From C&RL (College & Research Libraries) News, April, 2019, p. 243:
This organization is a partnership between the UN Environmental Programme and the British non-profit, World Conservation Monitoring Centre. https://www.unep-wcmc.org
The purpose of the UNEP-WCMC is to preserve biodiversity, improving its management while trying to minimize the environmental impacts of humans. The organization collects data and creates tools for its visualization and analysis. There are 28 projects currently described. The “Resources & Data” tab leads to publications and data visualizations. In addition there is a link to the Biodiversity Heritage Library for older resources.
The UNEP has added another to its panoply of resources: The Global Resource Information Database (GRID) has been developed by the USGS EROS Data Center and Google Maps by employing remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and online mapping tools to create this free resource for use of geographers, political scientists, environmental researchers and policy decision-makers. “The atlas highlights sites around the world that have witnessed such dramatic environmental changes as glacial melt, desertification, deforestation, pollution, and population growth.”
Source: “Best Free Reference Websites, Ninth Annual List”, Reference & User Services Quarterly, Vol. 47(1), Fall, 2007.