Sustainable development portal

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 1 August 2000




(2000), "Sustainable development portal", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 1 No. 2.



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Sustainable development portal

Sustainable development portal

Keywords: Sustainable development, United Nations

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (India) has launched the portal website of the Sustainable Development Networking Programme, India (SDNP-India) at mirrored at The website has received over 40,000 hits since May 1999 which is very encouraging.

SDNP India aims to facilitate the process of sustainable development, promote good practices and strengthen the democratic processes through a mechanism of information exchange between the government and research organisations, NGOs, business establishments and the civil society over the electronic and hybrid media.

The website provides access to a host of online databases, libraries, environmental legislations, case studies, publications, news clippings and electronic discussion groups on a gamut of issues from agriculture to climate change to health and human rights. The links section of the website provides a gateway to over 20,000 other websites concerning environment and sustainable development. The hosts have started to host information on the environment and sustainable development in the local Indian languages too, to enhance the reach of the programme.

The website also provides a platform to initiate debates and discussions, highlight developmental issues and initiate environmental actions at all levels through a host of services such as Building Bridges, Development Job Opportunities, Query Desk, Dev-Online, Event Reporting service, Web-Site Hosting and Training on Information and Communication Technologies.

More information about all these services is available from:

Vikas Nath,Programme Officer,Sustainable Development Networking Programme (India),Room 1023, Paryavaran Bhawan,CGO Complex, Lodhi Road,New Delhi 110003, India.Tel: +91 11 436 2140,Fax: +91 11 436 1147,E-mail: sdnp@envfor.delhi.nic.inURL:

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