<<December 19, 2000>>
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Mr Peter Bridgewater <p.bridgewater@unesco.org>

Dr. Hillary S. Wiesner <h.wiesner@unesco.org>

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP <daj@utk.edu>

John D. Peine, Ph.D. <jpeine@utk.edu>

Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias <mardias@club-internet.fr>

Antonio De Lisio <adelisio@LatinMail.com>

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D. <alex_mau@argo.com.br>

James R. Sheats <sheats@hpl.hp.com>

Dear Mr Bridgewater:

(1) I am writing this at the kind introduction of Dr. Hillary S. Wiesner (ATTACHMENT I).

Dear Dr. Wiesner:

Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I) in response to my msg of
Inquiry to visit UNESCO in Paris on 1/12/01 - December 16, 2000"
which can now be retrieved at http://www.friends-partners.org/~utsumi/gu-l/mid-2000/12-16-a.html

I am sorry I cannot meet with you this time due to your trip.

(2) I would like to respectfully inquire of your availability for my visit
in the afternoon of January 12th (Friday).

I am attending the Information Day Conference of European
Commission in Luxembourg from January 8th to 10th -- pls see
Fund-raising trip to European Commission in Luxembourg - December
13, 2000" at http://www.friends-partners.org/~utsumi/gu-l/mid-2000/12-13-a.html

(3) I would like to discuss with you how to proceed your Man and the
Biosphere (MAB) program along the one proposed by David Johnson and John

David prepared it for a grant application for our Global Service
Trust Fund (GSTF) project which is to be submitted to the InfoDev
of the World Bank -- see Fund raising for GSTF and GUS projects -
December 4, 2000" at http://www.friends-partners.org/~utsumi/gu-l/mid-2000/12-4-b.html

Dear Marco:

(4) This MAB project may be applicable to member universities of UNAMAZ (a
consortium of 77 universities in 8 Amazonian countries).

Dear Alex:

(5) You may also include some flavor of this project into your grant
application to the InfoDev for your community development project in Manaus, Amazona.

Dear Jim:

(6) You may also be interested in helping this project along with your LINCOS project -- see

(a) http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Manaus%20Workshop/HTML%20Presentation%20folder/index.htm

As these slides show, you have already established Digital
Town Center with a broadband Internet satellite in the middle of rainforest jungle.

(b) http://www.lincos.net/

(c) http://www.tachyon.com/

Best, Tak

From: "Wiesner, Hillary" <H.Wiesner@unesco.org>
To: "'Tak Utsumi'" <utsumi@friends-partners.org>
Cc: "Rose, John" <j.rose@unesco.org>, "'unesco1@cais.com'" <unesco1@cais.com>,
"Draxler, Alexandra" <a.draxler@unesco.org>
Subject: RE: Inquiry to visit UNESCO/Paris on 1/12th (Friday)
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 12:21:56 +0100

Dear Mr Utsumi,

Thank you for your message of 16 December. I am glad to hear that your
projects are progressing well. I expect to be traveling on the dates of
your visit, but am also not sure that I could bring any "added value" to
your consultations, as I do not work in this domain.

Following the new delegation of responsibilities in UNESCO, discussion of
potential project cooperation in science, education, communication, etc. is
now under the full authority of the program sectors. It sounds like you
will have a full schedule of meetings with different program partners at
UNESCO. For Man and the Biosphere I would recommend meeting someone in the
Man and the Biosphere program, directed by Mr Peter Bridgewater (p.bridgewater@unesco.org).

Please accept my best wishes for your work and travels.
Yours sincerely,

Hillary S. Wiesner

Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 11:56:28 -0500
Sender: djohnutk <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
From: djohnutk <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
To: Tak Utsumi <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Cc: "<fmethod@erols.com> <ptknight@attglobal.net>" <ecjpelton@aol.com>
Subject: Biosphere Reserves proposal draft

To: Dr. Tak Utsumi, cc's to:

>Peter T. Knight, Ph.D. <ptknight@attglobal.net>

>Dr. Joseph N. Pelton <ecjpelton@aol.com>

>Francis J. Method <fmethod@erols.com>

Tak: attached below is draft of text for inclusion in overall funding proposal.
It is just a draft at this point, but may be used to begin discussions. The
section on "strategy for building the prototype network" needs some expansion
and elaboration. Please feel free to add to this section and to suggest
improvements to the entire document.

Have a good trip.




Draft 12/12/00

A Draft Proposal

Prepared by John D. Peine, Ph.D and David Johnson, Ph.D.

Issue of concern

The centerpiece of the UNESCO Man And Biosphere program in which 110 nations
participate is the international network of 285 biosphere reserves. Dual
objectives of the reserves are to protect and sustain viable examples of the
planetƒs primary biomes while at the same time demonstrating how people and
natural environments can sustainably coexist on the landscape. The heart of
the concept is to establish a core area to protect a sustainable ecosystem
surrounded by a buffer zone where projects are located demonstrating the
principles of sustainable development. This visionary concept first crafted in
the early 1970ƒs, is more relevant today than ever as human activity
overwhelms natural environmental system on a global scale.
With the advancement of information and communication technology, the time is
right to encourage communication among those managing this global system of
biosphere reserves. Distance learning linking biosphere reserve managers with
educational institutions can become a key tool for communication encouraging a
sense of belonging to a truly interactive global system of reserves. The
Global University System is ideally suited to provide a technical framework
for providing a multidimensional communication and learning network for the
biosphere reserves.

Goal and objectives

The initial goal of the project is to build a prototype network of
partnerships between selected universities and biosphere reserves to foster
communication and problem-solving capability. The ultimate goal is to extend
the network to the entire system of biosphere reserves. The intent is to
enhance management capability to protect the natural and cultural resources of
the biosphere reserve system and to demonstrate by example the principles of
sustainable living. The universities will play the key role of facilitating
the technology associated with distance learning. Specific objectives include
the following:
1. Establish the communications equipment necessary at participating
universities to establish long distance learning capability.
2. Recruit personnel associated with biosphere reserves interested in
working with the host universities.
3. Select prototype topics of common interest and develop an appropriate
educational/communication program.
4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the initial program and based on lessons
learned, design and execute and evaluate a series of additional programs.

Geographic focus

Select paired universities and biosphere reserves that have a tradition of
cooperation to demonstrate the potential to utilize distance learning to
expand the scope of such cooperative activities. Potential candidates under
consideration include the following:
USA: Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve Cooperative and The
University of Tennessee
Costa Rica: La Amistad and the University of Costa Rica and Universidad
National Costa Rica
Russia: Priosko-Terrasny Reserve and the Moscow Pedagogical
Africa: (sites to be selected0
New Zealand: Fiordland National Park and the University of Auckland
Brazil: (sites to be selected)

Potential themes

Participants in the program will ultimately decide priority topics for
exploration as part of the distance learning initiative. Suggested relevant
themes include the following.
1. Use of globally available remote sensing data sources to assess the
status of the natural and cultural resource setting of the biosphere reserves
via USGS, NASA and NOAA.
2. Designing and implementing natural and cultural resource inventory and
monitoring systems.
3. Threatened/endangered species conservation practices.
4. Exotic species control technology.
5. Status of neo-tropical migratory bird populations and their habitats via
6. Building sustainable ecotourism industries targeted to enhance local
economy while enhancing conservation of native ecosystem and indigenous
cultures via The Ecotourism Society and Conservation International who has
developed prototype ecolodges operated by indigenous peoples.
7. Development of educational material related to natural and cultural
resources and their conservation.
8. Technical assistance and fund raising for resource conservation and
ecosystem restoration projects utilizing relevant non-government organizations
and corporations invested in the region.

Resources required

1. Appropriate equipment at participating universities.
2. Project coordinator.
3. Stipends for participants to cover their expenses.
4. Funds for instructors to conduct research, prepare instructional
materials, lesson plans and to conduct the research.


First year
- Select participating universities and biosphere reserves
- Outfit each university with appropriate equipment as necessary
- Select university long distance learning coordinators, instructors,
reserve participants
- Conduct and evaluate trial thematic program
- Facilitate web connections to demonstration sites for other Biosphere
sites worldwide, where feasible

Second year
- Conduct additional thematic programs
- Extension of concept to additional MAB sites
- Development of K-12, post-secondary educational modules to aid
understanding of the role and importance of Biosphere reserves and their
surrounding regions

Strategy for building the prototype network of distance learning centers

- The Global University System will provide initial access to satellite
networks and technical assistance to connect the various demonstation
and university sites
- Project would initally be based at the SAMAB/University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Project directors

David Johnson Ph.D. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville
John Peine Ph.D. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville

David A. Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Urban and Rgional Planning
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville
108 Hoskins Library
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Phone: 865-974-5227
Fax: 865-974-5229
home phone 828-277-5792

John D. Peine
Southern Appalachian Field Laboratory
U. S. Geological Survey
108 Hoskins Library
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Phone: 865-974-4056
Fax: 865-974-5229
home phone 865 428 0538
List of Distribution

Mr Peter Bridgewater
Man and the Biosphere program
7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07SP

Dr. Hillary S. Wiesner
US liaison to UNESCO
Office of the Director General
75007 Paris France
tel 33 1 45 68 12 83
fax 33 1 45 68 55 55

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP
Board member of GLOSAS/USA
Former President of Fulbright Association
Professor Emeritus
Department of Urban and Rgional Planning
University of Tennessee
108-I Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Tel: +1-865-974 5227
Fax: +1-865-974 5229

John D. Peine, Ph.D.
Southern Appalachian Field Laboratory
U. S. Geological Survey
108 Hoskins Library
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Phone: 865-974-4056
Fax: 865-974-5229

Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias
Vice President, Global University System
Consultant of United Nations University
Former Director, Division of Higher Education of UNESCO
36, Rue Ernest Renan
92.190 Meudon
Tel: +33-1-45 34 3509
+33-1-45-68-3009 (UNU office in Paris)
Fax: +33-1-45 34 3509

Antonio De Lisio
Executive secretary of the Unamaz-Venezuela
Associaˇ o das Universidades da AmazĪnia (UNAMAZ)

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences
University of Amazonas - Brazil
C.P. 4208, Manaus 69053-140
+55-92-644 23 22
Fax: +55-92-644 23 84

James R. Sheats
Program Manager, World E-services
Hewlett-Packard Co.
1501 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Tel. 650-857-5987
Fax 650-813-3152
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of *
* Global University System (GUS) *
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* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
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