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June 2007
FAO seeks standards for environment and natural resources
Press Release: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

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December 2006
A geospatial framework for the analysis of poverty and environment links
Environment and Natural Resources Working Paper Number 25

The report begins with a review of the demand for better information that emerged during the Summit decade, culminating with the Millennium Summit in 2000. It explains how georeferenced information can be used to bring greater precision to the understanding of spatially-related factors underlying poverty and food insecurity and discusses the role of Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information and Mapping System (FIVIMS) in promoting greater use of geospatial information. A new georeferenced database for analysing poverty and environment links – the Food Insecurity, Poverty and Environment Global GIS Database – is introduced and early efforts to make greater use of map products for monitoring poverty and food security indicators are reviewed. The report concludes with a brief summary of opportunities for using the Food Insecurity, Poverty and Environment Global GIS Database for the spatial analysis of links between poverty and environment, and applying the results to current policy issues.

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December 2006
A geospatial framework for the analysis of poverty and environment links
Environment and Natural Resources Working Paper Number 25

This report explains how georeferenced information can be used to bring greater precision to the understanding of spatially-related factors underlying poverty and food insecurity and discusses the role of Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information and Mapping System (FIVIMS) in promoting greater use of geospatial information.

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August 2006
Mapping global urban and rural population distributions. Estimates of future global population distribution to 2015
Environment and Natural Resource Working Paper 24

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May 2006
An inventory and comparison of globally consistent geospatial databases and libraries
Environment and Natural Resources Working Paper Series Number 19

This report presents an inventory of global data sources which can be used to provide consistent geospatial baselines for core framework data layers in the support of generalized base mapping, emergency preparedness and response, food security and poverty mapping. In the report, only globally consistent data sources at the scales of 1:5 million or larger for vector data and a nominal pixel size of 5 arc minutes or higher resolution for raster data, were considered. The sources of data presented in the inventory were identified based on a review of on-line Internet resources conducted in the first quarter of 2004 and updated in January 2005.

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