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June 2011
Lessons from the Field
Experiences from FAO Climate Change Projects

Our knowledge of the processes and impacts of climate change is evolving fast. The agriculture forestry and fisheries sectors are highly affected by climate change, yet at the same time contribute to the problem by emitting significant volumes of greenhouse gases. The future of food security therefore depends on strong action in these sectors to both mitigate and adapt to climate change. Effective mechanisms for assimilating, consolidating and applying experiences from field projects, scientific research and the knowledge and practices of local people will be central to such action. This publication is the result of the FAO Climate Change Days workshop that was held at FAO headquarters in Rome 21-23 June 2010, bringing together around 100 professionals from the FAO's regional, subregional, country and headquarters offices in a number of sessions relating to FAO's climate change work.

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June 2011
Climate change: major impacts on water for farming
New FAO survey sums up current scientific understanding of impacts, highlights knowledge gaps and areas for attention

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May 2011
Strengthening capacity for climate change adaptation in agriculture
Experiences and lessons from Lesotho

Environment and Natural Resources Management Series 18. Climate change is already having an adverse impact on food security in Southern Africa notably in the Least Developed Countries like Lesotho that have a large rural population dependent on rainfed agriculture. Projected changes in future temperature and rainfall patterns for 2030 in Southern Africa indicate a significant decline in production of major staple crops such as maize, wheat and sorghum. Climate change-induced effects in Lesotho are expected to have a far-reaching regional impact on regional fresh water resources as the country forms major source of fresh water and drainage areas extending into the Atlantic basin through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. This publication highlights the urgency of adapting agriculture and natural resources management to the unfolding climate change scenarios and potential impacts. It also underscores the importance of creating awareness and action among policy makers.

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May 2011
NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT NEWSLETTER
May 2011 - Number 06

In this issue, we look plans underway for the launch of a new Global Soil Partnership, an ambitious attempt to support a global effort to work on common issues related to soil management. We also examine a regional project focused on assisting four Andean countries - Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador – with issues of climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in the agricultural sector. Finally, we invite you to participate in an online conference addressing issues related to policies and practices of water allocation in Asia, with a special focus on agriculture.

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May 2011
PAYMENTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE GREEN ECONOMY
Stakeholders Consultation From Payment of Environmental Externalities to Remuneration of Positive Externalities in the Agriculture and Food Sector. FAO, Rome, 27-28 September 2010

The concept of a green economy has lately gained currency as the world has been searching for solution to multiple global changes, especially in the midst of the global economic crisis in 2008. The UN Joint Crisis Initiative 4 on the Green Economy, led by UNEP, is currently investigating this concept and a Green Economy Report, covering all sectors’ contributions to the green economy is being prepared. The United Nations General Assembly has selected the “green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty alleviation” as one of the main themes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to be held in Rio, Brazil in 2012.

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