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The first part of the Manual introduces the main steps of forest road network planning and gives guidance on road construction under different site conditions.

The second part of the Manual introduces the goals and best practices of regular forest road maintenance which is a key operation that enables multi-purpose use of forests. 

Available also in Serbian and Albanian. 
Vodič za planiranje, izgradnju i održavanje šumskih puteva
Udhëzues për planifikimin, ndërtimin dhe mirëmbajtjen e rrugëve pyjore

This book promotes Integrated Pest Management, to contribute to reduced reliance on pesticides and the avoidance of adverse impacts from pesticide use on the health and safety of farming communities, consumers and the environment. Through the IPM approach, technical advice is provided to help plan methods and measures to control major pests and diseases occurring or expected to occur in the countries of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. The specific descriptions contain a short summary of the biology of the species, completed with information on methods and tools of monitoring and control. Preventive control methods are also discussed.

The main purposes of this research are to identify and analyse the role of women and men in the forestry sector in Kosovo, and women’s and men’s ownership and use of forests. The report also aims to analyse the gender issues within the institutional policy and legal framework that governs forest management, in order to provide recommendations on how to mainstream gender in forest policies in Kosovo more effectively. The research forms part of a project entitled, “Support to Implementation of the Forest Policy and Strategy in Kosovo” (GCP/KOS/005/FIN) funded by Finland, which aims to increase the forestry sector’s contribution to the national economy through the sustainable use of forest resources, taking into account multipurpose forestry, and the economic, social and environmental benefits of forests, as well as the sector’s contribution to climate change mitigation. 

Обзор агропродовольственной торговой политики в постсоветских странах 2015-16 (in Russian)
Данный обзор является вторым выпуском в серии публикаций, посвященных анализу последних изменений в сельскохозяйственной торговле и развитию торговой политики в постсоветских странах. Как и предыдущая публикация, он подготовлен в рамках Региональной инициативы ФАО в Европе и Центральной Азии «Развитие агропродовольственной торговли и доступа к международным рынкам». Инициатива содействует налаживанию диалога по многосторонним и региональным торговым соглашениям и способствует формированию и реализации аграрной торговой политики на уровне стран. 

The Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a viral disease of cattle that has dramatic effects on rural livelihoods, which strongly dependent on cattle. The disease slashes milk production and may lead sterility in bulls and fertility problems in females. It damages hides, and causes death due to secondary bacterial infections. Although traditionally limited to sub-Saharan Africa, LSD has slowly been invading new territories such as the Middle East and Turkey, and since 2015, most of the Balkan countries, the Caucasus and the Russian Federation, where the disease continues to spread and the risk of an imminent incursion into other unaffected countries, is very high. 

Part I of this year’s edition of the State of Food Insecurity in Europe and Central Asia is devoted to the theme of how the nature of food insecurity has evolved in the region over the past 23 years. The familiar four pillars of food security are used to demonstrate how the character of food insecurity in the region has changed substantially, owing to the pro-poor economic growth observed over the past 23 years, particularly in the poorer countries of the region. Today, the main indicators and issues on household food insecurity concern malnutrition, rather than the physical or economic access or stability of access to food. The different characteristics of food insecurity in the ECA region require different policies. Part II discusses a range of policies designed to address the principal malnutrition issues by groups of countries, classified by their predominant food insecurity and malnutrition concerns.