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Energy and technology

"Introducing the International Bioenergy Platform (IBEP)"
The International Bioenergy Platform is being presented to the international community in the energy, agriculture and environment sectors as a mechanism for organizing and facilitating a multidisciplinary and global approach.

"The energy and agriculture nexus"
Energy has a key role in economic and social development, but there is a general lack of rural energy development policies that focus on agriculture. This publication focuses on the challenges and opportunities of advancing modern bioenergy technology, in general,and on the technical, environmental and economic benefits of the energy function of agriculture, in particular.

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Geoinformation, monitoring and assessment

"A geospatial framework for the analysis of poverty and environment links"
This report explains how georeferenced information can be used to bring greater precision to the understanding of spatially-related factors underlying poverty and food insecurity and discusses the role of Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information and Mapping System (FIVIMS) in promoting greater use of geospatial information.

"Mapping global urban and rural population distributions. Estimates of future global population distribution to 2015"
Researchers have been developing a number of techniques for mapping variations of parameters within countries. As these techniques have become more sophisticated, and the capacity of computers to handle very large datasets with great speed has increased, the interest in developing methods for distributing population data to the grid cells of GIS maps has also increased.

"An inventory and comparison of globally consistent geospatial databases and libraries. Environment and Natural Resources Working Paper Series Number 19 "
This report presents an inventory of global data sources which can be used to provide consistent geospatial baselines for core framework data layers in the support of generalized base mapping, emergency preparedness and response, food security and poverty mapping.

"Coastal GTOS Strategic design and phase 1 implementation plan. Environment and Natural Resources Series 9 "
This document presents the strategy developed by the GTOS coastal panel of scientific experts to establish C-GTOS. The first sections of the document describe the design for a mature observing system and contributions to global observation needs.

"Frost protection: fundamentals, practice and economics"
This two-volume publication describes the physics and biology of frost occurrence and damage, passive and active protection methods and how to assess the cost-effectiveness of active protection techniques.

"Mapping coastal aquaculture and fisheries structures by satellite imaging radar : Case study of the Lingayen Gulf, the Philippines"
Inventory and monitoring of coastal aquaculture and fisheries structures provide the necessary baseline data for decision-making on aquaculture and mariculture development, including regulatory laws, environmental protection and revenue collection.

"GTOS Biennial Report 2002-2003"
GTOS is a global system for observations, modelling and analysis of terrestrial ecosystems to support sustainable development.

"Guidelines for establishing audits of agricultural environmental hotspots"
This Environment and Natural Resources Working Paper No. 15 identifies key issues related to the purpose and potential value of developing a sustained activity focused on the identification and monitoring of potentially adverse impacts.

"Groundwater search by remote sensing: A methodological approach"
This FAO-implemented project, IRAQ/SCR/986 "Three-year Agricultural Programme" for the three Iraqi Northern Governorates, developed a comprehensive remote sensing/GIS methodology to identify potential sites for groundwater exploitation.

"Choosing a method for poverty mapping"
This publication discusses poverty and food-security mapping in terms of relevance and available options for analysis, policy design and implementation in the rural sectors of developing countries.

"Towards a GIS-based analysis of mountain environments and populations: Environment and Natural Resources Working paper no. 10"
This working paper applies Geographical Information System (GIS) techniques and newly available geo-referenced data to understand conditions underlying poverty and hunger in the world, particularly in mountain environments.

"Global Land Cover Network"
This publication contains the proceedings of the FAO/UNEP Expert Consultation on Strategies for Global Land Cover Mapping and Monitoring.

"Preparation of a land cover database through remote sensing and GIS: Pilot study in Bulgaria"
This issue of the Remote sensing for decision-makers series (No. 21) illustrates recent satellite data and land cover maps specially devised for agricultural applications.
(Also available in French)

"Assessment of priority areas for trypanosomiasis control actions by satellite data and fuzzy logic: Pilot study in Togo"
This paper is part of the Remote sensing for decision-makers series. This issue addresses vector-borne diseases and the management of rangeland resources.
(Also available in French)

"CD-ROM: 'FAOCLIM'"
"FAOCLIM" contains world-wide agroclimatic data. The CD-ROM, now in version 2.0, covers monthly data for 28100 stations, for up to 14 observed and computed agroclimatic parameters. It includes both long-term averages (1961-90) and time series for rainfall and temperatures.

"Land Cover Classification System (LCCS)"
LCCS is a comprehensive, standardized a priori classification system, designed to meet specific user requirements, and created for mapping exercises, independent of the scale or means used to map. Any land cover identified anywhere in the world can be readily accommodated. The classification uses a set of independent diagnostic criteria that allow correlation with existing classifications and legends.

"Preparation of land cover databases of Bulgaria through remote sensing and GIS"
The FAO project TCP/BUL/8922 "Strengthening Capacity in Agricultural Development through Remote Sensing and GIS" has produced 14 land cover maps at 1:50 000 scale for selected test areas of the country, covering 5 600 sq km. These maps were prepared using Landsat satellite data, acquired in 1998 and 1999 as the main data source and thus represent the land cover existing at that time. The land cover classification was performed using the FAO Land Cover Classification System (LCCS).

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Policy and integrated management

"Special Ministerial Conference on Agriculture in Small Island Developing States: Report and Background Documents"
Most Small Island Developing States are net agricultural importers. As a group they are net exporters by a narrow margin and their agricultural exports tend to be highly concentrated in a small number of commodities and markets.

"The scope of organic agriculture, sustainable forest management and ecoforestry in protected area management"
In protected area categories where agricultural activities are allowed, there is need to consider productive activities which provide livelihoods in an equitable and environmentally-friendly way.

"FAO and SIDS: challenges and emerging issues in agriculture, forestry and fisheries"
Agriculture, fisheries and forestry have provided for centuries the main source of livelihood for the population of the islands. This sector still represents a chief asset to Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

"Integrated natural resources management to enhance food security: The case for community-based approaches in Ethiopia: Environment and Natural Resources Working Paper No. 16"
This publication assesses the current threats to natural resource management and proposes a community-based integrated approach to address the issue and to expand the livelihood base in the non-farm sector.

"Biodiversity and the ecosystem approach in agriculture, forestry and fisheries"
These Proceedings result from the Satellite Event on Biodiversity and the Ecosystem Approach in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries held on the occasion of the Ninth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

"Terrestrial Carbon Observation No. 2 - The Ottawa Assessment of Requirements, Status and Next Steps"
The workshop was designed to summarise existing information and observation requirements regarding terrestrial carbon, conduct initial evaluation of existing data or observations in relation to the requirements, identify major gaps or deficiencies, and propose solutions.

"Terrestrial carbon observation - No. 5 - The Rio de Janeiro recommendations for terrestrial and atmospheric measurements"
This report is a comprehensive plan to use in situ and satellite observing systems to assess and monitor carbon stocks on land an in the atmosphere.

"Terrestrial Carbon Observation: The Frascati report on in situ carbon data and information"
The concept behind TCO is to focus on assembling and generating terrestrial carbon data using in situ (ground based) and satellite data in combination with a number of climate models in order to obtain a more accurate understanding of global stocks and fluxes.

"Organic agricultural environment and food security"
The term "organic agriculture" refers to a process that uses methods respectful of the environment from the production stages through handling and processing. Organic production is not merely concerned with the final product which reaches the consumer.

"Organic Agriculture in Senegal"
The agricultural systems currently in place in Senegal are a mixture of traditional and modern methods, depending greatly on the region and cultural traditions. Current systems have been proven to be inefficient; a strong need exists to create new systems which will be sustainable. This publication examines the introduction of organic agriculture in Senegal as an alternative approach to production and a way to promote better natural resources management.
(Only available in French)


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