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					   Web Portal for Russia and Central Asia :
A tool for knowledge and information sharing
                    in NIS


                     Zharas Takenov
                     Sustainable Development Policy Specialist
                     UNDP-Kazakshtan
                          OUTLINES
 Portal as a networking infrastructure: Empower NGOs,
  Government, SMEs and civil society: build relationships;
  governance; local knowledge and learning
 Sub-Regional Internet-portal on Environment for Sustainable
  Development in Central Asia and Russia-www.caresd.net
 Goals
 Structure
 Abilities
 Barriers and lessons learned
 New Initiative - Environmental Information Network in Central
  Asia and Russia- CARNet


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                         STEPS

2002
•Idea on information web-site creating
•Supported by UNDP Capacity 21 Fund


2003
•Web-site was transformed into informative, functional,
interactive and dynamic Internet portal
•Supported by Democratic Governance (ICTD component)
regional programme of Bratislava PSPD Center


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                        GOALS

• to promote the sustainable development principles

• to enhance the awareness of various groups of civil
  society, build their capacity and to involve them in
  discussion and solving of environment protection
  problems

• to provide a free access to information for decision-
  makers



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                  STRUCTURE OF THE PORTAL


Information component
Features:
    Information Databases
    Internet-Office
    Electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter lists
    Partners Web-pages hosting
    News subscribe
    On-line voting
    Experts on-line
    Discussion Forum

                                              www.caresd.net
                  STRUCTURE OF THE PORTAL:


Information component
Features:
    Information Databases
    Internet-Office
    Electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter lists
    Partners Web-pages hosting
    News subscribe
    On-line voting
    Experts on-line
    Discussion Forum

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              INFORMATION COMPONENT



• Regional Cooperation: strategies, projects, reports,
  agreements
• Information on countries-activities on national level
• Activities: national strategies, programs, reports,
  information on IEA
• Thematic Focus: biodiversity, climate change, etc.
• Useful links
• News: Global, regional, national
•          Children&Environment


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                  STRUCTURE OF THE PORTAL:


Information component
Features:
    Information Databases
    Internet-Office
    Electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter lists
    Partners Web-pages hosting
    News subscribe
    On-line voting
    Experts on-line
    Discussion Forum

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                  INFORMATION DATABASES



                 Main information source
•   Environmental projects
•   Calendar of events
•   Publications
•   Mass-media coverage
•   National experts



• Flexible search
• Information structured
• Remote content management
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                  STRUCTURE OF THE PORTAL:


Information component
Features:
    Information Databases
    Internet-Office (CRMA)
    Electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter lists
    Partners Web-pages hosting
    News subscribe
    On-line voting
    Experts on-line
    Discussion Forum

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                   INTERNET-OFFICE (CRMA)

               Joint group work in real time

Privat and Group catalogue
• Databases
• News
Communication facilities
• E-mail
• Task Manager
• Chat

   Effective for “brainstorming” ideas/documents
   Provides with the strict confidentiality
   Reduces irrational losses of worktime and communication costs
   Uses workflow-technologies, that speed-up the results
    transfering from one team member to another
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                  STRUCTURE OF THE PORTAL:


Information component
Features:
    Information Databases
    Internet-Office (CRMA)
    Electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter lists
    Partners Web-pages hosting
    News subscribe
    On-line voting
    Experts on-line
    Discussion Forum

                                              www.caresd.net
     ELECTRONIC MAIL DISCUSSION AND E-NEWSLETTER LISTS


 Information and knowledge exchange, based on e-mail
               with pre-or-post- moderation

• Develops Internet communities and networks
• Open or close subscription mechanism



• Easy moderating
• Integrated, but NOT BASED on the web
• Supports built-in archiving, automatic bounce processing,
  content filtering, digest delivery, spam filters and more


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                  STRUCTURE OF THE PORTAL:


Information component
Features:
    Information Databases
    Internet-Office (CRMA)
    Electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter lists
    Partners Web-pages hosting
    News subscribe
    On-line voting
    Experts on-line
    Discussion Forum

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                 PARTNERS WEB-PAGES HOSTING


        Building and promote a long life partnership
                      with civil society

• Technical support
• Separate internet-address
• Remote administration

• Example: Web-page devoted to the parliament hearings
on Specially Protected Areas www.caresd.net/~parliament_hearing

     Easy templates for web-pages developing


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                  STRUCTURE OF THE PORTAL:


Information component
Features:
    Information Databases
    Internet-Office (CRMA)
    Electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter lists
    Partners Web-pages hosting
    News subscribe
    On-line voting
    Experts on-line
    Discussion Forum

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                       NEWS SUBSCRIPTION

        Regular portal news/last updates by e-mail

• English-Russian languages
• Periodicity - one per week



                       ON-LINE VOTING

                   Interactive questionnaire

• English-Russian languages
• On-line tool for consultations

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                  STRUCTURE OF THE PORTAL:


Information component
Features:
    Information Databases
    Internet-Office (CRMA)
    Electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter lists
    Partners Web-pages hosting
    News subscribe
    On-line voting
    Experts on-line
    Discussion Forum

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                       EXPERTS ON-LINE



        On-line knowledge exchange with professionals
   for better understanding of environmental and SD issues




•Expert defines the theme of consultations
•The system based on on-line and off-line tools



 Effective to raise awareness and involve of internet
communities in the environment protection process on local
levels

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                  STRUCTURE OF THE PORTAL:


Information component
Features:
    Information Databases
    Internet-Office (CRMA)
    Electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter lists
    Partners Web-pages hosting
    News subscribe
    On-line voting
    Experts on-line
    Discussion Forum

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                      DISCUSSION FORUM



              Comfort and easy distant conversation
            to discuss the environmental and SD issues


•Thematic discussions
•Opportunities:
    •New themes and discussions
    •Remote Forum Administration
    •Archiving



Can be used as a tool for on-line consultations

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                              ABILITIES
•Provides an on-line mechanisms for policy discussion to ensure the
progress in MDG 7, task 9 realization
•Help reinforce regional co-ordination
•Helps to build partnership
•Broaden the audience
•Offer information and advocacy
•Provide a common online platform to mobilize resources and capacity
•Help develop ownership and commitment to environmental
programmes
•Highlight and share best practices and exemplary initiatives
•Facilitate media coverage of regional environment sustainable
development initiatives
•Promote technical assistance
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                        BARRIERS


•   Lack of cooperation activity using ICT tools in sub-region
•   Absence of the sustainable information sharing and exchange
    mechanism
•   Low capacity and computer supply
•   Low and/or expensive Internet connection
•   Low awareness in using new information technologies




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                     LESSONS LEARNED


For the successful project realization there are needs in:

•   Internet-Centers with free access to Internet and trainings on
    Internet (for example, UNDP Kazakhstan Outreach Center)

•   National ICT Strategies, reflecting the overall computerization and
    overcoming of digital inequality

•   Sustainable information and knowledge sharing and exchange
    mechanism


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Sustainable information and knowledge sharing and
               exchange mechanism


Environmental Information Network for
  Central Asia and Russia (CARNet)


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Environmental Information Network for Central
         Asia and Russia (CARNet)

Voluntary, independent and not-for-profit association of
  non-profit and non-governmental civic organisations,
 journalists, academic structures- representatives from
          Central Asia and Russian Federation.


            What does CARNet do?
                 Providing information
        Making CAR’s civil society voice heard
         Participating in international debates

                                           www.caresd.net
  Environmental Information Network for Central
           Asia and Russia (CARNet)

                       Aim of the project

• To involve civil society in decision making process
• To form the information support system for decision-making in
  sub-region

• To establish and implement of mechanisms for public
  participation in decision making process

• To improve organization and coordination of activity within NGO
  community

• To improve networking and cooperation
• To improve exchange of information and capacity building
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    Environmental Information Network for Central
             Asia and Russia (CARNet)
                 Achievements of the projects

• 6 UNDP Environmental Focal Points (FP) have been involved as a
    Coordinators from UNDP COs
•   6 National Network Facilitators started operating in the region
•   Workshop “ICT and networks in Environment and SD”, Almaty, 4-
    5.06.2004:
    - set up a regional information network and identify methods of
    effective coordination between representatives of the CARNET;
    - ensure that the regional information network is integrated into
    the REAP arhitecture;
    - discuss how to apply and test ICT tools in REAP-related
    activities in order to strengthen information exchange within
    REAP networks
•   Training sessions for the National Network Facilitators, NGO
    working group and UNDP environmental focal points on how to
    use the web-portal services



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    Environmental Information Network for Central
             Asia and Russia (CARNet)
                      What is next?

• To use our:
-   capacity
-   experience
-   knowledge
-   enthusiasm

and ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION NETWORK CARNet


To establish the information exchange channels between
  decision makers and civil society

To establish and implement in practice the on-and-off-line
  tools for public consultations within the framework of
  REAP
  THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!
ALL INFORMATION ON WWW.CARESD.NET