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Biodiversity conservation and protected area management course on offer in Fiji
The Forest and Protected Area Management project (FPAM) is assisting the Fiji Ministry for Forestry Fiji through the Forestry Training Centre (FTC) with the development of a new tailored short term courses for Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Area Management. The Fiji Forestry Training Centre, which is part of the Ministry of Forests is located on the outskirts of Suva in Fiji. The tailored training targets different types of organizations and groups...
Boerma Award celebrated in Samoa
17.08.2017 Asia, Samoa
Boerma Award celebrated in Samoa
FAO Subregional Office in Samoa celebrated the achievement of the editor of the Samoa Observer Newspaper, Mr Mata’afa Keni Lesa, in receiving the FAO A.H Boerma award. This is the first that the prestigious award was given to a journalist from the Pacific region. Mr Lesa traveled to Rome to receive the award from the Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva at a special ceremony held during the annual FAO...
FAO boosts support to promote legal timber trade in Lao PDR
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is stepping up support for the legal timber trade in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic with the official launch of two new projects that will strengthen the roles of civil society and the private sector in improving forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT) in the country. Implemented by local partners with support from the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme, the projects will...
DPR Korea’s food production hit by the worst drought since 2001
Food insecurity expected to seriously scale up
20.07.2017 Rome
DPR Korea’s food production hit by the worst drought since 2001
DPR Korea’s crop production for 2017, including staple rice, maize, potatoes and soybean, has been severely damaged by prolonged dry weather conditions, threatening food security for a large part of its population, according to a new FAO update prepared in collaboration with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Rainfall from April to June in key crop producing areas in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea were well below the long-term average, severely...
Niue Showcases its Biodiversity
By Run
05.07.2017 Huvalu, Niue
Niue Showcases its Biodiversity
A new eco-tourism initiative showcasing the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area has just been launched in Niue, with the aim of informing, educating and exciting both visitors and locals on the importance of Niue’s forests in sustaining the island’s ecosystems, culture, and biodiversity conservation. The forest area covers almost a quarter of the South Pacific nation, and is located in one of the world’s 34 ‘biodiversity hotspots’, where some of the most...
Zero Hunger champions take a bow at FAO ceremony
Governments, journalists, NGOs and UN field teams recognized for work to eradicate hunger, promote sustainable development
05.07.2017 Rome
Zero Hunger champions take a bow at FAO ceremony
National ministries from Angola and the Dominican Republic, the International Organization for Migration, Rabobank, and the Commission for the Conservation of Artic Marine Living Resources were among those honoured by FAO today for their work on pressing issues of food security and sustainable development. In a ceremony held today during FAO's governing Conference, ten organizations and individuals received awards - and thanks - from the agency's Director-General, Jose Graziano da Silva. "It...
FAO Video: Community-based fisheries management - Fishing voices from the Pacific
A video has been produced documenting the voices of fishing communities and stakeholders in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.  In the largest ocean in the world, the people of the Pacific face growing threats to their marine resources due to growing populations, overfishing, pollution, and climate change. Over half of the Pacific island population rely on coastal fisheries as the main source of food and income. With the support of fisheries...
New conservation areas set up in Samoa
Two new rainforest Community Conservation Areas (CCAs) were officially opened recently on the island of Savai’i in Samoa. The CCAs were developed in partnership between the village communities, the Samoa Conservation Society, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the Forestry. The CCAs are part of the continued Forest Protected Area Management project which is implemented by FAO and funded by the Global Environment Facility. Community Conservation Areas are an...
Solomon Islands’ fish exporters get a boost with new project
A new project, supported by the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and led by the FAO, is going to give fish exporters in the Solomon Islands an added boost to access the EU market. Solomon Islands’ fish exporters stand to benefit under a new project going live supported by the STDF – a global partnership on safe trade. FAO is one of STDF’s founding partners, alongside the World Bank, OIE,...
Sri Lanka’s food production hit by extreme drought followed by floods
Rice production to drop by nearly 40 percent in 2017 - assisting farmers is critical to halt growing food insecurity
22.06.2017 Rome, Italy
Sri Lanka’s food production hit by extreme drought followed by floods
A severe drought followed by heavy rainfalls in Sri Lanka has hit large swaths of cropping areas, threatening the food security of some 900,000 people, according to a report published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). According to the joint Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission, drought conditions in 2016 and early 2017 led to widespread crop...