Development of our portals

ESUG portals originated in the project to design a Transactional Environmental Support System. TESS (summary here, or more detail) found that local communities especially needed information in the context of socio-economics, for planning development and managing ecosystem services. There was much information in English, but often little in local languages. The naturalliance portal was therefore built in 23 languages for countryside interests managing land and species at local level.


A second stage of this work is the System for Community Liaison, which is intended to help any local community to manage its affairs but also be linked for projects on conservation (and in due course health, etc, too). Examples are already on line for Arne Parish Council and East Stoke Community in Dorset and a tourist business at local level. Thanks to the IAF, CMS and GWCT, we now have multilingual networking projects for Saker Falcon interests and Grey Partridge habitats too. 


Portals using these templates are beginning to offer internet support for local conservation projects that engage different countryside interests on:


The first project portal for restoring habitats for small game and pollinators has been built thanks to International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF) with strong support from Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). The other projects are being discussed at future meetings, and a global Naturalliance network is being launched with IUCN SUME.



This page can take you straight to the updated Naturalliance which went live at the start of July 2015. Have a look at the first topic to discover more about the System for Community Liaison (SYCL, which includes this site) and to join the network with your own community site for just €99.


A dedicated team of Country Coordinators translated the three new Naturalliance topics on, 'A system for local communication', 'Restoring nature' and 'Managing alien species' in just 4 weeks, which was a brilliant effort. The community sites are available now with instructions in Arabic, Bulgarian, English, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mongolian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian, with agreements in place for Czech, Lithuanian, & Portuguese. A first site of instructions for sites is online for UK, with translation instructions issued to coordinators.


Cooperating governments, groups and individuals are also very welcome to get in touch to help plan and support projects, especially those bulleted in the center column.