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NATURE, USE IT OR LOSE IT

From it's creation, the members of WICE believed that the best way to conserve nature would be through the sustainable use of nature and natural resources. More than 2 decades ago, when many conservationists talked about "ecotourism", WICE started experimenting with the concepts by participating in the 

  1. Cuyabeno lodge in Ecuador and in the 

  2. Oceanwide/Plancius polar cruises.

While natural resources management in general remains a very important issue, WICE particularly works at the management of protected areas. For almost two decades it has worked at solving the problems of how to establish maximum representativeness of biodiversity in protected areas systems and how to carry out gap analyses through efficient  proxy methods. It has solved this problem in 2003 and gave a major presentation at the Vth World Parks Congress in Durban. The methodology and software can be downloaded from: http://www.nature-worldwide.org/cam/honduras/hn_parks_study1.htm 

It also spent more than a decade at developing and testing and improving a practical method for protected area and ecosystem monitoring. which can be downloaded from http://www.monitoring-nature.info The website has a very advanced but yet userfriendly database with manuals and field forms in both English and Spanish.

With so little financial resources available to protected areas managers, WICE has spent lots of time and finances in searching for inexpensive alternatives and programmes, for which it provides training. Take a look at http://www.ilwis.org and http://www.nature-worldwide.info/site/computer-wisdom.htm 

It has also developed this webnet to bring protected areas and people together through information.

WICE started in 1986 with the financing in the experimental ecotourism lodge with biological station in cooperation with the Ecuadorian National Parks Service.  Similar activities, as well as regular technical assistance projects have contributed to a broad experience in the field of natural resources management, including:

*          high resolution natural resources and biodiversity

mapping

*          watershed management

*          aquatic ecosystems

*          coastal marine management

*          deep water reconnaissance

*          sustainable forestry and Carbon sequestration

*          biodiversity conservation

*          eco-tourism

*          institutional development

*          the creation of trust funds

*          incorporation of micro-enterprises

*          raising of “green” venture capital, etc.  

AFTER PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY

While addressing environmental and natural resource management issues, many consultants tend to mostly focus on technical and social issues. WICE, however, has observed too many projects, which promoted changes that could not possibly continue  beyond the project life cycle. Addressing the issue of sustainability in the course of the projects to which it contributes, is always a preeminent WICE concern, to which end a broad range of issues needs to be addressed, ranging from prioritization, institutional organization, financing, as well as technically viable applications in the field.  In Central America, WB/UNDP: WICE has been a leading organization in the preparation of the biodiversity loans and GEF biodiversity grants in most of the Central American countries, thus giving form to the creation of a Meso-American biological corridor.  In each of the countries involved, bufferzone management programs needed to be developed, with the involvement of local communities, stakeholders, farmers, indigenous people, and NGOs.  Promising productive activities, such as small scale fishing, animal husbandry, BD-friendly agriculture, communal gold mining, tourism, etc. formed the economic basis for continued sustainability passed project life.

Prioritization of protected areas has been initiated and recurrent costs of the countries’ protected areas systems have been assessed with an in-house developed software named MICOSYS.  Self-financing mechanisms for the administrations of the protected areas systems are being put in place, so that improved management can continue after project financing. A process of systematic Ecosystems mapping for all the countries of the region has been initiated in cooperation with the World Conservation Monitoring Center.

ADOPT A RANGER

Deeply concerned with the abandonment of more that half of the protected areas in developing and transition countries, WICE has initiated the "Adopt A Ranger" programme which you can see at http://www.adopt-a-ranger.org.  

These are just a few highlights of what WICE has been working at over the past 2 decades of its existence. For any additional information, please contact us from our contact data at the bottom of this page.

 

WHAT'S NEW
January
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October
More than 500 new nature  photos Click here.
Great new indian summer photos of Aspen in Wasatch National Forest.
Completed and corrected lists of al bird species in Français, Deutsch, Nederlands, Español.      
September

We uploaded more than 100 photos on national Parks on our Album Share yours too! Click here

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April
Free open source ILWIS 3.6 has a brand new images import and export module. Download it now.
Fabulous packing lists for travelers for different kinds of destinations (jungle, mountains, beach, cities, etc.)  and travel types (car, plane, back packing, etc.) To the lists.
Forum entry on travel info, like countless phone numbers and links to airlines, great booking sites, etc, for several countries. Click here
Album entry on the forum where you can upload species of birds, plants, mammals etc. that you want identified. Click here
We made a page on essentials for simple hand-held GPS
December
New countries: Cape Verde, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea  Sao Tome & Principe; Seychelles
Birdlists of all West African countries updates
WICE analyses the conservation status of the Godwit for the World Bank: Wintering grounds of entire population will disappear in Guinea Bissau. Read more.......
Run ILWIS on Linux. Read more...
Nature Worldwide forums heavily spammed and cleaned. Read more......
ILWIS downloads from ILWIS.ORG since initiation surpassed 10.000!
Collaboration with Bo Beolens' famous fatbirder website
New tables for all major countries in South America
April
Updated GIS software review on GIS4BIOLOGISTS
Posting on Natuurlijke Procesgang in de Oostvaarders Plassen (in Dutch)
Posting on effect to oxygen production and carbon fixation by trees and forests
A downloadable pdf with the text of the entire Adopt A Ranger website
A completely renewed computer software and service page with lots of free software
Unsere Deutsche übersetzung von Adopt A Ranger macht gute Vortschritte
March
The data on protected areas have been re-loaded
Updated reviews of free software
US Government kills Yellowstone National Park bisons or buffaloes
February
"Slaughtering of Seals in Namibia": Take a look at a long ignored nature management issue

Fatbirder's Top 500 Birding Websites

 

 

NATURE WORLDWIDE is the official website of the World Institute for Conservation and Environment, WICE. It is an integrated network of web sites dealing with different topics on nature, nature conservation and natural resources management. Read here why we created Nature Worldwide. Our Methodology explains how we produced our information. Our Site Map helps you find your way in the website. We made this website out of passion for conservation. We spent our own salaries and free time to gather the information and publish it on these websites, in total valuing hundreds of thousands of dollars of professional time. Nobody pays us to do this. We simply want to contribute to conservation. If you appreciate our work, PLEASE visit our site Adopt A Ranger and see how you can make a difference for conservation most effectively: By paying one day of the salary of a ranger, you will make a difference in conserving the lives of thousands of birds, other critters and entire forests. Enjoy!

NATURE DU MONDE est le site Web officiel du World Institute for Conservation and Environment, WICE, C'est une collection intégrée de sites web qui traitent avec des sujets différents sur nature, conservation de la nature et gestion des ressources naturelles. Lisez ici pourquoi nous avons créé Nature de Monde. Notre Methodologie explique comme nous avons produit nos renseignements. Notre Site Map vous aide trouver votre entrée dans le site web. Beaucoup de plaisir!

NATURALEZA DEL MUNDO es la página Web oficial del World Institute for Conservation and Environment, WICE, Es una red de páginas Web tratando de temas diferentes relacionados a la naturaleza, la conservación el manejo de recursos naturales, parques nacionales y áreas protegidas. Lea aqui porqué hicimos Naturaleza del Mundo. Nuestra Methodología explica como produjimos la información. Nuestro Mapa del sitio le ayuda encontrar su información en nuestra página web. Disfrute! 

NATUREZA DO MUNDO é o Web site oficial do World Institute for Conservation and Environment, WICE, Es uma red de páginas Web tratando de temas diferentes relacionados à natureza, la conservação el manejo de recursos naturaleiss, parques nacionais y áreas protegidas. Lea aqui porqué creamos Natureza do Mundo. Nossa Methodología explica como produjimos a informação. Nosso Mapa do sitio le ayuda encontrar sua informação no web site. Desfrute!

NATUR DER GANZEN WELT ist, die offiziellen Website der World Institute for Conservation and Environment, WICE. Es ist ein einheitliches Netzwerk von Web Sites, über Themen wie Natur, Natur-Schutz und natürlichem Ressourcen Quellen Hege. Lesen Sie hier warum wir Natur der ganzen Welt gemacht haben. Unsere Verfahrensweise erklärt, wie wir unsere Informationen produziert würde. Unsere Site Map  hilft Ihnen Ihren Weg im Website zu finden. Viel Spaß!

NATUUR UIT ALLE STREKEN is, de officiële Website van het World Institute for Conservation and Environment, WICE. Het is een geïntegreerd Netwerk van websites, over Natuur, Natuurbescherming en het beheer van natuurlijke hulpbronnen. Lesen Sie hier warum wir Natuur uit alle Streken gemacht haben. Onze pagina Methode legt uit, hoe we onze informatie vergaarden. Onze Site Map helpt u op weg door onze website. 

WICE is a worldwide non-government non-profit organization that contributes to the conservation of nature. While it works on a many issues related to the conservation of nature and the protection of the environment, it is particularly committed to the conservation of national parks and other protected areas.

WICE - USA office:                            

1639 Steamboat Run Road

Shepherdstown, WV25443, USA

 

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