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Discussion Groups Related to General Common Pool Resource Issues


John Kearney, coordinator of the St. Francis Xavier University Centre for Community-Based Management invites you to join the cbmnetwork. The listserv is designed specifically for the exchange of professional community-based management information. Additionally, the Centre for Community-Based Management would like to encourage networking and dialogue not only between communities who share this management philosophy but also with communities who are considering the implementation of community-based management strategies.

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COMMONS (Discussion Group)

Bonnie McCay and Doug Wilson, under the auspices of IASCP, have set up a listserv for the discussion of commons issues. The intent of the listserv is to continue the rich discussions many of us had at the 1996 IASCP conference in Berkeley. At IASCP, we are particularly interested in issues of global (rather than national or regional) concern, and in fostering the exchange of view across disciplines and resource types. We would like to try to keep this list focused on interdisciplinary discussions of commons issues.
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Environment Information Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

This list was developed to share the massive amount of environmental and geographic information that has been aggregated about Africa and make it available for natural resources management and decision making for socioeconomic and development purposes.
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Social research involving Australian rural communities. This will generally cover areas such as: Agriculture extension and innovation adoption research, Human behaviour in natural resource management, Rural community development research, Enviromnetal education research, and Rural economic development research. This is an open and unmoderated list.
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The Contemporary Agriculture and Rural Land Use (CARLU) specialty group of the Association of American Geographers invites you to join their Listserv discussion group. The CARLU discussion group welcomes any comments that relate to rural, agricultural, and natural resource issues in the US, Canada, and other developed countries. A broad variety of topics included within the realm of CARLU include: the relationship between agriculture and the environment, questions of sustainability and rural land use, primary production systems and rurality, rural-urban fringe, rural resource base, natural resource conservation, public lands, recreation, tourism and wilderness.

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Contact Address: Ted Grossardt thgros00@pop.UKY.EDU
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The COMM-ORG listserv works as a mailing list, allowing you to send and receive messages to over 400 people around the globe. It is a place to ask questions, trade resources, and discuss issues related to community organizing and development. It is unique in having a balance of scholars, organizers, and scholar-organizers. When you first send mail to the list, we will ask you to also introduce yourself.
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VITA (Volunteers in Technical Assistance) sponsored list on technology transfer in international development. This topic includes but is not restricted to renewable energy, food production, storage, and processing, health, distance education, water supply, irrigation and sanitation, small-enterprise development, credit programs and marketing, information management, disaster assistance, and rural communications systems.

Subscribers automatically receive VITA's monthly on-line newsletter, DevelopNet News (also archive on VITA's gopher), and have free access to on-line archives of development-related papers. They are invited to contribute to these archives.
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Study of Social and Economic development, with a particular focus on Third World Countries

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For more information, contact: Pamela Thomas and Rafat Hussain,
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ELDIS: electronic development information service. This list is for discussion on the implementation of the development information programme of the European Association of Development Institutes (EADI) Information Working Party.
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Discussion list on environmental Issues in Central and Eastern Europe, sponsored by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC: see separate entry) in order to discuss Environmental Issues in Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The main mission of this list is "to promote cooperation among diverse environmental groups and interests in Central and Eastern Europe; to act as a catalyst for developing solutions to envronmental problems in this region; and to promote the development of a civic society".

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ENVST-L is an environmental studies discussion which discusses every manner of environmental issue. It is a very busy list with up to 50 messages a day so watch out if you subscribe. It is a great way to find out what is happening in the world and what the hot topics of the day are. The Sierra Club uses it to get out info.
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Discussion list on ecotechnology for sustainable development, including the topics technology transfer, waste management, clean technologies and pollution.

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IBADS is an electronic mailing service provided by the Africa Technical Department at the World Bank. Its objective is to disseminate information about development studies on Sub-Saharan Africa. IBADS consists of an index and a list of abstracts of studies undertaken by the Africa Technical Department at the World Bank; newsletters on environment and transport policy; the "Findings" newsletter. The service will eventually be expanded to include full-text reports as well as development studies undertaken by other units in the World Bank as well as by development, academic, and research organizations world-wide. In addition to the abstracts, you can send questions or comments regarding our services. Available as a email list and, more conveniently, as a WWW/gopher archive.

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INDKNOW is a forum for discussing issues associated with indigenous knowledge systems and traditional ecological knowledge. INDKNOW will carry notices about publications, projects, ideas and questions of individuals and groups working to understand, validate and apply indigenous knowledge systems and traditional ecological knowledge; to promote the use of indigenous knowledge as complementary to the scientific tradition; to expedite the obligations of States to support IKS under provisions contained in Agenda 21, the Biodiversity Convention, and other international agreements and conventions applying to indigenous peoples; to work for protection of IK and just compensation to communities for their knowledge; to support the international Indigenous Knowledge and Development (IK&D) network consisting of more than 2500 participants in 106 countries worldwide; and to facilitate the growing number of formally established indigenous knowledge resource centers.

Appropriate discussions on INDKNOW include the scope of intellectual property rights or other property rights regimes concerning the protection of traditional knowledge, methods for compensating peoples for sharing their knowledge and for protecting them against unfair exploitation, the relation of traditional ecological knowledge to the preservation of cultural and biological diversity, failures of traditional practices to maintain ecosystem health and meet human needs, methods and ethics for investigating indigenous knowledge, the role of community involvement in using indigenous knowledge for sustainable development, the relationships between traditional knowledge and the Western scientific tradition (e.g.: ethnomedicine, ethnobiology, ethnobotany; ethnozoology, ethnoecology, agroecology, natural forest management; etc.) and their complementary use for planning and decision-making, the use of indigenous knowledge in sustainable development, the close involvement of local communities with development planning, the development of formal and non-formal education systems for the transmission of traditional knowledge, and strategies for empowering local communities and indigenous peoples to strengthen and incorporate their own belief systems into their self-determined development.

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Overpop-l is a discussion list for carrying capacity and human population issues.

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This bulletin board is for general exchange of information, news, views, questions and answers in POLAR (ARCTIC & ANTARCTIC STUDIES) and related disciplines.
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PRA Discussion List

Discussion list, based at University of Guelph, on Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and participatory community development. Includes any form of intentional change initiated and owned by community members.

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This list is for the discussion of sustainable development. We (The Center for Civic Networking [CCN]) are sponsoring this list to fill a need that has emerged as sustainable development related discussions have popped up across many mailing lists. This list is also part of our effort to develop a Sustainable Development Information Network (SDIN) as an Internet-based source of sustainability information.
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