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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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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
Asia Water – Study on Sustainable Water Resource Use Online Conference
18 April – 15 July 2011

The conference is an integral part of the 'Analysis of Sustainable Water Resource Use in Asia' project which focuses specifically on issues related to policies and practices of water allocation, with a special focus on agriculture. The objective of the conference is to identify the issues and challenges related to water allocation, and to explore the agricultural responses at all scales. From 18 April to 15 July 2011, the online conference will address various topics, which will be introduced by several expert discussion papers. Interested participants can register online to take part in the online conference.

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March 2011
Innovations in water management needed to sustain cities
On World Water Day, FAO stresses need to ensure adequate water supplies to swelling urban populations

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March 2011
Natural Resources and Environment Newsletter
March 2011 - Number 04

This month, we will be marking the annual World Water Day celebration on 22 March. This year’s theme is Water for the cities: Responding to urban challenges. In this issue, we look at some of the challenges posed to water resources by rapid migration and we consider one possible solution for improving the use of these resources. In this issue, we are pleased to welcome a new Executive Secretary to the Commission for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and we also invite you to participate in a moderated e-consultation on Sustainability Assessment of the Food Chain, running through 25 March. The input gathered from this e-consultation will feed into the preparatory process for the Rio+20 Conference planned for next year.

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For related information, see the following theme pages: -Water Resources  -Genetic Resources & Biodiversity  

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