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July 2008
Land degradation on the rise
One fourth of the world’s population affected, says new study

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October 2007
6. Land Evaluation. Towards a revised framework.

Land evaluation is a vital link in the chain leading to sustainable management of land resources. There is a perceived need to update the FAO 1976 Framework for Land Evaluation to reflect current concerns related to climate change, biodiversity and desertification. The goods and services of the land that are related to its multiple functions or benefits as well as the sustainability of its use need to be addressed. New tools to conduct land evaluation have become available and the need for a participatory approach has been recognized.Many concepts and definitions of the original Framework remain valid; others evolved and new concepts arose over the past 25–30 years.

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April 2007
Communication, dialogue, conciliation
Participatory and Negotiated Territorial Development more than a tool, an integration and interaction strategy

This publication is available in Portuguese under the title “Comunicação, diálogo, conciliação”; it is the result of the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ICARRD) . The Conference called on participants to develop grassroots, participatory strategies in land policy discussions. The Participatory and Negotiated Territorial Development approach facilitates the process of dialogue among all actors involved, including national governmental and non-governmental institutions working on agrarian reform and territorial development issues, in addition ot civil society organizations and interested stakeholders.

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March 2007
103. World reference base for soil resources 2006 First update 2007

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April 2006
Guidelines for soil description.FAO,2006

These guidelines are based on the internationally accepted Guidelines for Soil Description (FAO, 1990).Some new international developments in soil information systems and soil classification, such as the Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils (Schoeneberger et al., 2002) and Keys to Soil Taxonomy (USDA Soil Survey Staff,2003), Updated Global and National Soils and Terrain Digital Databases (ISRIC, 2005) and the second edition of the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (IUSS Working Group WRB, 2006) are taken into consideration.

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