Since its creation in 1979 WCMC has produced well over 1500 books and reports. These include both published documents and ‘grey’ literature, commissioned reports and items in the public domain. UNEP-WCMC has selected 380 of the most important books and reports from this collection, and has worked with the Biodiversity Heritage Library to make these freely available online at http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=wcmc.
These documents include a significant body of information of value to audiences around the world ranging from researchers to the general public, and from educators to decision-makers. Items are available in 9 different formats, for maximum accessibility, and are published according to open access standards in a forum which welcomes and encourages both use and contribution, while respecting attribution rights.
The internet archive website has instant download statistics, and items rank highly in Google searches. In only a few months the UNEP-WCMC materials have already been downloaded 9,307 times (by 14th Oct 2010) - with no specific promotion other than through informal networks such as the Conservation Commons or the Ape Alliance list-serve email group. We invite you to join us in using and sharing this new free online biodiversity resource.
"Excellent – thanks for letting us know. I will circulate a slightly modified version of this to the Ape Alliance list-serve... And we should put a link from the GRASP website too."
Ian Redmond, OBE, UNEP/UNESCO Great Ape Survival Partnership
"That’s very great news! So many people were asking how to get it! WELL DONE! Congratulations."
Sabrina Krief, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France
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