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MEA Bulletin - Guest Article No. 98 - Thursday, 12 August 2010
Biodiversity Policy-Related Databases
Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT)
(UNEP-WCMC, Birdlife International, Conservation International and IUCN, 2010) IBAT facilitates access to up-to-date biodiversity information to support critical business decisions, and research and conservation planning needs. The resource has two entry points: for business ( and for research and conservation planning (

TEMATEA: Issue-Based Modules for Coherent Implementation of Biodiversity-Related Conventions
(UNEP and IUCN) The TEMATEA Project on Issue-Based Modules seeks to support better and more coherent national implementation of biodiversity-related conventions following a two-track approach. The “Issue-Based Modules” web-based tools provide an issue-based framework of commitments and obligations that have been developed through negotiations related to regional and global biodiversity-related agreements. The modules cover commitments and obligations related to: Access and Benefit Sharing; Biodiversity and Climate Change; Inland Waters; Invasive Alien Species; Protected Areas; and Sustainable Use. A Marine and Coastal Biodiversity module is under development. In addition, use of the Issue-Based Modules is supported at the country level to promote national cooperation and communication across sectors and conventions (

African Crocodile Survey Database
(IUCN SSC Crocodile Specialist Group and UNEP-WCMC, 2010) This database contains information on more than 1000 surveys of Crocodiles (C.niloticus, C. cataphractus and O. tetrapsis) in Africa undertaken since 1956.  The surveys can be viewed in a list, or in a Google map of Africa, both of which are fully searchable by country, location, species, date and author. The site also contains some basic information on survey methodology and a blog where users can exchange experiences (

Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool
(Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project, 2010) This Tool was launched on 14 June 2010, at an International Waterbird Conservation Symposium that took place in The Hague, the Netherlands, to mark the 15th Anniversary of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). It provides comprehensive information on 294 waterbird species from 3,020 sites. It brings together the most current information available internationally on the species and the sites they use, and provides enhanced support to governments and others in recognizing and managing key wetlands for waterbirds, including those designated as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (

(FAO, 2010) The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has phased out the subscription service for this database and is now offering free access to the online database of food, hunger and agricultural information known as FAOSTAT. The database contains over one million data points covering some 200 countries (
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