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An interactive map of the Mediterranean Sea
The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world
UNEP-WCMC has been pioneering the delivery of interactive map-based conservation data on the Internet.
Thursday 6 March 2003, by Web Team

The Centre’s activities include assessment and early warning studies in forest, dryland, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Research on endangered species and biodiversity indicators provide policy-makers with vital knowledge on global trends in conservation and sustainable use of wildlife and their habitats. Extensive use is made of geographic information systems and other analytical technologies that help to visualise trends, patterns and emerging priorities for conservation action. UNEP-WCMC does this work through three divisions:
- Information Services Division: facilitating access to information on biological diversity, through Enquiries and Publications, Library, and Electronic Communications Services
- Assessment and Early Warning: assessing the status, value and management of biological diversity
- Conventions and Policy Support: working with conventions and organisations, and providing capacity building and information management services.

Interactive Maps

The maps focus on a medium sized unit of the world, such as an individual Sea. The environmental issues facing such a region are introduced. Detailed information on environmentally sensitive sites is provided. Interactive maps of the region also display protected areas, individual species, social information (eg. roads, towns and airports) and oil industry information. Databases and textual descriptions of the sites and species back up the mapped information in plain English. The sources of the data can be validated through the meta-database.

- Access to the map of the Mediterranean Sea

- Some of other maps can be accessed below :

Focus Region
Coral DiseaseGlobal
Marine InformationMediterranean Sea
World Heritage SitesGlobal
Donor Information Sharing Global
Migration Routes and Breeding AreasAgreement Region
World Atlas of Biodiversity Global

An overview section provides access to all the environmental data sets in a less pre-packaged format. Information is provided for areas of the world not yet covered by the regions or sites pages. Any of the data sets for any area of the world can examined using the interactive map viewer. Data can be downloaded for use in oil spill models and at local crisis centres. Contacts information is also maintained in this section.

Source : UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

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