About This Service
The Population &
Environment Linkages Service brings comprehensive and reliable information to
researchers, students, policymakers, government officials and others around the world who
are working on, or concerned about, the linkage between population growth on the
environment -- a service called for in the International Conference on Population and
Development (Cairo Conference) Programme of Action.
This project's innovative and rational approach to information, as well as
the involvement of stakeholders in the process, will greatly improve upon existing
scattered Internet sources on this subject. We seek to facilitate greater access to
material on population-environment relationships and promote more coordinated exchanges
among researchers and others.
We seek your assistance in making this
service of great value to you. Please contact us and
let us know what you think about:
- The way the issue of population and
environment linkages has been divided up into topics and subtopics.
- How the information is presented. What would
you like to see that you do not?
- The information content. Do you have
suggestions about information that is not on the site but should be?
- Whatever you feel can make this site more
The Internet can be a valuable tool by
enabling information scattered around the world to be accessed simply and rapidly using
technology that is becoming increasingly cheap and accessible. But it is a constant
challenge to find information on topics like population and environment linkages that is
really useful even when one is willing to spend hours "surfing the net."
Because of the large variation in the quality of information from site to site, simply
locating an apparently relevant site does not necessarily yield the desired information.
Common problems include:  providing only autobiographical material,  information
formats which require the latest and fastest computers and software,  confusing
organization of information, and  little or no response to the needs of users.
This project attempts to overcome these problems and "sew the quilt together" in
order to provide users with quick access to useful information on population and
Listening and Hearing:
Assessing User Needs
To help guide the project, CNIE, with the
in-kind assistance of The Futures Group International, has formed an advisory group on
population and environment linkages. Although this group contains many experts, we really
want to hear directly from people like yourself, using this site. Tell us what you like
and don't like, what types of information would you like to gain electronic access to and
which format would make it most useful?
Finding What You Want:
Organizing Information for Simple, Quick Access
We have developed what we hope is an
easy-to-use framework for organizing information. This hierarchical framework will include
several levels of information, ranging from short introductory materials for the
nonspecialist through nontechnical and technical articles and reports, to databases. This
framework should be a "lens" through which the user can see the many different
types of information available -- providing an easy-to-use pathway to information at the
right technical level and in the right format to be useful.
With the ongoing input of people like
yourself, we will connect information to the framework at the appropriate location within
a framework based on content and degree of technical difficulty.
Responding to the
Information on this Site: Information in Context
To provide quality assurance, CNIE tries to
always provide key pieces of information such as:
- Type of Information Resource.
- Affiliation of author .
- Information about the review process which
the information has undergone if available .
- A Brief Abstract with an indication whether
the source of information is an advocacy group.
We hope that this "metadata"
helps you put the information into a context where you can make your own judgment on its
Making New Information
We are incorporating into this project many
sources of information that have not been available via the Internet before, even
commissioning new materials where needed. We encourage you to make relevant information
available on the Internet, so that we can incorporate it into our framework.
we want to hear from you! -- Dr. Peter Saundry, Executive Director of the National
Council for Science and the Environment