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12952 Guinea - Agreement for Cooperation in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program


   
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TREATIES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTS SERIES 12952

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION

GLOBE Program

 

 


Agreement Between the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
and GUINEA

 

Signed at Conakry May 14, 1998

with

Appendices

 

 

 


 

NOTE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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(80 Stat. 271; 1 U.S.C. 113)—

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or authentication thereof.”

 

GUINEA

Environmental Cooperation: GLOBE Program

Agreement signed at Conakry May 14, 1998;
Entered into force May 14, 1998.
With appendices.


Agreement between
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
of the United States of America and
the Ministry of Pre-University Education of the Republic of Guinea
for Cooperation in
the GLOBE Program
PREAMBLE
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, acting on
behalf of itself and other U.S. Government agencies participating in the
GLOBE Program (hereinafter, the U.S. side), and the Ministry of Pre-
University Education of the Republic of Guinea (hereinafter, the Guinean
side),
Intending to increase the awareness of students throughout the world about
the global environment,
Seeking to contribute to increased scientific understanding of the Earth, and
Desiring to support improved students achievement in science and
mathematics,
Have agreed to cooperate in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit
the Environment (GLOBE) Program as follows:
ARTICLE 1 - THE GLOBE PROGRAM
The GLOBE Program is an international environmental science and
education program that brings students, teachers, and scientists together to
study the global environment. GLOBE has created an international network
of students at primary, middle and secondary school levels studying
environmental issues, making environmental measurements, and sharing
useful environmental data with one another and the international science
community.
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ARTICLE 2 - RESPECTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
A. The U.S. side will:
1. Identify U.S. schools that will participate in the GLOBE Program
(details regarding GLOBE schools in Appendix A);
2. Select, in consultation with international scientists and educators,
the GLOBE environmental measurements and types of
measurement equipment (described in Appendix B);
3. Select Principal Investigator Teams for the GLOBE environmental
measurements, and support the U.S. members of the Teams;
4. Develop, in consultation with international scientists and
educators, GLOBE educational materials;
5. Translate GLOBE instructional materials to the Guinean side for
further reproducation as necessary;
6. Conduct regional training sessions for GLOBE Country
Coordinators and GLOBE teachers who will serve as trainers for
additional GLOBE teachers in Guinea;
7. Design, develop, operate, and maintain GLOBE data processing
capabilities and other necessary technology and equipment;
8. Provide GLOBE software, as necessary, for use on Guinean
GLOBE school computers (To the extent possible, textual material
appearing on computer screens will be accessible in the student's
choice among the six United Nations languages.);
9. Accept environmental data reported from GLOBE schools around
the world, and develop and provide resultant global
environmental images to the Guinean side; and
10. Evaluate the overall GLOBE program periodically, in consultation
with international GLOBE Country Coordinators, and modify the
overall program as appropriate.
B. The Guinean side will:
1. Identify Guinean schools that will participate in the GLOBE
Program (details regarding GLOBE schools in Appendix A) and
provide an updated list of Guinean GLOBE schools to the U.S. side
at the beginning of each school year;
2. Ensure that Guinean GLOBE schools conduct the fundamental
activities of GLOBE schools detailed in Appendix A (take GLOBE
environmental measurements, report data, and receive and use
resultant global environmental images, using GLOBE educational
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materials under the guidance of teachers trained to conduct the
GLOBE Program);
3. Name a Guinean Government Point of Contact responsible for
policy-level communications with the Director of the GLOBE
Program;
4. Name a Country Coordinator responsible for day-to-day
management, oversight, and facilitation of the GLOBE Program in
Guinea;
5. Ensure that the Country Coordinator and some GLOBE teachers
attend GLOBE regional training and in turn provide GLOBE
training to at least one teacher in each Guinean GLOBE school;
6. Ensure that GLOBE instructional materials related to
measurement procedures and data reporting protocols are utilized
in Guinean GLOBE schools, and that broader GLOBE educational
materials are appropriately translated, adapted, reproduced, and
distributed to all Guinean GLOBE schools;
7. Ensure that the measurement equipment used by GLOBE schools
to take GLOBE environmental measurements meets GLOBE
specifications (described in Appendix B);
8. Ensure that teachers and students at Guinean GLOBE schools
calibrate GLOBE measurment equipment according to procedures
provided in GLOBE instructional materials;
9. Ensure that Guinean GLOBE schools have the necessary computer
and communication systems to allow Internet/World Wide Web
access in order to report GLOBE environmental measurements
and to receive and use GLOBE environmental images; if such
computer and communications systems are not available in
Guinean schools, make agreed alternative arrangements for such
reporting and receipt (at a minimun, the Guinean Country
Coordinator will need access to the Internet so that all
measurement data from Guinean GLOBE schools will be reported
via Internet); and
10. Evaluate GLOBE operations in Guinea periodically and assist the
U.S. side in conducting periodic evaluation of the overall GLOBE
Program.
ARTICLE 3 - FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
Each side will bear the costs of fulfilling its respective responsibilities under
this agreement. Obligations of each side pursuant to this agreement are
subject to its respective funding procedures and the availability of
appropriated funds, personnel, and other resources. The conduct of activities
under this agreement will be consistent with the relevant laws and
regulations of the United States and Guinea.
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ARTICLE 4 - EXCHANGE OF DATA AND GOODS
GLOBE environmental images, software, and educational materials will be
available worldwide without restriction as to their use or redistribution.
ARTICLE 5 - RELEASE OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE GLOBE
PROGRAM
Each side may release information on the GLOBE Program as it may deem
appropriate without prior consultation with the other.
ARTICLE 6 - CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION
Each side will use its best efforts to facilitate the movement of persons and
goods into and out of its territory and to accord entry to such goods into U.S.
and Guinean territory free of customs duties and other similar charges, as is
necessary to implement this agreement, to the extent permitted by the laws
and regulations of the United States and Guinea.
ARTICLE 7 - DURATION
This agreement will enter into force for five years. It will be automatically
extended for further five-year periods, unless either side decides to terminate
it and so notifies the other side with three months written notice. This
agreement may be terminated at any time by either side upon three months
prior written notice to the other side. This agreement may be amended by
written agreement of the two sides.
Done at CONAKRY on the 14 day of MAY 1998, in duplicate, in the English
and French languages, both texts being equally authentic.
For the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration:
TIBOR P. NAGY
U.S. AMBASSADOR
For the Ministry of Pre-University
Education:
GERMAIN DOUALAMOU
MINISTER

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APPENDIX A
GLOBE Schools
Each partner country is responsible for identifying its participating schools.
Schools should be selected as so as to satisfy the objectives of the GLOBE
Program. In particular, countries should emphasize the selection of schools that
will maximize the number and geographic distribution of students worldwide
participating in the program. Also, countries should consider involving schools
in locations that will yield measurement data that is important to the
international science community.
Students at all GLOBE schools throughout the world conduct the following
fundamental activities: report their data to a GLOBE data processing site; receive
vivid graphical global environmental images created from their data and the data
from other GLOBE schools around the world; and study the environment by
relating their observations and the resulting images to broader environmental
topics. All of these activities are conducted under the guidance of specially
trained teachers (GLOBE-trained teachers).
GLOBE educational materials are used in GLOBE schools under the guidance of
GLOBE-trained teacher. These materials contain instructional materials detailing
procedures for taking environmental measurements and protocols for reporting
data; they also explain the significance of the measurements; guide the use of the
global environmental images, and integrate the measurement aspects of the
program into a broader study of the environment.
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APPENDIX B
GLOBE Environmental Measurements and Equipment
GLOBE environmental measurements contribute in a significant way to the
scientific understanding of the dynamics of the global environment. Every
GLOBE school is encouraged to conduct the core set of GLOBE environmental
measurements in the following critical areas: Atmosphere/Climate, Hydrology,
Land Cover/Biology and Soils. As the GLOBE Program evolves, specialized
measurements not common to all GLOBE schools may be added in order to
address local environmental issues.
Students at all skill levels are active participants in the GLOBE Program. The
actual participation is designed so as to be appropriate for primary, middle and
secondary school levels. Younger students make limited measurements which
may be qualitative rather than quantitative . Older students make additional
measurements and more sophisticated measurements, as appropriate for their
skill level. Measurement equipment is not standardized; rather, functional and
performance specifications are provided for GLOBE instruments.
Following is the list of GLOBE core measurements and equipment. This list has
been developed and will be periodically updated as provided in Article 2.A.2,
based on experience gained in implementing the GLOBE Program.
MEASUREMENTS EQUIPMENT NEEDED
Atmosphere/Climate:
Air Temperature Max/Min Thermometer
Calibration Thermometer
Instrument Shelter
Precipitation Rain Gauge
Cloud Cover/Type Cloud Charts
Hydrology:
Water pH pH Paper, Pen, or Meter
Water Temperature Organic Liquid-Filled Thermometer
Dissolved Oxygen Dissolved Oxygen Kit
Alkalinity Water Alkalinity Kit
Electrical Conductivity Electrode-Type Conductivity Tester
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Soils:
Soil Moisture
Soil Characterization
Remote Sensing Image
Multispec Software
Dichotomous keys
Measuring Tape
Clinometer (Optional)
Densiometer (Optional)
Soil Sample Cans
Augur
Soil Moisture Meter (Optional)
Gypsum Blocks (Optional)
Color Chart
Graduated Cylinders
Augur (Optional)
Land Cover/Biology:
Land Cover
Species Identification
Biometry
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APPENDIX C
GLOBE Computer and Communications Systems
In order to derive maximum benefit from the GLOBE Program, all schools are
encouraged to use the Internet, along with classroom computers. The
Internet/World Wide Web multi media information-access capability has been
selected to support the required GLOBE school activities of date entry, data
analysis, and use of global environmental images.
The diversity of technology accessible by schools worldwide may require, in some
cases, that environmental measurements be reported via e-mail or in hardcopy
and that a variety of media, including e-mail and hardcopy, be used to distribute
global environmental images. All schools that want to participate in the program
will be accommodated.
Technology associated with the GLOBE Program will continually evolve to higher
levels and participants will be encouraged to upgrade over time.



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