The term environment information system as used in the context of this program covers any organized system for environmental data management, including geographic information systems (GIS) containing environmental data sets.
The World Bank program is an international forum of donors and professionals who perform the following activities in support of EIS development in sub-Saharan Africa:
Since its creation, the World Bank's Program on Environment Information Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa has helped to raise the awareness and understanding of environmental information systems (EIS) and geographic information systems (GIS) and their importance in Africa.
A program secretariat has been established in the Environmentally Sustainable Development Division (AFTES) of the Africa Technical Department at the World Bank in Washington, DC. For additional information about the program, contact Koffi Kouakou, EIS Program Secretariat, Environmentally Sustainable Development Division (AFTES), Africa Technical Department, Room J3-169, The World Bank, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433; 202/473-4332; FAX: 202/473-7916; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
AFRICA-EIS Dear Subscriber: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Welcome to AFRICA-EIS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ AFRICA-EIS is an electronic mail service provided by the Program on Environment Information Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, hosted at the Environmentally Sustainable Development Division (AFTES) of the Africa Technical Department of the World Bank, in collaboration with UNDP, OSS/UNITAR and USAID/WRI-NRICG. The objective of this listserver is to provide a forum for discussion and especially to promote the use of geographical information systems (GIS) and spatial information on environmental issues as a support tool for decision making for natural resource management in Sub-Saharan Africa. Relevant GIS experiences and lessons learned from other continents are welcome. However, the focus here remains the African continent. AFRICA-EIS keeps an archive and an index of issues relevant to GIS issues and a list of EIS newsletters of the Program on Environment Information Systems inn Sub-Saharan Africa. AFRICA-EIS is open to any interested parties. Subscribers can send questions, post information or comments regarding specific GIS topics to the list. JOINING A CONFERENCE To join a conference, follow these steps: 1. Create a message. 2. In the address line, type: email@example.com 3. At the beginning of the message body, type: subscribe AFRICA-EIS [your first name] [your last name] LEAVING A CONFERENCE To leave a conference, follow these steps: 1. Create a message. 2. In the address line, type: firstname.lastname@example.org 3. At the beginning of the message body, type: unsubscribe AFRICA-EIS CONTRIBUTING TO A CONFERENCE To post (send) a message to a conference, follow these steps: 1. Create a message. 2. In the address line, type the conference address: AFRICA-EIS@tome.worldbank.org 3. Type what you'd like in the body of the message and send it. This message will go directly to all subscribers to the conference. Please follow these guidelines: Make sure your posting might be of interest to everybody. If you want to send a message to a particular person, send them a private electronic mail message. Keep to the topic of the conference. Please make an effort to keep emotions from clouding your message. Also, please give other subscribers the benefit of the doubt. Before becoming annoyed at someone's message, try to clarify what was meant. REQUESTING A DOCUMENT You can request a listing of documents available through the list using the following steps: 1. Create a message. 2. In the address line, type: email@example.com 3. At the beginning of the message, type: get AFRICA-EIS index. Within a few hours, you should receive a listing of documents in the following format: Filename Title 000001 Document title here 000002 Document title here To request a specific document from the listing provided, follow steps 1 and 2 above. At the beginning of the message (step 3), type: get AFRICA-EIS [filename]