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Regional gender equality strategy for the Near East and North Africa 2017-2020

This Regional Gender Strategy is designed to enable FAO RNE officers and country officers in the region as well as development practitioners to respond to current regional priorities. As a complement to the FAO Gender Equality Policy, the regional gender strategy will promote coherence and improve efficiency of gender-sensitive programming. The strategy supports the development of easy and efficient approaches and methodologies to adequately address the needs of the different stakeholders and specific groups, particularly the most invisible and under-considered ones among women, men, youth as well as understand the different interactions or synergies. It is aligned with global FAO priorities and their incorporation of gender equality as a cross-cutting theme.

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Unasylva: XIV World Forestry Congress. No. 247/248. Vol. 67 2016/2-3


Forests are essential to life on our planet, to mitigating and adapting to climate change, ensuring adequate supply of fresh water, enhancing biodiversity and providing sustainable incomes and livelihoods, including food security. But they face unprecedented and unrelenting pressures. This issue includes a broad selection of the best papers submitted to the XIV World Forestry Congress (Durban, September 2015), as well as an overview of the Congress’s ambitious agenda and outcomes.

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FAO-OIV Focus 2016 Table and Dried Grapes: Non-alcoholic products of the vitivinicultural sector intended for human consumption

This report is a collaboration between the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It analyses the global market of grapes for direct human consumption (specifically for table and dried grapes). It presents the latest data on market size, consumption, domestic production, exports and imports since 2000.

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Review of the development of the rice industry in Fiji

This publication reviews the progress of the rice industry in Fiji. The report includes findings and results of a mission which took place in September 2016. It offers feasible options for promoting the development and revitalzation of the rice industry which will assist food security by alleviating dependance on rice imports.

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The Bucharest Declaration on Black Sea Cooperation

Outcomes of the High-level Conference towards enhanced cooperation on Black Sea Fisheries and Aquaculture (Bucharest, Romania, 25 October 2016)

For the first time in the region, this declaration marks a strong political commitment to adopt a common and collaborative approach to promote the rational exploitation of marine living resources and sustainable aquaculture development, to fight against illegal practices and to mitigate threats to the marine environment. 

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Review and analysis of international legal and policy instruments related to deep-sea fisheries and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ

The purpose of this document is to identify the range of instruments that are relevant to deep-sea fishing and its impacts on marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, with a view to providing advice to states on what steps may be necessary to implement these ienstruments at the national level. The document is specifically targeted to government offcials who wish to familiarize themselves with the international instruments related to deep-sea fishing and its impacts on marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, as of January 2017.

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Case study on the use of Information and Communication Technology in the management of rural groundwater in China

The objective of this case study is to understand the application of ICT technologies for rural groundwater management in China, and it’s impacts on the rural poor. This will help understand the physical and policy context this technology is being applied and expanded, its impact on resource management, and changes in water delivery service to farmers. These understanding will help improve this technology and provide data and information for its replication in other parts of Asia. It will also help understand the capabilities of the ICT within the water sector applications.

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Guide for planning, construction and maintenance of forest roads

The first part of the Manual introduces the main steps of forest road network planning and gives guidance on road construction under different site conditions. It demonstrates good practices to minimize the area used for building purposes, to keep the environmental impact as low as possible and to maintain forest productivity. It describes the machinery suitable for the different construction phases and compares the advantages of machine types. The second part of the Manual introduces the goals and best practices of regular forest road maintenance which is a key operation that enables multi-purpose use of forests. It gives an overview on the main causes of forest road degradation and explains the different maintenance regimes and maintenance activities.

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Supporting low emissions development in the Ethiopian dairy cattle sector

This publication is intended to contribute to the implementation of the livestock and climate change development agenda. The study evaluates the potential for improving productivity while reducing enteric methane emission intensity from dairy production systems in Ethiopia. The overall objective of this study is to support Ethiopia in identifying low-cost strategies to reduce enteric CH4 emissions while contributing to Ethiopia’s short-and long-term social and economic development and increasing resilience to climate change.

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Living in and from the forests of Central Africa

Living in and from the forests of Central Africa is intended first and foremost as a full-scale extension tool concerning NWFPs in Central Africa. It is a work on the groups who have always lived in these forests, forests that contribute to every aspect of their daily lives, both material and spiritual, and enable them to survive even in periods of extreme crisis.

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Integrated Pest Management of major pest and diseases in Eastern Europe and Caucasus

This book promotes Integrated Pest Management, to contribute to reduced reliance on pesticides and the avoidance of adverse impacts from pesticide use on the health and safety of farming communities, consumers and the environment. Through the IPM approach, technical advice is provided to help plan methods and measures to control major pests and diseases occurring or expected to occur in the countries of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. The specific descriptions contain a short summary of the biology of the species, completed with information on methods and tools of monitoring and control. Preventive control methods are also discussed.

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