Tips on finding useful resources
This seciton introduces some tips on finding useful resources on the subjects covered by the Gateway.

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Searcing for country specific information
Searching for regional information
Searching for global information
Searching for Global databases on land and water resourceses
Emulating best national Land-Water information systems


Searching for country specific information


Go to the "Report" section of the Gateway and choose a "national" report from the list. Once inside the report, find the issue(s) on the table of contents. The last section of the report, "Related Internet Sites", will also be useful. In order to enquire about the sources of the information found in the report or to request further details, contact the author/reporter of the Gateway report by e-mail, either by clicking directly the name of the author shown at the head of the report or by looking at the list of "Contact Collaborators" which also gives an address and telephone number.

There are other similar "country profile" websites available on the Internet which can be used along with the Gateway country information. These include:

Contact the author/reporter of the Gateway report by e-mail, either by clicking directly the name of the author shown at the head of the report or finding through the list of "Contact Collaborators" together with the address and the telephone number. This will be helpful to identify the sources of the information found in the report, to inquire further into details and to have orientation on who to contact further.

There are other similar "country profile" websites throughout the Internet which can be used along with the Gateway country information:

> FAO AQUASTAT
> FAO Country Profiles and Mapping Information System
> UNEP Global Environment Outlook
> UN Sustainable Development - National Information
> National Council for Science and the Environment State of the Environment Reports
> FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) - Geoweb
> FAO Forestry Country Profiles


Searching for regional information


Go to the existing Gateway regional reports, found in the list box on the Gateway homepage. The "Related Internet Links" section, which forms the last section of each regional report, should be particularly useful.

The "Contact our collaborators" section contains some key people within each region. E-mail them for guidance. Also, FAO's regional offices are available for information regarding the respective regions.

There are key institutions, organizations and agencies within each region that provide regionally specific information on agriculture, land and water. These are listed on the "Related websites by regions" page.

There are other similar "regional profile" websites throughout the Internet which can be used along with the Gateway regional information. These include:

> FAO AQUASTAT
> FAO Country Profiles and Mapping Information System
> UNEP Global Environment Outlook, Regional reports
> National Council for Science and the Environment State of the Environment Reports
> FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) - Geoweb
> FAO Forestry Country Profiles


Searching for global information


Go to the existing Gateway Global prospect report. This report is basically a collection of useful Internet links sorted out according to our Gateway guidelines/checklist items.

For global-scale information on agriculture, land and water, it is highly recommended to visit the homepage of FAO Land, Water and Plant Nutrition Management Service first.

Apart from conducting a search using a search engine, some of the most useful and direct paths to information related to land, water, plant nutrition and agriculture in general are listed below.

> FAO World Agricultural Information Center (WAICENT)
> FAO homepage
> World Resources Institute
> Web-agri (search engine on agriculture)
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Searching for global databases


The Gateway is NOT a data-base. It is a collection of documents compiled thematically and categorized geographically. The Gateway Global prospect report contains some important global databases and meta-databases on the subjects. The following links are some of the most relevant:

> FAO AQUASTAT
> Global Terrestrial Observation Systems (GTOS)
> FAOSTAT
> SOTER
> GIEWS
> FAO Forestry Country Profiles

The section of Databases/Information Systems of FAO Land, Water and Plant Nutrition Management Service Webpage offers a list of relevant on-line databases.


Emulating the best national Land-Water information systems


Over the past couple of years, we have identified some most sophisticated, comprehensive Internet-based national information systems on agricultural and natural resources. We deem it the ultimate goal of the Gateway to encourage many other national entities to launch and maintain such self-sustaining (self-updating) national land and water information systems. The following are some of the best examples to emulate:

> Mexico
> Guatemala
> Australia
> Brazil
> ...


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Last updated: 21 March 2003