<<September 9, 2000>>
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Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP <daj@utk.edu>

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

P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor <tapio.varis@uta.fi>

Prof. Jose Brenes Andre <jbrenes@cariari.ucr.ac.cr>

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

Marcos Costa <marcos_costa@agilent.com>

Mariangela Paris <Mariangela_Paris@agilent.com>

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

Dr. Fernando Antonio Menezes <fernando_menezes@hotmail.com>

Mr. Carlos Alberto Primo Braga <cbraga@worldbank.org>

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

Deborah K. Welsh <dkwelsh@dkw.baku.az>

Dear David:

(1) I hope you had a very fruitful trip to California.

Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I, II and III).

John Peine's project is ambitious, but very interesting and can go along
with our Globally Collaborative Environmental Peace Gaming in the near future.

As you know, I have been working on this for the past quarter century.

Referring to your inquiry in ATTACHMENT II, pls explore the possibility
of jointly working with the following parties with the funds from the US Dept. of Education.

(2) Tapio is now start working with the UN University of Peace in Costa Rica
to create a virtual university for Central America, and main theme is on
environment with educational course exchange between Costa Rica and
Finland. This project is to be financed with Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Jose Brenes has already obtained an initial favorable response from his
university to work together with this project.

Therefore, Peine's project may also go along with Tapio's well.

(3) Marco Antonio Dias told me during our Manaus workshop in last May/June
that the UNAMAZ (a consortium of 77 universities in 8 Amazonian
countries) decided during its board mtg held just prior to our workshop
that they will select 5 member universities to make them the center of
excellence on various subjects -- one of which could be environment.

Marco asked me if our GUS can help them.

I them proposed him that the further detailed discussion on this matter
may be made during the UNAMAZ board mtg in Caracas, Venezuela from November 26 to 29.

Peine's project may go along well with UNAMAZ's approach, too.

(4) During our Manaus workshop, Marcos Costa of Agilent Technology (formerly
Hewlett-Packard) made a presentation of a kiosk of Digital Town Center
in the middle of rain forest in Costa Rica which has 40 Mbps Internet
linkage via satellite.

See the slides used by Marcos at http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Manaus%20Workshop/HTML%20Presentation%20folder/index.htm

This is a joint project of Hewlett-Packard and Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, and called LINCOS (Little Intelligent Communities)
project -- see its web site at <http://www.lincos.net/>.

According to James R. Sheats at HP headquarters who is in charge of this
project at the HP, 4 Mbps Internet two-way linkage is only $300/month.

They have all necessary equipment packed in a container which can be
shipped anywhere around the world -- 50 units to Dominican Republic in
the Caribbean already. This project is backed by the former President
of Costa Rica, Ing. Jose Maria Figueres Olsen.

They already have necessary equipment so that our next task is to gather
funds -- e.g, to work on our Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF) project.

As you recall, our (you and me and Ben Haraguchi and Peter Knight
via phone) met with Carlos Braga of the InfoDev on 8/3rd. At that
time, he suggested us to have a pilot project of GSTF. Peter
Knight is now arranging to have a TechNet seminar with the InfoDev
people on 10/19th. Using the LINCOS equipment and satellite link
for Peine's project among the UNAMAZ university may be a good pilot project.

(5) If you visit <http://www.ufrr.br> of The University of Roraima, you can find
Amazon Environment University project -- this project may also go along
with Peine's project well.

I am now working to get funds from the British Council to have a
workshop there -- for which I wish to have your attendance.

(6) Peine's project may also go along well with the conflict resolution
issue mentioned in your ATTACHMENT III, since sustainable economic
development with environmental protection bounds to encounter with the
various social conflict problems.

Peine's project may then need to grow to our Globally Collaborative
Environmental Peace Gaming in the near future -- see at

This will provide his project team with quantitative, rational facts and
figures for their negotiation discussions, basing on future predications
of their proposed policies.

Best, Tak

Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 11:25:48 -0400
Sender: djohnutk <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
From: djohnutk <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: Resend of msg


I was pleased to hear today of all the new initiatives that have developed as
a result of your trip to Sao Paulo.

Per our discussion, I am attaching a draft from my colleague, John Peine,
regarding the possibilities to utilize the Man And Biosphere (MAB) reserves
worldwide for a pilot project linking several biosphere reserves in key countries.

As it connects economic development and environmental management it could be a
useful demonstration of the potential to bridge distance learning across
boundaries in a creative way. It would also link the INFODEV World Bank
project to UNESCO, both units of the United Nations.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Peine directly and to place him on appropriate
e-mail lists. If you wish to follow up with further discussions or
elaborations, please let me know.




A Proposal to The World Bank

Prepared by John D. Peine, Ph.D.
The University of Tennessee
108 Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Voice 865-974-4056
Fax: 865-974-5229

Issue of concern

The centerpiece of the UNESCO Man And Biosphere (MAB) 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 planetÉs 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 1970's, 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.

Goal and objectives

The 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 intent is to enhance management
capability to protect the natural and cultural resources of the biosphere
reserve system. 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 a prototype topic 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: JDP in process of identifying
* Russia: Priosko-Terrasny Reserve and the University of Moscow
* Africa:
* New Zealand: Fiordland National Park and the University of Aukland
* Brazil:

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 NASA and NOAA.
2. Status of neo-tropical migratory bird populations and their habitats via Partners-in-Flight.
3. 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.
4. 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 half time salary
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
Second year
* Conduct additional thematic programs

Project directors

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

Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 11:18:27 -0400
From: djohnutk <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: RE: Visit to Irvine


I will try to fit in a visit to Dr. Bork's Lab in California but time may be
short in Irvine. I hope it will be possible.

I am pleased to inform you that the University of Tennessee is one of ten
recipients of US Dept. of Education grant from FIPSE for distance education.
This is the LAAP grant program announced today (which also awarded Montana a
grant). It will be for $1.17 million over three years. I served on the
planning team for the proposal, though in a limited way. Perhaps there may be
some way for GUS to interact with our group here.


Dave Johnson

Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 17:05:53 -0400
From: djohnutk <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: FWD: Have you heard...?

>===== Original Message From DickArndt1@aol.com =====
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From: "Deborah K. Welsh" <dkwelsh@dkw.baku.az>
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Subject: FWD: Have you heard...?

-----Original Message-----
From: Deborah K. Welsh <dkwelsh@dkw.baku.az>
To: Ellen Stearns <estearns@real.com>
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2000 3:34 PM
Subject: Have you heard...?

.about a developing concept for the dot.commers?
There has been considerable discussion about a consortium of
dot.com foundations setting up a system for on-line courses in
international negotiations and conflict prevention in the ten most
conflicted areas of the globe.
The idea is to have regional university professors develop a regional
series of courses that would be presented both on-line and in
reality at agreed-upon (regional) brick&mortar sites.
Discussion has focused on the fact that this would have to be funded
by more than one dot.com, as it would be very expensive to operate -
and that it should have the prestige necessary to carry it out - such as
the Chairperson in the form of former President Clinton, and a Board of
Trustees made up of international mediators of the ilk of Mitchell and former
UN Secretary-Generals.
Best, Deborah

Deborah K. Welsh
South Caucasus Project Director
National Peace Foundation
Washington DC

Tel/Fax: 994-12-92-67-58

David A. Johnson, Ph.D., AICP
Professor Emeritus of Planning
University of Tennessee
108 Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Fax 423 974-5229

Home: 8 Hilltop Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
Home tel: 828 277-5792
Mail: PO Box 1647, Knoxville, TN 37901

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Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP
Board member of GLOSAS/USA
Former President of Fulbright Association
Professor Emeritus, School of Planning
College of Arts and Sciences
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

P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor
Acting President, Global University System
Chairman, GLOSAS/Finland
Professor and Chair
Media Culture and Communication Education
Hypermedia laboratory
University of Tampere
P.O.Box 607
FIN-33101 Tampere
Tel: +358-3-215 6110
Tel: +358-3-614-5247--office in Hameenlinna
Tel: +358-3-215 6243--mass media lab in Tampere
GSM: +358-50-567-9833
Fax: +358-3-215 7503

Prof. Jose Brenes Andre
President of Consta Rica Fulbright Association
Escuela de Fisica
Universidad de Costa Rica
San Pedro
Tel: +506-207-5019
Fax: +506-225-5511

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

Marcos Costa
Agilent Technologies Brasil Ltda.
Alameda Araguaia, 1142 - 2 Andar
06455-000 - Barueri - SP - Brasil
Fax: +55-11-7297-3793

Mariangela Paris

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

Dr. Fernando Antonio Menezes
University of Roraima
Universidade Federal de Roraima
Campus do Paricarana/BR 174 S/N
Boa Vista, RORAIMA
Tel: 95-623-9067, 9065
Fax: 95-623-9063

Mr. Carlos Alberto Primo Braga
Program Manager
Information for Development (InfoDev)
Energy, Mining and Telecommunications Department
The World Bank
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20433
Fax: (202) 522 3186

Peter T. Knight, Ph.D.
Board member of GLOSAS/USA
Knight, Moore - Telematics for Education and Development
Communications Development Incorporated (CDI)
Strategy, Policy, Design, Implementation, Evaluation
1808 I Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006, USA
Tel: 1-202-775-2132 (secretary), 1-202-721-0348 (direct)
Fax: 1-202-775-2135 (office), 1-202-362-8482 (home)
IP for CU-SeeMe:
webmail: ptknight@netscape.net
http://www.knight-moore.com/partners/partnerindex.htm -- bio
http://www.knight-moore.com/projects/GSTF.html -- about GSTF

Deborah K. Welsh
South Caucasus Project Director
National Peace Foundation
Washington DC
Tel/Fax: 994-12-92-67-58
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