GAIA - Multi-Media Tool for Natural Resources Management and Environmental Education
GAIA addresses both issues of environmental planning and management as well as information technology. Its primary objective was to build multi-media tools for environmental education and management, in a collaboration of 10 countries from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. GAIA uses a set of case studies that cover a range of topics including urban air pollution (Argentina, Mexico), epidemiology of communicable diseases (Argentina), and sustainable urban development (China, India), deforestation and land use dynamics (Thailand, Venezuela), land use conflicts (Zimbabwe) and coastal zone development (Egypt). These case studies are structured within a common framework of issues and indicators derived from Agenda 21. The inital set of case studies provides a nucleaus and templates for subsequent projects and examples leading to a set of cases for comparative analysis, but also designed as material for environmental education.