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News, Publications & Announcements - Climate Change

May 2011
Growing number of mega-fires may contribute to global warming
FAO calls for wildfire emissions monitoring and comprehensive fire management strategies

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April 2011
NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT NEWSLETTER
April 2011 - Number 05

This month, we invite you to participate in the e-consultation on Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible governance of tenure of land and other natural resources. Following a lengthy regional consultation process, additional input is being requested prior to the drafting of the Zero Draft Guidelines. FAO Headquarters marked World Water Day 2011, examining the urgent need for safe water supplies for the world’s rapidly growing urban populations. Finally, we proudly announce the Chinese-language version of a disaster preparedness project web site, outlining the findings of a two-year project that took place in China’s Juye County. The site is now fully available in English and Chinese.

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For related information, see the following theme pages: -Land Tenure  -Water Resources  -Climate Change  
April 2011
Forests and climate change in the Mediterranean Forests and climate change in the Mediterranean
New partnership established to address threats to forests

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April 2011
Climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in the tropical Andes web site

Communities in the upper parts of watersheds in Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador are particularly vulnerable to weather extremes and increasingly unpredictable weather behavior. This vulnerability plays out with a devastating effect on agricultural production and natural resources in the most affected region. A regional project focused on assisting Andean countries in reducing disaster risks in the agricultural sector. This project web site documents good practices on natural resources management and institutional strengthening in these affected regions. It also serves as a repository for policy briefs, aimed at helping decision makers to undertake sustainable participatory and productive development.

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April 2011
Biodiversity Challenge Badge

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has teamed up with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity, the World Association of Girl Guides and Scouts and the Youth and Unite Nations Global Alliance to offer a Biodiversity Challenge Badge to young people willing to gain the knowledge, skills and values to protect, preserve and improve biodiversity. This publication introduces age-appropriate activities designed to introduce the concepts of biodiversity and to stimulate exploration through active-based learning.

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