RFI Help required in creating a conservation website

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Subject: RFI Help required in creating a conservation website
From: Phil Hansbro <>
Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2000 11:58:36 +1000 (EST)
>Hi all
>Some of you may know but a five of us from Australia got together and
>bought a rainforest concern in Ecuador. I don't want to elaborate on this
>because it is a ecotourism business and I don't want to upset netiquette.
>Having said that we did it for all the right reasons and I (we) am (are)
>fully behind what Tom is suggesting. One of us did set up a website so may
>be we could help. There are so many things to be done out there and so
>much that we all can do. We decided to buy the thing to save it but these
>ideas of Toms are great and
>should be followed up.
>>G'day All,
>>Over the past week I've received several appeals for help with
>>conservation issues, predominantly saving wildlife habitat in Brazil,
>>India, Japan and Portugal.
>>After reading some recent messages of Tim Capone on BIRDCHAT I felt
>>inspired that maybe the time was right to create an organization
>>(website?) which could give assistance to those fighting these difficult
>>battles on a global basis.
>>My train of thought goes something like this, an email is received
>>requesting people to send messages of concern to those
>>politicians/businesspersons involved in 'developments'. This plea is
>>then published on the website where we have also created a form whereby
>>any reader can add his name to a pre-formatted letter of concern and
>>submit it. This would involve the minimum effort by the concerned
>>birder/naturalist yet reach the target recipients and hopefully sway
>>their decision towards a positive outcome for the environment.
>>I know most readers of the various birding mailing-lists would like to
>>do more to help in this issues and therefore I am searching for ideas
>>from you.
>>Have you been involved in similar issues and conservation-based
>>websites, if so what helped?
>>Could we also start a conservation-based mailing-list?
>>What are the legal issues?
>>Language problems (the website appealing for help with the brazilian
>>rainforest issue was in portugese....I had to consult a translation site
>>to find out what the form requirements were)
>>Any experience with web-page creation? (especially forms)
>>If you think you can help out and what details of the specific issues
>>mentioned above, (I'm mainly appealing to birders but if any other
>>wildlife interest groups want to join in please do) contact me on
>>Remember species (like Greater Adjutant involved in the Indian Wildlife
>>Sanctuary AND RAMSAR site de-notification) are disappearing at an
>>alarming rate yet I'm sure we can do something about it!
>>Look forward to hearing from you,
>>Tom Tarrant
>>Samsonvale, Queensland
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Dr Phil Hansbro
Discipline of Immunology & Microbiology
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
University of Newcastle
Newcastle NSW 2308
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