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News, Publications & Announcements - Land Resources

August 2010
FAO launches NASA-developed fire monitoring system
Will help countries to detect fire hotspots in real time

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March 2010
Launch of the State of Land and Water web site

Preparation is underway for the June 2011 release of the first issue of the State of Land and Water (SOLAW) Flagship publication. The flagship publication will report on and analyze the global status of land and water resources. A new SOLAW website has been launched to highlight news and information related to the ongoing preparation work.

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March 2010
Enduring Farms: Climate change, smallholders and traditional farming communities
Environment & Development Series 6

The threat of global climate change has caused concern among scientists as crop growth could be severely affected by changes in key climatic variables and agricultural production and food security could be affected both globally and locally. However, farmers living in harsh environments in the regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America are constantly coping with extreme weather events and climatic variability. This has led them to develop and/or inherit complex farming systems that have the potential to bring solutions to many uncertainties facing humanity in an era of climate change. These systems have been managed in ingenious ways, allowing small farming families to meet their subsistence needs in the midst of environmental variability, and without depending much on modern agricultural technologies.

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January 2010
REVIEW OF EVIDENCE ON DRYLANDS PASTORAL SYSTEMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE: IMPLICATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION
Land and Water Discussion Paper 8

In light of global concerns over the impacts of climate change and climate variability, this document provides an overview of opportunities for adaptation and mitigation in dryland pastoral and agropastoral systems. It makes a case for a concerted global effort to promote mitigation practices that also have benefits for adaptation and livelihoods of pastoralists and agropastoralists in drylands. The review also highlights the vast untapped potential for climate change mitigation and adaptation associated with improved carbon sequestration in pastoral systems and rangelands. Much of this potential lies in soil carbon sequestration.

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January 2010
Haiti’s post-earthquake rehabilitation begins with farmers
Priority is spring planting season as thousands flee, food prices rise

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