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  • GEO 2000 - A coordinated network of Collaborating Centres is the core of the GEO process. These centres have played an increasingly important role in preparing GEO reports. They are now responsible for almost all the regional inputs, thus combining top-down integrated assessment with bottom-up environmental reporting. A number of Associated Centres also participate, providing specialized expertise. Four working groups ?on modelling, scenarios, policy and data ?provide advice and support to the GEO process, helping coordinate the work of the Collaborating Centres to make their outputs as comparable as possible. Other United Nations agencies contribute to the GEO Process through the United Nations System-wide Earthwatch, coordinated by UNEP. In particular, they provide substantive data and information on the many environmentally-related issues that fall under their individual mandates; they also help review drafts.
  • Institute for Global Communications (IGC) - The Institute for Global Communications (IGC) is a nonprofit organization that provides alternative sources of information as well as online access and comprehensive Internet services for progressive individuals and organizations.
  • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to creating sustainable fisheries around the world by using market-based incentives. The organisation is committed to long-term viability of global fish supply and health of marine ecosystems. It has devised a product-labelling scheme, under which seafood products from sustainable fisheries can win the right to use the MSC's sustainability logo on their packaging. This product label assures consumers that they are buying seafood, which is sustainable for future generations. Founded in 1996 as a joint initiative between Unilever and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the MSC has been autonomous since 1999.
  • The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology - An international organization dedicated to advanced research and training in molecular biology and biotechnology, with special regard to the needs of the developing world.
  • The Turning Point Project - The Turning Point Project is a new non-profit organization, formed in 1999 specifically to design and produce a series of educational advertisements concerning the major issues of the new millennium. The ads will appear in The New York Times and, funds permitting, other newspapers through spring of 2000. The issues discussed are those that will be crucial in determining the quality of life on Earth in the near and distant future. Despite this, they have not been given the in-depth coverage in the major media that they deserve.
  • World Wildlife Fund - Known worldwide by its panda logo, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is dedicated to protecting the world's wildlife and wildlands. The largest privately supported international conservation organization in the world, WWF has sponsored more than 2,000 projects in 116 countries and has more than 1 million members in the U.S. alone. WWF directs its conservation efforts toward three global goals: protecting endangered spaces, saving endangered species, and addressing global threats. From working to save the giant panda, tiger, and rhino to helping establish and manage parks and reserves worldwide, WWF has been a conservation leader for more than 36 years.

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