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New titles in English

Section 0

Improving gender equity in access to land

FAO Land Tenure Note No. 2
Rome, 2006, 32 pp.
ISBN 92-105557-2
ISSN 1812-3163

This guide has been prepared to support non-governmental organizations that are working to promote more equitable access to land for women and men in rural communities. In most societies, access to land has favoured certain individuals and groups at the expense of others. Women are one of the groups that often have fewer and weaker rights to land. The guide addresses gender relations and how their structure affects access to land. It presents strategies to improve gender equity by evaluating the current situation to identify what gender issues exist, by informing people of their rights to land, and by working to empower the marginalized.

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Section 3

Better forestry, less poverty. A practioner's guide

FAO Forestry Paper No. 149
Rome, 2006, 78 pp.
ISBN 92-105550-5
ISSN 0258-6150

This guide suggests ways to design and implement forest-based interventions that have the greatest potential to reduce poverty. Areas for action include timber production in both natural and planted forests, non-wood forest products, woodfuel, bushmeat, agroforestry and payment for environmental services. For each topic, the guide outlines key issues, summarizes successful case studies and identifies sources of additional information. The document highlights the importance of using participatory approaches and of tailoring activities to local circumstances. Emphasis is on making changes that will improve the livelihoods of people living in or near forests, and on helping users to gain a better understanding of the forms of rural poverty and of how decisions made at the local level affect segments of poor rural communities in different ways - women, children and the elderly being the most vulnerable. The guide will be of interest to forestry and rural development practitioners and the communities they serve, including district forestry officials, extension workers, local planners and administrators, and owners of small-scale enterprises and their employees.

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New generation of watershed management programmes and projects, (The)

FAO Forestry Paper No. 150
Rome, 2006, 142 pp.
ISBN 92-105551-3
ISSN 0258-6150

On the occasion of the International Year of Mountains - 2002, FAO and its partners undertook a large-scale assessment and global review of the current status and future trends of integrated and participatory watershed management. The overall objectives were to promote the exchange and dissemination of experiences in implementing watershed management projects in the decade from 1990 to 2000 and to identify the vision for a new generation of watershed management programmes and projects. This resource book represents a summary and critical analysis of the rich discussions and vast material that emerged during the review, as well as the review's findings and recommendations. It presents the state of the art in watershed management, promotes further reflection and creative thinking and proposes new ideas and approaches for future watershed management programmes and projects. This publication has been written primarily for field-level watershed management practitioners and local decision-makers involved in watershed management at the district or municipality level. It will also be a useful source of information for other readers such as senior officers and consultants specialized in other areas, evaluators, policy-makers and students of watershed management.

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Section 4

Report of the FAO Expert Consultation on the Economic, Social and Institutional Considerations of Applying the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management. Rome 6-7 June 2006

FAO Fisheries Report No. 799
Rome, 2006, 22 pp.
ISBN 92-105558-0
ISSN 0429-9337

The Expert Consultation was convened by FAO in order to elaborate a framework for technical guidelines on the economic, social and institutional considerations (e.g. information processes and approaches) needed in the application of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAF). The Expert Consultation provided specific guidance for the finalization of a technical paper based on a revision and elaboration of the background document presented and produced a detailed outline for the preparation of new technical guidelines. The Expert Consultation also noted the need to clearly explain the current interpretation of the term EAF, expressing the ideas of a holistic, participatory and integrated approach to fisheries management. The Expert Consultation recognized that the move towards EAF would, in many instances, be accomplished on an incremental and adaptive management basis in view of each specific context being addressed.

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State of world highly migratory, straddling and other high seas fishery resources and associated species, (The)

By: Jean-Jaques Maguire, Michael Sissenwine, Jorge Csirke, Richard Grainger, Serge Garcia
FAO Fisheries Technical paper No. 495
Rome, 2006, 96 pp.
ISBN 92-105554-8
ISSN 0429-9345

This document describes highly migratory fish stocks, straddling fish stocks, and stocks of other high-seas fishery resources and the fisheries for them, including information on their state of exploitation. Fisheries for highly migratory species are important in all oceans and semi-enclosed seas, except for polar regions. Fisheries for straddling fish stocks are much more localized, primarily occurring in a few regions where continental shelves extend beyond the 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) while most fisheries for other high-seas fishery resources are deep-water fisheries. Formal assessments are lacking for most of the stocks examined. Nevertheless, the compilation of available assessments and FAO's analyses indicate that about 30 percent of the stocks of highly migratory tuna and tuna-like species, more than 50 percent of the highly migratory oceanic sharks and nearly two-thirds of the straddling stocks and the stocks of other high-seas fishery resources are overexploited or depleted.

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Section 8

Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. Special issue. Biodiversity and nutrition: a common path

Volume 19, Numbers 6-7, September-November 2006
Guest Editor: Álvaro Toledo. Editor: Barbara Burlingame
New York, 2006, 302 pp.
ISSN 0889-1575

The Journal of Food Composition and Analysis is the official publication of the International Network of Food Composition and Analysis, and is co-sponsored by the United Nations University and FAO. This journal is devoted to all scientific aspects of the composition of human foods, and emphasizes new methods of analysis; data on composition of foods; studies on the production, compilation and dissemination of food composition data; studies on the statistics and distribution of such data and data systems; and studies related to data use, including nutritional epidemiology, clinical research, agro-biodiversity, food security and food trade. The journal has a strong base in nutrient composition, but places equal emphasis on bioactive non-nutrients and anti-nutrients in foods.

With this special themed issue on Biodiversity, illustrating the important role of biodiversity for nutrition, and of nutrition for biodiversity, FAO contributes to supporting new efforts for mainstreaming biodiversity into food and agriculture, and in particular to the nutrition agenda. (Published by Elsevier - this issue also available from FAO)

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Strengthening national food control systems. Guidelines to access capacity building needs

Rome, 2006, 152 pp., spiralbound
ISBN 92-105536-X

FAO has developed these Guidelines, in collaboration with WHO, to assist countries to identify their capacity building needs in the core components of a national food control system. The guidelines include five modules to assess the needs in: i) food control management; ii) food legislation; iii) food inspection; iv) official food control laboratories; and v) food safety and quality information, education and communication. Each module sets out a step-by-step process to examine critically existing capacity and performance, consider the desired future improved situation, pinpoint capacity building needs and identify options to address them. Internationally accepted benchmarks for an effective national food control system are incorporated, as well as practical tools and suggestions to support the needs assessment process.

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Nuevos títulos en Español

Sección 6

Evapotranspiración del cultivo. Guías para determinación los requerimientos de agua de los cultivos

Por: Richard G. Allen, Luis S. Pereira, Dirk Raes, Martin Smith
Estudios FAO: Riego y drenaje Nº 56
Roma, 2006, 322 págs.
ISBN 92-5-304219-2
ISSN 1020-4393

En esta publicación se presenta una actualización del procedimiento para calcular la evapotranspiración de referencia y la evapotranspiración del cultivo a partir de datos meteorológicos y coeficientes de cultivo. El procedimiento, que fue presentado por primera vez en la publicación No 24 de la Serie de Riego y Drenaje de la FAO "Las Necesidades de Agua de los Cultivos" en 1977, permite estimar la cantidad de agua que un cultivo utiliza teniendo en cuenta el efecto del clima y las características del cultivo. La presente publicación incorpora avances en investigación y un procedimiento más preciso para determinar el uso de agua de los cultivos de acuerdo a las recomendaciones de un panel de expertos de alto nivel organizado por la FAO en Mayo de 1990. La primera parte de estas guías incluye procedimientos para determinar la evapotranspiración del cultivo de referencia de acuerdo con el método Penman-Monteith. A continuación se presentan procedimientos actualizados para estimar la evapotranspiración de diversos cultivos en diferentes etapas de desarrollo y condiciones ecológicas.

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New titles in Chinese

Section 1

Guidelines on minimum requirements for agricultural pesticide application equipment. Volume Four. Ground-based locust and grasshopper sprayers (Chinese version)

Rome, 2006, 34 pp.
ISBN 92-505245-4
ISSN 1812-0571

The FAO minimum requirements in this publication are based on existing international, European and national standards and other published references. They also draw on the in-depth knowledge and experience of international sprayer standards of the experts assigned to the project and on the authors' experience of pesticide application in the developing world. They take into account sprayers that are already on the market, many of which already meet the requirements. The guidelines on minimum requirements provide a practical aid to assist purchasing and other agencies to avoid buying or approving sprayers with quality and design limitations, which could compromise operator and environmental safety. Member countries should adopt them immediately, to begin to eliminate substandard and unsafe sprayers from national markets and ultimately from the international scene.

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Section 4

Guidelines for the ecolabelling of fish and fishery products from marine capture fisheries (Chinese version)

Rome, 2006, 34 pp.
ISBN 92-505370-1

The Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries are of a voluntary nature. They are applicable to ecolabelling schemes that are designed to certify and promote labels for products from well-managed marine capture fisheries and focus on issues related to the sustainable use of fisheries resources. The guidelines refer to principles, general considerations, terms and definitions, minimum substantive requirements and criteria, and procedural and institutional aspects of ecolabelling of fish and fishery products from marine capture fisheries.

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Hatchery culture of bivalves. A practical manual (Chinese version)

By: Michel M. Helm, Neil Bourne, Alessandro Lovatelli
FAO Fisheries Technical Paper No. 471
Rome, 2006, 182 pp.
ISBN 92-505224-1
ISSN 1728-7332

This manual is a synthesis of current methodologies pertinent to the intensive hatchery culture of bivalve molluscs. It encompasses both the similarities and differences in approach in rearing clams, oysters and scallops in different climatic zones. All aspects of the culture process are described, together with basic considerations in choosing a site for hatchery development and in the design of a suitable facility. It also includes the post-hatchery handling of larvae in remote setting and also of spat in both land- and sea-based nurseries. This document is intended to assist both technicians entering the field as well as entrepreneurs researching investment opportunities in bivalve culture.

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