ORGANISATION

Desertification Information System (DESIS)

DESIS (part of UNEP) is an information resource centre offering services encompassing agriculture, environmental degradation, food and natural resources within the context of desertification. Databases include:

(a) Activities on Wind Effect and Techniques to Wind Erosion Control (ACWIND): This database offers approximately 200 items encompassing climate, land use, soils and wind.

(b) Desertification Library (DELI): This database was initiated in 1987 and currently contains over 1,200 items encompassing agriculture, desertification, environment, food and natural resources.

(c) Desertification Mailing List (MAIL): This database currently contain over 3,000 items and is currently being developed as a referral service.

(d) Desertification Thesaurus (KEYS): This database is currently being developed as a controlled vocabulary reference service.

(e) Directory of Organizations Dealing with Desertification Control and Dryland Development (DIOR): This database was initiated in 1985 and developed as a referral service.

(f) Network of Researchers and Institutions Dealing with Wind Erosion (REWIND): This database is currently being developed as a referral service.

(g) Query/Response Database (Q/R): This database is currently in the planning stage and will function as a factual and referral service.

(h) UN Compendium on Dryland Development and Desertification Control Projects (PROCOM): This Compendium was established in 1987 as a factual and full text database.

(i) UNEP Desertification Control Projects (DEPRO): This database was established in 1987 and currently contains some 62 entries; it is continuously updated.

(j) world-wide Documentation on Wind Erosion Control (BIWIND): This database contains over 5,700 items, but is still considered in the developing stage of becoming a bibliographic service.

All databases are stored on Compaq 386 computers using CDS/ISIS software. Information is available to all UN institutions as well as to external users in most cases.