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Section 3


Unasylva No. 210. Vol. 53 - 2002/3
Forest assessment and monitoring

Rome, 2002, 92 pp.
ISSN 0041-6436

The international journal on forestry and forest products. A quarterly that covers forest planning and policy, administration, education, genetics, hydrology, wildlife etc. The articles in this issue explore links among assessment and monitoring, national and international information needs, criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management, and reporting forest-related information to international instruments.

Section 4


Fishing fleet profiling methodology

FAO Fisheries Tecnical Paper No. 423
Rome, 2002, 94 pp.
ISBN 92-5-104698-0
ISSN 0429-9345

A fishing fleet profile aims to assist in understanding the complexity and structure of fisheries from the technical and socio-economic points of view, or from the point of view of fishing strategies. A profile consists of analysing the characteristics of individual units of the fleet, for example the boats, in order to classify these units and summarize the heterogeneity of the whole through a description of the component elements and their interrelationships. The identification of the various qualitative and quantitative parameters describing a fishing fleet, together with the characteristics of the boats associated with these parameters, constitutes a profile of the fleet. This document describes the steps necessary to produce such a profile, from planning and the implementation of the fleet survey, through data processing to the presentation of the results.


Report and documentation of the International Workshop on Factors Contributing to Unsustainability and Overexploitation in Fisheries. Nagkok, Thailand, 4-8 February 2002. FAO/Japan Government Cooperative Programme

FAO Fisheries Report No. 672
Rome, 2002, 180 pp.
ISBN 92-5-104771-5
ISSN 0429-9337

The workshop addressed, inter alia: the key factors contributing to fisheries unsustainability and overexploitation and how these factors interact in general and under major fisheries management systems; the priority issues in addressing fisheries unsustainability and overexploitation; and the best practical approaches to address these factors in order to contribute to responsible fisheries management. Preliminary consideration was also given to related issues such as how and in what way these factors were addressed in international fisheries instruments and whether or not the current instruments are sufficient to address these factors. This publication contains the report of the workshop, discussion papers and notes submitted by participants. The document and, in particular, the conclusions and recommendations adopted by workshop participants can serve as a basis for further work aimed at improved fisheries management and a more effective implementation of major international fisheries instruments.


Traditional use and availability of aquatic biodiversity in rice-based ecosystems
1. Kampong Thom Province, Kingdom of Cambodia (CD-ROM)

Rome, 2002
ISBN 92-5-104820-7

This CD-ROM contains the findings of the first case study of the series “Traditional Use and Availability of Aquatic Biodiversity in Rice-based Ecosystems”. It describes the Great Lake, Tonle Sap, ecosystem and ricefield fisheries in Cambodia, explains the scope and limitations of the study, describes the methods used in the study and examines the results obtained. More than 100 aquatic species (fish, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, molluscs, insects, and plants) collected in rice fields and used daily by rural households are presented; the species descriptions and photos are linked to information on collection tools and methods, uses and traditional knowledge. In conclusion, the authors caution against measures threatening aquatic organisms such as pesticide use, clearing of flooded forests and destructive fishing tools, and outline promising approaches for the sustainable management and use of this rich aquatic biodiversity.

Section 5


Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands - LADA Project (CD-ROM included)

World Soils Resources Report No. 97
Rome, 2001, 48 pp.+ CD-ROM
ISBN 92-5-104797-9
ISSN 0532-0488

This report contains the proceedings of the first stakeholders meeting held by the Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) project, which aims to develop and validate quantitative reproducible assessment methods to make them widely available and to demonstrate and build capacity for their application in the dryland areas of the world. The print volume includes the meeting report and recommendations, an executive summary and the annexes, while keynote papers, country experiences, regional approaches and background papers are available on the accompanying CD-ROM.

Section 8


Food Safety Management in Developing Countries (CD-ROM)

Rome, 2001, Bilingual (En/Fr)
ISBN 92-5-004787-8

Prominent food scares and changes in the international trading environment have brought food safety to the forefront of agri-food policy concerns. How are developing countries coping with the new requirements for regulators and the food industry? What kinds of research and development cooperation can best support their efforts? These themes are addressed in this collection of papers from an international workshop held in Montpellier, France, in December 2000. Co-published with CIRAD.

Section 9


Organic agriculture, environment and food security

Environment and Natural Resources Series No. 4
Rome, 2002, 258 pp.
ISBN 92-5-104819-3
ISSN 1684-8241

Organic agriculture is defined as an environmentally and socially sensitive food supply system. This publication examines its many facets, looking at the contribution of organic agriculture to ecological health, international markets and local food security. It builds on empirical experiences throughout the world and analyses the prospects for a wider adoption of organic agriculture. Numerous scenarios depicted in this publication represent the millions of people from all social and economic backgrounds who have adopted this new agrarian ethic on the integrity of food. The small farmers who seek fully integrated food systems are given recognition throughout the publication. They, along with the consumers who are creating market-based incentives for ecological management of agricultural systems, are at the centre of the “organic movement”. The publication discusses the weakness of institutional support for nurturing existing knowledge and exchange in organic agriculture - support that could further enhance organic agriculture’s positive impact on the natural and human environments. Includes 17 figures and 27 tables.


Terrestrial Carbon Observation. The Ottawa assessment of requirements, status and next steps

Environment and Natural Resources Series No. 2
Rome, 2002, 108 pp.
ISBN 92-5-104801-0
ISSN 1684-8241

Although not yet widely recognized, carbon sequestration and fluxes are relevant not only to the climate change debate. They are also key factors in sustaining agricultural productivity, biodiversity and forest ecosystem processes. This report presents the results of a follow-up Terrestrial Carbon Observation (TCO) Synthesis Workshop, organised by the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) in collaboration with the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and other IGOS-P members on February 8-11, 2000 in Ottawa, Canada. 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. The Rio de Janeiro recommendations for terrestrial and atmospheric measurements

Environment and Natural Resources Series No. 3
Rome, 2002, 56 pp.
ISBN 92-5-104802-9
ISSN 1684-8241

“Terrestrial carbon” refers to carbon contained in terrestrial vegetation or soil stocks and the fluxes from or to the atmosphere through which it participates in the global carbon cycle. Carbon plays an important role in sustaining agricultural productivity, biodiversity, and forest ecosystems processes. It is one of the essential ingredients to producing sufficient food, fodder, and forest products that are so important to the economies of lower income countries. This report is a comprehensive plan to use “in situ” and satellite observing systems to asses and monitor carbon stocks on land and in the atmosphere.

Section 2


Produits laitiers ovins et caprins en Méditerranée: traditionnels et sains, (Les) (CD-ROM)

Rome, 2002
ISBN 92-5-204813-8

Ce CD-ROM d’information et d’appui à la formation, préparé par le Centre international de ressources et de valorisation de l’information dans les filières laitières petits ruminants (CIRVAL) et la Division de la production et de la santé animales de la FAO, s’adresse aux formateurs et à leurs élèves, aux fromagers principalement artisanaux, aux fonctionnaires chargés du contrôle hygiénique et sanitaire ainsi qu’au grand public intéressé par ces questions. Il concerne d’abord le bassin méditerranéen mais plus largement toutes les régions concernées par cette activité. Spécifications : IBM Pc compatible; Windows 98 ou version ultérieure requise au minimum; Pentium 400 – RAM 128 Mo.

Section 8


Gestion de la sécurité des aliments dans les pays en développement (CD-ROM)

Rome, 2002, bilingue (En/Fr)
ISBN 92-5-004787-8

Les peurs alimentaires récentes et l’évolution des règles du commerce international ont fait de la sécurité des aliments une préoccupation politique majeure. Comment les pays en développement font-ils face aux nouvelles exigences imposées aux systèmes de surveillance et à l ‘industrie agro-alimentaire? Quelles recherches et quels programmes de coopération peuvent les aider au mieux dans leurs efforts? Le présent recueil d’articles, issus d’un atelier international tenu à Montpellier, France, en décembre 2000, aborde ces différents thèmes. Une coédition avec le CIRAD.

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Section 8

Codex Alimentarius Commission. Procedural Manual. Twelfth edition

Rome, 2002, 190 pp.
ISBN 92-5-504655-1
ISSN 1020-8437
$ 12.00

The Procedural manual of the Codex Alimentarius Commission is intended to help Member Governments participate effectively in the work of the joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The manual is particularly useful for national delegations attending Codex meetings and for international organizations attending as observers. It sets out the basic Rules of Procedure, procedures for the elaboration of Codex standards and related texts, general principles and guidelines for the acceptance of Codex standards by governments, basic definitions and guidelines for the operation of Codex committees. It also gives the membership of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the addresses of Codex contact points.