ABIN Project
(An example of joint pilot project)

NOTE by T. Utsumi:

The delegates of each participating country will be required to prepare similar draft proposal prior to their attendance to our Tampere conference and present it at the Tampere sessions.




1. Name of Activity (maximum 20 words)

Automated Biomonitoring International Network (ABIN) -- strategic information system for sustainable water resources management in developing countries.


2. Date of Proposal: 12 / 15 / 1996
                                      Mo Day Year


3. Short Description of Activity (maximum 50 words)

Establishment of specialized sectoral networks: Automated Biomonitoring International Network, Global Water Alarm Network, Microcosm International Network and dissemination of best practices on water resources managing and holistic education using Internet training facility and demonstration software packages will be provided by the MICROCOSM Foundation in cooperation with international development community.


4. Proponent

Name of Proponent:
Vladimir A. ZOLOTAREV, Ph.D.
Founder of NOOSPHERE Information Fund (MICROCOSM Foundation)
Institute for Biology of Inland Waters
Russian Academy of Sciences
Phone/Fax: +7-0852-25-3845
P.O.Box 25, 152742 Borok, Yaroslavl obl., Russia
e-mail: vzolotarev@hotmail.com

Director of the Intelservice and founder of GershWIN
Phone: +7-0852-25-1934, -30-2325, -55-8171 (home)

Brief Biography of Vladimir Alexeyevich Zolotarev

OMITTED HERE BY T. UTSUMI <<February 27, 1998>>

Education: Yaroslavl State University - M.S., 1977
                    Moscow State University - Ph.D., 1989

Military Service: 1977 - 79

Grants and Honors:

Laureate of State Komsomol Prize for development of the new methods for water quality assessment, 1989
The International Science Foundation (Biodiversity), 1993-94
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1994
The Sacred Earth Network, 1994, 1997
The Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research, 1996-97
The Open Society Institute, 1997
Yaroslavl Region Administration, 1997

Society Memberships:

Russian Hydrobiological Society,
Society of Protozoologists, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Senior research biologist of the Protozoology Group, Institute for Biology of Inland Waters, Russian Academy of Sciences.
He has research experience in both natural and model aquatic communities in studying experimental microcosms and the lakes of Karelia, Lake Baikal, Lake Ladoga, the acidic lakes of Darwin National Park, the White Sea and the Volga and Amur rivers.
He continually participates in academic conferences. Some of his recent activities include participation in the Second International Conference on Distance Education in Russia (ICDED) in 1996, the International Academic Conference of the Global Forum in Manchester in 1994, the second International Symposium on Free Living Heterothrophic Flagellates in St. Petersburg in 1994 and the first International Lake Ladoga Symposium in St. Petersburg in 1993.

5. Participating Organizations

NOOSPHERE Information Fund (MICROCOSM Foundation),
Intelservice (computer hardware),
GershWIN (computer software, intellectual property),
The Open Society Institute (sponsoring, evaluation),
Ecologia (evaluation and coordination),
Sacred Earth Network (evaluation, sponsoring and coordination),
University Center for Environmental and Hazardous Materials Studies
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (best practices
and evaluation),
US EPA (best practices),
The Internet Center of the Yaroslavl State University (networking),
Yaroslavl Distance Learning Center (coordinating, WWW-home page),
Centre for Preparation and Implementation of International
Projects on Technical Assistence (evaluation),
Telematics for Africa, Development Consortium (coordination),
Global Water Partnership (best practices and evaluation),
Administration of Yaroslavsky Region, Environmental Management Dpt,
(sponsoring and coordination)

6. infoDev Program Objective
I for Creating market-friendly environments to accelerate global access to information and communication.
III for Improving education and health.
IV for Protecting natural resources and the environment.

7. Category of Activity

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10. Abstract (Provide summary of proposed activity, its output and benefits. Maximum 250 words.)

Establishment of specialized sectoral networks and workshops to foster regional and international partnerships: three parts of the Project connected by application of information technology in education and environmental management.

1) Automated Biomonitoring International Network (ABIN) - the new automated facility (biosensors and information system) for integral early warning and trend documenting of anthropogenic stresses in aquatic ecosystems including long-term database on national parks. Expansion of inexpensive automated biosensors in Russia and developing countries.

2) Global Water Alarm Network (GWAN) - strategic information system for widespread access to databases and best practices on water resources managing and restoration, communications to professionals and experts. International volunteers groups will be formed for environmental disasters liquidation. Facilitating methods and equipment delivery will be provided. Water resources of some model regions (Upper Volga river, Lake Baikal, Amazon river and tropical lakes) will be investigated.

3) Microcosm International Network (MIN) - distance education facilities and demonstration software for wholistic education and staff training, global access to innovative environmental information systems and
basics of environmental policy.

Responsibility for the information and service provision rests with the MICROCOSM Foundation in cooperation with international development community. Institutional support and partnerships among academic, private sector, governmental and non-governmental organizations will be provided. Information is the key factor of production of the Microcosm Foundation, trade and investment are global. Outputs of the Microcosm learning system could be replicated in larger scale for would-be decision makers, global environmental problems solving. The features of the project: link between information and development and environmental realism.