The Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC) was established in December 2008. The Centre is considered to be a governmental party which owns the IT agenda of the Emirate, and has the authority to practice a number of competencies. Its mission is to supervise the implementation of the e-Government program in Abu Dhabi Government entities (ADGEs) and be a sponsor of initiatives, mature assets and competencies which are crucial for the e-Government project. It should also propose policies and technology standards for government and relevant entities to achieve a comprehensive quality in reaching the highest levels of efficiency, confidentiality, and safety in the e-Government project, as well as issue rules and guidelines regarding the implementation of IT policies and technical specifications, communicating them to all Government entities.
The Afghan Geodesy and Cartography Head Office (AGCHO) is the government agency responsible for all official mapping and related activities in Afghanistan. Its focus of work is the production, publication and distribution of physical, topographical, political, thematic, cadastral and natural resources maps; geodetic affairs; and the national atlas. Reporting directly to the President, AGCHO has approximately 700 staff and regional offices in 16 provinces.
The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) is a governmental agency established in 1996. The agency is committed to protect and manage biodiversity, provide a clean environment and promote sustainable development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It also gives environmental protection, regulation and natural resources conservation a high priority on the national agenda. The Agency provides direction for government, business and the community to build environmental considerations into the way they plan and live without compromising Abu Dhabi development.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Our task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. We are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public. Currently, the EEA has 32 member countries.
Founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global non-profit organisation which empowers people to make a difference for all living things. All work of the Institute builds on Dr. Goodall’s scientific work and her humanitarian vision. Specifically, it seeks to improve global understanding and treatment of great apes through research, public education and advocacy; to contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in local communities; and create a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them.
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a department (Directorate-General, DG) of the European Commission providing independent scientific and technological support for EU policy-making. It works closely on the development of EU legislation with the relevant Commission services, such as the Agricultural, Enterprise, Environment, and Health and Consumer Protection DGs. Knowledge comes from specific application- and issue-oriented research within the seven JRC Institutes and close co-operation with over 1000 public and private organisations in 150 networks in Member State and applicant countries. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is made up of seven different institutes at five sites around Europe, each with its own area of expertise. The JRC is funded from the EU budget through the Framework Programmes. The mission of the JRC is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies. As a service of the European Commission, the JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the EU. The JRC Institutes are key players in European research, and have a major influence on the direction of EU research, the content of Work Programmes and the Calls for proposals. Furthermore, they are excellent partners for FP7 projects.
The Environment Public Authority (EPA) of Kuwait provides leadership in the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. EPA works closely with other federal agencies and local governments, to develop and enforce regulations under existing environmental laws. It is responsible for researching and setting national standards for a variety of environmental programs, and monitoring and enforcing compliance. Where national standards are not met, EPA can issue sanctions and take other steps to assist the state in reaching the desired levels of environmental quality. The Authority also works with industries and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts.
In December 2009, the Authority initiated the Environmental Monitoring Information System of Kuwait (eMISK). The system is the first of its kind in the Middle East and Africa to specialize in utilizing the technology of GIS, remote sensing and GPS in environmental monitoring besides ensuring the implementation of the regulations and environmental protection standards that are set and supervised by Kuwait EPA.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is an international organization that coordinates United Nations environmental activities, assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices. It was founded as a result of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in June 1972 and has its headquarters in the Gigiri neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. UNEP also has six regional offices and various country offices.
Its activities cover a wide range of issues regarding the atmosphere, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, environmental governance and green economy. It has played a significant role in developing international environmental conventions, promoting environmental science and information and illustrating the way those can be implemented in conjunction with policy, working on the development and implementation of policy with national governments and regional institutions in conjunction with environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). UNEP has also been active in funding and implementing environment-related development projects.
Founded in 1970, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is an agency of the federal government of the United States charged with protecting human health and the environment, by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. The agency conducts environmental assessment, research and education. It has the responsibility of maintaining and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws, in consultation with state, tribal and local governments. It delegates some permitting, monitoring and enforcement responsibility to U.S. states and Native American tribes. The agency also works with industries and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts.