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Ukraine has productive and healthy soil, called chernozem, that is rich in organic matter. However, leading Ukrainian soil scientists estimate that water erosion affects 13.4 million ha, including 10.6 million ha of arable land. Erosion directly impacts soil fertility and agricultural production, which can lead to significant economic losses of...
24.05.2019
Many communities in the Caucasus and Central Asia rely heavily on healthy forests for the social, economic and environmental benefits they provide. However, countries in the region often do not have the capacity to fully monitor their forests and thus are unable to sustainably manage them. Improving forest management requires an...
23.05.2019
Rich in karst fields and scenic views, rural life in Canton 10 of Bosnia and Herzegovina has its opportunities and challenges. Although the canton’s geography does not allow for intensive farming, it provides a good basis for livestock production and rural tourism. Its rural communities are well-positioned to shape their...
21.05.2019
A pig disease originating from Southeast Africa, never before seen in Europe and Central Asia, hit the news in 2007 when it was first detected in Georgia. Since then, African swine fever has spread throughout Eastern Europe, entering the European Union in 2014. Despite huge efforts and investments, no country has...
21.05.2019
In response to the growing challenges of rising hunger and malnutrition due to continuous conflicts and the effects of climate change, considerable efforts are required to strengthen partnerships in food security and nutrition among developed, transition and developing countries. Kazakhstan, having committed to ensuring food security in Central Asia and having...
17.05.2019
North Macedonia has reached an important milestone in the sustainable management of its forests. With a sound forest monitoring system designed, the country is now able to take further steps in improving policies and decision-making to increase Macedonian forests’ contributions to national sustainable development. Designing a state-of-the-art forest monitoring system tailored...
15.05.2019
Until now, there has been little information available to the international community regarding the state of forests in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Today, however, the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section has released the first regional overview of the forest sector in these countries since they became independent in the 1990s. The...
07.05.2019
Prevention is better than cure – and more effective, too. Especially if one can start laying the foundations of a healthy diet at a young age. Last week, experts from several United Nations agencies, along with government representatives from eight countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus, worked through important aspects...
02.05.2019
Turkey is home to a great variety of biodiversity and ecosystems. The country’s diverse geographic features range from the Black Sea Mountains to the Mediterranean plains, from eastern highlands to Aegean coastline, with three biogeographical regions. For centuries, Turkey’s ecosystems and biodiversity have been the basis of sustainable agricultural practices...
29.04.2019
It is estimated that about half of the world’s obsolete pesticides can be found in the former Soviet Union, with many of them stored throughout Central Asia. As an important centre for agriculture, particularly cotton production, the subregion was a heavy user of pesticides. What remain are inappropriate burial sites,...
24.04.2019
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