Land Resources

Land Resources, Management, Planning and Use

The WOCAT International partnership

Since its creation in 1992, WOCAT, the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies, has been organized as an informal global network providing tools and methods that enable SLM specialists to identify priority areas and need for action and enable them to share their valuable resource-management knowledge. The tools and methods help WOCAT Members identify appropriate SLM technologies and approaches and support them in making decisions in the field, in various levels of planning, and in scaling up best practices. In the past, the WOCAT management team has conducted many activities based on informal arrangements, guiding interventions but relying on ad hoc assistance, in-kind support, and financial contributions stipulated in specific contracts and projects.

In April 2014, WOCAT has been expanded through a Framework Agreement into a more formal and wider partnership entitled WOCAT International, a consortium of concerned partners that seek to work in concert in order to address challenges related to SLM.

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Territorial Development and Local Knowledge Systems

Land and Water Division Working Paper 11 | 2014

Engaging local farming knowledge through a right - based approach to agricultural development

The purpose of this paper is to argue that agricultural development efforts should support the practical integration of different knowledge systems in various areas and sectors of agriculture to reach the sustainable development goals of a happier and healthier humanity and global environment.

Beginning with a discussion on some of some basic concepts around knowledge, land and territory, the paper will illustrate some of thedifferent ways of thinking of knowledge system processes as they relate to agricultural stakeholder rights. The paper then aims to emphasize the need forinnovative and inclusive participatory processes for engaging local knowledge users in order to diversify knowledge use and support sustainable natural resource management.

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World Soil Day 2015: Soils, a foundation for family farming - Main celebration to take place on 5 December at FAO Headquarters

5 December 2014 has been designated the first official World Soil day and 2015 has been declared the International Year of Soil. This event is intended to celebrate the first official World Soil Day and will also constitute the launch of the International Year of Soils in FAO as similar events are organized in New York and Bangkok. The overall aim of this event is to create full awareness of all stakeholders about the fundamental role of soils for human life.

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Pacte Social Territorial - premier succès d’un dialogue et d’une concertation communautaire pour un accès à la terre durablement sécuriséRead

Un cadre de concertation pouvant garantir «un accès durable et équitable à la terre et aux ressources naturelles» existe désormais au niveau de la province du Nord Kivu.
La signature de ce pacte, un succès à mettre à l’actif du processus national de dialogue et de négociation concertée pour renforcer la cohésion sociale au sein de la population du Nord Kivu, est le chemin le plus approprié pour faciliter l’accès à la terre, principal facteur de sécurisation des moyens d’existence pour renforcer la résilience des ménages agricoles du Nord Kivu, et de ce fait, contribuer à la stabilisation régionale.

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First high-level training course on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) to take place in Beijing (copy 1)

FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) China are organizing the “First High-Level Training course on the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) –Think Globally, Act Locally". The course will be held in Beijing, from the 14 to the 28 September 2014. Field visits will be made to selected GIAHS sites in China. Participants will be guided through the process of developing a GIAHS proposal for their own countries. 

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International Year of Soils 2015 Website now online


The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS). The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. The official website for the IYS 2015 is now online. Visitors can download the official logo in 6 languages.

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Assesing and monitoring our earth’s land and water resources to support food security and early warning system with contributions from all

FAO’s new database includes eleven global land cover layers each representing the major land cover classes defined by the FAO and System of environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) legend. It brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time and represents the most-reliable global view of planetary land cover assembled to-date. This new product collects previously scattered and unharmonized land cover information from around the globe into one centralized database, marking a major improvement in information regarding the physical characteristics of the Earth’s surface. Up to now, one of the major challenges for countries and organizations was to identify, measure and record efficiently a good global overview of land cover.

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La Facilitation pour la gouvernance territoriale

La Conférence internationale sur la réforme agraire et le développement rural (CIRADR) mit en place une tribune pour des discussions sur les politiques foncières4. À cette occasion, la FAO a présenté une proposition pour une méthode novatrice, en mesure de combattre ces problèmes: la méthode du développement territorial participatif et négocié (DTPN).

L’objectif du présent document est de mieux définir certaines caractéristiques des ressources humaines qui s’avèrent indispensables si l’on veut «contribuer» au processus de convergence progressive et de collaboration entre les divers acteurs.

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GSP website now available

The Global Soil Partnership is pleased to announce the release of its new website

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Improving Gender Equality in Territorial Issues - Integrated Guidelines 

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