Ecolynx Project: Information Context for Biodiversity Conservation


Workpackage No 1 Integrated data-sets of endangered European species (birds) protected by treaty was completed by WCMC in April 1997 and delivered on the Web in June 1997 as the Integrated Animal Species Database. This new prototype of an integrated species database identifies whether the animal is on the Red List, and what its geographic distribution is, and whether it is listed on CITES, CMS, Bern Convention, and EC Regulation No.338/97. It also has the details of why each bird species is threatened. This has been largely built as part of the INFO2000 funded project.

  • Workpackage No 2 Integrated data-sets of (European) conservation issues, strategies and agencies was completed by UIA in May 1997 and is delivered on the prototype of the CD. Selected portions of this data are being made available on the Web.
  • Workpackage No 3 Prototype of integrated multimedia resource package entitled: Contextual information for European action on biological conservation was completed as a CD/Web product in June 1997 and ‘delivered’ to the Commission as a demonstration on 17 July 1997. The prototype was ultimately entitled Information Context for Biodiversity Conservation.
  • Workpackage No 4 Preliminary Market Assessment was completed in May under the title Biodiversity Project: Information and Marketing Strategy and delivered to the Commission together with Progress Report 2.
  • Workpackage No 5 Progress reports 1 and 2 were faxed to Gerhard Heine at the INFO2000 project office on 20 April and 4 July respectively. A draft version of the Final report was delivered on 4 July, together with the proposal for the Implementation Phase. This final version of the Final Report is dated 31 August 1997.
  • The prototype was delivered on 17 July at the demonstration organized in the INFO2000 office in Luxembourg. The PowerPoint presentation was also used at this time and subsequently uploaded onto the Web for a limited period.

 Prior to the development of the prototype, several of the products benefiting from work during the Definition Phase work were delivered experimentally on the Web, specifically:

3-D VRML experimental structures.

Techniques were developed to convert clusters of hyperlinked entities from the UIA databases into various 3-D structural configurations, which can be explored, using the facilities of virtual reality (VRML) environments on the Web. The networked relationship structures displayed include problem loops and multiple loop interlocks, as well as clusters of interrelated organizations.

CITES-listed Species Database.

This is a searchable database of CITES listed species, identifying when the species was listed, where it is found, whether any counties have taken out reservations over the listing, etc. This database is a significant development and demonstrates an interactive tool, which would be developed during the Implementation Phase for other conventions.

Protected Areas Database.

This database includes a much wider range of information on both nationally and internationally designated sites, including links to descriptions of many of the sites, relationships between internationally designated sites and the national sites they are based on, etc. Future development of this information will include improved ability to link directly to the information on each of the international agreements and programmes (building on the World Heritage example below).

Descriptions of natural sites.

These are the more detailed descriptions of each of the natural World Heritage sites, initially developed for UNESCO by WCMC. They have been formatted for and placed on the WWW as part of the work for the INFO2000 project, demonstrating the good descriptive information available for key protected areas. In future, links could be added to maps and images. This is also a demonstration of what could be done for other internationally designated sites.