habitats with and without environmental manipulations. At present, there are over twenty active ITEX field sites throughout the circumpolar Arctic and in some alpine areas, operated by field parties from thirteen countries. Additional sites and countries are under progress"
  • Perspectives on the Alaskan Rural Sanitation Struggle - a paper by Andrew Hund from 1998 describing the struggle of Native People in Alaska to improve their environmental living conditions
  • Polar Continental Shelf Project - "has been quietly supporting significant research north of the 70 parallel since 1958. The provision of facilities and logistical support enables scientists to define geographic limits, establish mineral claims, identify safe shipping routes and pollution sources and record traditional knowledge about the North's aboriginal peoples"
  • Polar Environmental Centre - "The Polar Environmental Centre is an abbreviation for "Centre for the environment and cooperation in the Polar Areas and the Barents region." The Polar Environmental Centre is located in Tromsų, the capital of Northern Norway and known as "the Gateway to the Arctic"
  • PolarPointers - a meta-site offering access to resources on natural sciences and the environment - excellent collection
  • Polar Science Center - located at the University of Washington (USA), the Center "is a unit of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. PSC was established in 1978 at the end of the multiyear Arctic Ice Dynamics Joint Experiment (AIDJEX), a major NSF/ONR program. In 1982 PSC was incorporated into the Applied Physics Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research facility. PSC is involved in numerous studies of sea, ice, polar oceanography, and meteorology with primary funding from NASA, NOAA, NSF, and ONR"
  • Russian Far East - "Friends of the Earth Japan's Hotspot Project works to identify and protect specific, important hotspots in the Russian Far East and Siberia through the dissemination of information, fundraising for nature reserves, public advocacy, and the reform of foreign business investment and trade"
  • Save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - "dedicated to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil exploration and drilling"
  • Siberian Boreal and Taiga Forests - a factsheet from the World Wildlife Fund
  • Taiga Net - "owned and operated by the Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Society, a non-profit organization registered in the Yukon Territory. The web sites on Taiga Net are developed co-operatively by Canadian, U.S., and territorial government agencies, First Nations government organizations, universities, co-management bodies, and non-profit societies"
  • Taiga Rescue Network - a network of organizations of the Polar Circle
  • THESEO 2000 - "to shed light on the processes that lead to stratospheric ozone loss in the Arctic and at middle latitudes. This will be done through a combination of measurements and computer modelling. There will be close collaboration with the American NASA-led SOLVE campaign. THESEO 2000 is funded by the Research DG of the European Commission through its Framework 4 and 5 research programmes"
  • Tundra Ecosystem Analysis and Mapping Laboratory (TEAML) - "scientific research group dedicated to understanding arctic and alpine tundra ecosystems. A member of the Ecology Group, TEAML is housed within the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), in affiliation with the University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder, Colorado"
  • World Conservation Monitoring Centre: Arctic Programme - "a specific programme of activities has been developed to compile information on the Arctic. Much of this is designed to support the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy process, in particular the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Programme"
  • World Wildlife Fund: Arctic Programme

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