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13110 Cabo Verde - 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 13110

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION

GLOBE Program

 

 


Agreement Between the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
and CAPE VERDE

 

Signed at Praia August 9, 2000

with

Appendices

 

 

 


 

NOTE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Pursuant to Public Law 89—497, approved July 8, 1966
(80 Stat. 271; 1 U.S.C. 113)—

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CAPE VERDE

Environmental Cooperation: GLOBE Program

Agreement signed at Praia August 9, 2000;
Entered into force August 9, 2000.
With appendices.

Agreement between
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
of the United States of America and
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cape Verde
for Cooperation in
the GLOBE Program
PREAMBLE
The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, acting
on behalf of itself and other United States Government agencies participating
in the GLOBE Program (hereinafter, the U.S. side), and the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cape Verde (hereinafter, the CapeVerdean
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 student 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 define specifications for
measurement equipment (detail provided 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 related to measurement
procedures and data reporting protocols into the six United Nations
languages, and provide a copy of these plus all broader GLOBE
educational materials to the Cape Verdean side for further
reproduction as necessary;
6. Conduct regional training sessions for GLOBE Country Coordinators
and GLOBE teachers who will serve as trainers for additional GLOBE
teachers in Cape Verde;
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 Cape Verdean
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 Cape Verdean side; and
10. Evaluate the overall GLOBE Program periodically, in consultation
with international GLOBE Country Coordinators, and modify the
overall program as appropriate.
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B. The Cape Verdean Side Will:
1. Identify Cape Verdean schools that will participate in the GLOBE
Program (details regarding, GLOBE schools in Appendix A) and
provide an updated list of Cape Verdean GLOBE schools to the U.S.
side at the beginning of each school year;
2. Ensure that Cape Verdean 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
materials under the guidance of teachers trained to conduct the
GLOBE Program);
3. Name a Cape Verdean 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 Cape Verde;
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 Cape Verdean GLOBE school;
6. Ensure that GLOBE instructional materials related to measurement
procedures and data reporting protocols are utilized in Cape Verdean
GLOBE schools, and that broader GLOBE educational materials are
appropriately translated, adapted, reproduced, and distributed to all
Cape Verdean 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 Cape Verdean GLOBE schools
calibrate GLOBE measurement equipment according to procedures
provided in GLOBE instructional materials;
9. Ensure that Cape Verdean GLOBE schools have the necessary
computer and communications 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
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computers and communications systems are not available in Cape
Verdean schools, make agreed alternative arrangements for such
reporting and receipt (At a minimum, the Cape Verdean Country
Coordinator will need access to the Internet so that all measurement
data from Cape Verdean GLOBE schools will be reported via
Internet.); and
10. Evaluate GLOBE operations in Cape Verde 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 Cape Verde.
ARTICLE 4 - EXCHANGE OF DATA AND GOODS
GLOBE environmental measurement data, global 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 Cape Verde's 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 Cape Verde.
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ARTICLE 7 - DURATION
This agreement will enter into force upon signature of the two sides and will
remain in 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 prior 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 Praia on the 9th day August, 2000
in duplicate, in the English and Portuguese languages, both texts being
equally authentic.
For the National Oceanic and For the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Atmospheric Administration: of the Republic of Cape Verde:
APPENDIX A
GLOBE Schools
Each partner country is responsible for identifying its participating schools.
Schools should be selected 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: they make environmental measurements at or near
their schools; 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 teachers. 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.
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. The set
of GLOBE measurements reflects the desire of GLOBE Program
management, scientists, and educators to respond to the needs of the
education community as well as to provide scientifically useful environmental
data. All GLOBE Schools are strongly encouraged to participate in the full
range of GLOBE Science measurements. Instrument costs vary, depending
on the optional methodologies selected and on equipment already available.
GLOBE instruments need to meet functional and performance specifications;
they do not need to be purchased from specific vendors.
ATMOSPHERE/CLIMATE STUDIES
Air Temperature: current, daily maximum and minimum
Clouds: cloud cover, cloud type
Precipitation: rain/snow daily amounts, pH
HYDROLOGY STUDIES
Surface Water Temperature
Surface Water Chemistry: pH, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen,
nitrates, salinity, electrical conductivity
Transparency
SOILS STUDIES
Soil Moisture
Soil Temperature
Soil Characterization: structure, color, consistence, texture, bulk density,
particle size distribution, pH, fertility
LAND COVER/BIOLOGY STUDIES
Biometery: extent of canopy and ground cover, tree height and
circumference, species identification
Land Cover: correlation of in situ measurements with remote sensing data
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 data 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
hard copy and that a variety of media, including e-mail and hard copy, 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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