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Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI): Botanic Gardens Conservation International is the leading organisation representing botanic gardens in over 120 countries.

ARKive: ARKive is the Noah's Ark for the Internet era - a unique global initiative, gathering together into one centralised digital library, films, photographs and audio recordings of the world�s species. ARKive is leading the �virtual� conservation effort - finding, sorting, cataloguing and copying the key audio-visual records of the world�s animals, plants and fungi, and building them into comprehensive and enduring multi-media digital profiles.

Biodiversity Hotspots (Conservation International): Published by Conservation International, this excellent website provides comprehensive, up-to-date information on biological rich areas around the world which are under threat from human destruction. It contains downloadable maps, regional hotspots surveys, including information on unique species, threats and impacts. The site also includes a glossary of terms.

BirdLife International: BirdLife is a global partnership of conservation organisations with a special interest in the protection of birds. Its website includes information on projects, birds under threat, publications and books, news and current events.

Center for Marine Conservation: CMC is concerned with the protection of ocean environments and their marine life and fisheries conservation. Its website contains a library, a kids site, information about their expeditions, campaigns, links and much more.

Cetacean Society International: CSI a non-profit conservation, education, and research organisation based in the USA, which peacefully seeks to minimize cetacean killings and captures, and to maximize activities that neither harm nor harass, such as regulated whale watching, nonlethal research, and widespread educational, aesthetic, and environmental programs relating to free-living whales, dolphins, and porpoises. It's website contains background information on saving cetaceans, a photogallery, its newsletter, Save the Whales, links, and action alerts and updates.

CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora: The scale of over-exploitation for trade in wildlife aroused such concern for the survival of species that an international treaty was drawn up in 1973 known as CITES. This entered into force on 1 July 1975 and now has a membership of 152 countries. The CITES website contains information on its documents, programmes, databases and news.

Conservation International: Conservation International (CI), a field-based, non-profit organization, helps protect the Earth's biologically richest areas and the quality of life for people who live there. Its website includes information about their projects, news releases, publications a library, videos and a special service for science students called 'Investigate Biodiversity'.

Convention on Biological Diversity - SBSTTA: The Convention on Biological Diversity came into force in December 1993, with the aim of conserving all life on earth. Its website includes the text of the convention and much information concerning it, bodies related to the convention and a biosafety protocol.

Declining Amphibians Populations Task Force: DAPTF consists of a network of over 3,000 scientists around the world, dedicated to understanding why amphibians populations are declining worldwide, and to promote their conservation. DAPTF's website includes, information, research and articles about amphibian decline, its newsletter 'Froglog', media briefings, working groups, and related web links.

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