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Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA): GMBA is a global DIVERSITAS network on mountain biodiversity research and aims to document the great biological richness of the mountains of the world. It also monitors changes in mountain biodiversity caused by direct or indirect human influences and promotes sustainable development of rural mountain areas. Its website contains information on workshops, links and research.

Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS): GTOS is a programme for observations, modelling, and analysis of terrestrial ecosystems to support sustainable development. It provides information on terrestrial ecosystems for researchers and policy-makers. Its website includes information on activities, TEMS, publications, resources and links.

Greenpeace: A must-visit site for all aspects of environmental concern, including renewable energy, the marine environment, forests, biodiversity, climate change and pollution and water. Greenpeace is one of the most pro-active environmental organisations.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD): ICIMOD promotes integrated mountain development and seeks to improve the living standards of mountain populations of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan). It is a focal point for documentation, information, research and training, and provides expert services for the Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries. Its website contains a wealth of information, including publications, projects, a picture gallery and information on sustainable options.

International Year of the Mountains: The United Nations has proclaimed 2002 as the International Year of Mountains (IYM) to increase international awareness of the global importance of mountain ecosystems. IYM provides a unique opportunity to reinforce the implementation of Chapter 13 of Agenda 21 and to move mountain issues higher on the global agenda. The website is wonderful resource for information on mountain issues and includes, news, articles, information on mountain ranges, events and links.

Mountain Forum, The: The Mountain Forum promotes equitable and ecologically sustainable mountain development, through information sharing and advocacy. Its website includes their newsletter, a directory of contacts, events, an on-line library and links.

Mountain High - World Conservation, No. 1, 2002 (IUCN Bulletin): This special edition of IUCN's World Conservation is dedicated to mountains and mountain people. It contains many useful articles written by mountain experts from around the world.

Mountain Institute, The: The Mountain Institute aims to advance mountain cultures and preserve mountain environments. Its programmes are designed to increase sustainable livelihoods for mountain communities, and promote the Mountain Agenda through advocacy, education and outreach for mountain communities. Current work centres on the Andes, Appalachian and Himalayan ranges and global networking through the Mountain Forum. Its website includes information on their projects, links and a 'just for kids' section.

Mountain Portal: The Mountain-Portal is a non-profit operation devoted to raising public awareness of the need to make the development of mountain peoples and their environments sustainable in a threatened future. Its website contains a wealth of information, including an overview of mountain environments, book reviews, news and events, research, speeches and links.

Mountain Research and Development (MRD): Mountain Research and Development (MRD), is a leading journal specifically devoted to the mountains, published since 1981. It contains well-researched, scientific articles by authors from around the world. MRD links people concerned with mountain development and research. It provides guidelines and on mountain initiatives and information about mountain environments. The 'new' MRD contains the following sections: Development; Research; MountainPlatform; MountainNotes; MountainMedia.

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