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International Organizations, the Environment & Climate Change

This guide serves as a basic research tool for international organizations on environmental issues and climate change. For additional publications consult Pathfinder (the catalog of the UC Berkeley library) and Melvyl (the catalog for all the UC campuses and other research collections in the state).

Article Databases | International Organizations | Treaties and Conventions | Environmental Statistics

Article Databases and Documentation

Cab Abstracts. (UCB Access Only). Indexes sources from the agricultural and environmental literature and from more than 100 countries. Covers biodiversity, pest control, environmental pollution, and rural development.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). (UCB Access Only). Indexes journals, books, policy briefs, working papers, and conference proceedings from research institutes worldwide related to international affairs analysis and advocacy materials.

Earthscape (UCB Access Only). Indexes journals, conference proceedings, seminars, lectures, and policy briefs related to earth sciences. Includes searchable databases, datasets, and model systems

ECOLEX. Database on international environmental law from the FAO, IUCN and UNEP. Includes information on treaties, international non-binding policy, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature.

Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management. Indexes conference proceedings, reports, books, and government publications covering virtually all aspects of environmental science and policy.

Global Resource Inventory Databases (GRID). Global network of centres which facilitate access to environmental data collation, distribution, processing, cataloguing, presentation and dissemination through the use of remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and other technologies.

OceanPortal. Gateway site of the UNESCO International Oceanographic Commission and International Oceanographic Data and Information exchange for Ocean Data and Information.

PAIS International and PAIS Archive. Indexes books, journals, government documents, research reports, conference proceedings, and web sources on a wide variety of sources in international public policy, including environmental issues.

SourceOECD. Full-text publications from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including environmental performance reviews.

WMO Technical Library. Online catalog and database of the World Meteorological Organization.

International Organizations

European Union: Directorate General for the Environment. Initiates and defines EU environmental legislation and ensures that measures are put into practice in EU Member States.

Global Environment Facility. Independent financial organization that provides grants to developing countries for projects that benefit the global environment.

Global Reporting Initiative. Worldwide network of business, civil society, labor, investors and other groups collaborating to disclose environmental sustainability performances.

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. International autonomous agency of UNESCO that promotes the scientific investigation of the nature and resources of the oceans. See also the International Oceanographic Data and Information exchange.

International Whaling Commission. International organization providing for the conservation of whales and development of the whaling industry.

Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals. Pre-eminent organization coordinating action to achieve international goals for the management of chemicals.

Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Pollution (GESAMP). Joint group of international organizations covering all scientific aspects on the prevention, reduction and control of the degradation of the marine environment.

Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. Multilateral funding agency providing assistance to help developing countries phase out the use of ozone-depleting substances.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). UN convention based agency dedicated to combating desertification.

United Nations Environment Programme. Principal body of the United Nations in the field of the environment. UNEP plays an important role in developing international environmental conventions and assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies.

United Nations Forum on Forests. UN subsidiary body promoting the management, conservation and sustainable development of forests.

World Conservation Union (IUCN). World's largest conservation organization, with a mission to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature.

World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Specialized agency of the United Nations in the fields of meteorology, operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences.

Treaties and Conventions

Below are selected major international environmental treaties grouped by major subject. See also the ECOLEX database on international environmental law for information on treaties, non-binding policy, national legislation, judicial decisions, and related literature.


Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Includes the authoritative Kyoto Protocol document.

Vienna Convention for Protection of the Ozone Layer.

Biodiversity and Land

Bonn Convention on Migratory Species.

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Convention on Biological Diversity.

Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and Madrid Protocol on the Protection of the Antarctic Environment.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

Chemicals and Wastes

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes.

Bonn Agreement for Cooperation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea.

Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution.

Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade.

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Oceans Sea and Water

Arctic Council for the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment

Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean

Cartagena Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region

Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling

Helsinki Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area

Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern Africa Region

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

International Environmental Statistics

Earth Trends. Data tables on international environmental data from the World Resources Institute.

Eurostat. Statistics for the European Union, including environmental data. (NOTE: Logon permits enhanced downloads for UCB patrons only. Ask at the Doe Reference Desk or contact the International Documents Librarian).

GEO Data Portal. Data from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Variables and spatial data, on freshwater, population, forests, emissions, climate, disasters, and health.

GEO-3 Data Compendium. From the United Nations Environment Programme. National, sub-regional, regional and global data from UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO-3).

OceanPortal. Oceanographic data portal from the International Oceanographic Commission. Links to hundreds of data centres, inventories and data files.

Source OECD. Statistical data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including environmental data for OECD countries.

World Development Indicators (UCB Only). World Bank data with sections on land use and agricultural production, energy, urbanization, pollution and emissions.