Land Resources

FAO Land Resources - World Soil Resources Reports

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06 Jun 12
Développement territorial participatif et négocié (DTPN)
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L’apparition du concept de territorialité, en matière de développement rural, n’est pas le fruit du hasard mais le résultat des bouleversements économiques et sociaux qui ont lieu dans les pays et du phénomène plus vaste de la globalisation. La territorialité répond à la nécessité d’adaptation des méthodologies, des moyens à mettre en oeuvre et des actions à entreprendre pour faire face à ces changements et à leurs effets indésirables. En outre, le concept de territorialité propose une image différente des questions liées à l’espace territorial et interpelle directement les populations rurales, de plus en plus souvent invitées à se prononcer sur de nouvelles perspectives quant à leur développement.

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25 May 12
Global Agro-Ecological Zones
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The new GAEZ Data Portal is an interactive data access facility, which not only provides free access to data and information and allows visualization of data, but also provides the user with various analysis outputs and download options. This portal is the result of 30 years of assessing agricultural resources and potential by FAO and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna.

 

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11 May 12
Governance of Tenure Voluntary Guidelines video
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The Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of National Food Security has been approved by the 38th Session of the Committee on World Food Security. This video explains the three year process involved in preparing the Voluntary Guidelines, the significance of this endorsement, and next steps.

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11 May 12
VOLUNTARY GUIDELINES ON THE RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE OF TENURE OF LAND, FISHERIES AND FORESTS
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On 11 May 2012 the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) officially endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. Voluntary Guidelines on the governance of tenure were prepared through intergovernmental negotiations. They set out principles and internationally accepted standards for responsible practices.

 

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19 Apr 12
Good Environmental Practices in Bioenergy Feedstock Production
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In order to ensure that modern bioenergy development is sustainable and that it safeguards food security, a number of good practices can be implemented throughout the bioenergy supply chain. Building on FAO's work on good practices in agriculture and forestry, the FAO's Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators project has compiled a set of good environmental practices that can be implemented by bioenergy feedstock producers so as to minimize the risk of negative environmental impacts from their operations, and to ensure that modern bioenergy delivers on its climate change mitigation potential. These practices can improve both the efficiency and sustainability in the use of land, water and agricultural inputs for bioenergy production, with positive environmental and socio-economic effects, including a reduction in the potential competition with food production. These practices can also minimize the impacts of bioenergy feedstock production on biodiversity and ecosystems, which provide a range of goods and services that are key for food security.

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18 Apr 12
Smallholders in Global Bioenergy Value Chains and Certification: Evidence from three case studies
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Over the last few years, there has been growing interest in bioenergy, due in part to its potential for rural development and climate change mitigation, and as an energy alternative given the high price of oil. At the same time, concerns regarding the potential negative impacts of bioenergy have also grown and have led to the development of a range of voluntary standards aimed at ensuring the sustainability of bioenergy production. While one of the goals of voluntary standards is to enhance the sustainability of bioenergy production including from a socio-economic perspective they might also present a disincentive for incorporating smallholders in value chains, due to greater cost and complexity. FAO's Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators project conducted three case studies to examine the opportunities and challenges for smallholders presented by: 1) bioenergy as a new type of value chain, and by 2) bioenergy certification schemes.

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29 Feb 12
COLLABORATION BETWEEN FAO, THE GOVERNMENT OF ITALY AND THE NILE BASIN COUNTRIES
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Since 1996, FAO and the Government of Italy have been collaborating on an ambitious project along the basin of the world’s longest river. The “Information products for the Nile Basin Water Resource Management” was the sum total of three consecutive projects carried out with ten countries in the Nile Basin. In October 2011, the project officially concluded and was handed over to the Nile Basin Initiative, an intergovernmental organization created in 1999 and headquartered in Entebbe, Uganda. A video about the successes and lessons learned during the Nile basin project is also available on-line.

 

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29 Feb 12
Natural Resources and Environment newsletter
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In this issue of the NR Newsletter, we welcome 2012 as the UN-declared International Year of Energy for All, an opportunity to concentrate global attention on the challenges facing both developed and developing countries when addressing access to and efficient use of sustainable energy sources. We also take a look at an interesting land tenure project that aims to bring advanced technology land registration systems to developing countries, through low-cost open-source software. And finally, we review lessons learned and major achievements of a successful transboundary water management project in the Nile Basin.

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