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A
AADISAquatic Animal Diversity Information System
AEI Agri-Environmental Indicators
AEP Agri-Environmental Policies
AEZ Agro-Ecological Zone
ALCOM Aquatic Resource Management for Local Communities
ARTEMIS Advanced Real-Time Environmental Monitoring Information System
ASEAN Association of South East Asian Nations
AVHRR Advance Very High Resolution Radiometer
  
B
BNFBiological Nitrogen Fixation
  
C
CABI International Center for Agriculture and Biosciences
CAC Codex Alimentarius Commission
CAP Common Agricultural Policy
CAPRI CGIAR system-wide initiative on collective action and property rights
CBD Convention on Biological Diversity
CCD Cold Cloud Duration
CCD Convention to Combat Desertification
CDM Clean Development Mechanism
CEE Central and Eastern Europe
CEOS Committee on Earth Observation Satellites
CGIAR Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
CGRFA Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture
CIFOR Centre for International Forestry Research
CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
CGIAR-SLP CGIAR system-wide livestock programme
CLASP Conservation of Lands in Asia and the Pacific
COP Conference of Parties
CORTALC Conservacion y Rehabilitacion de Tierra en America Latina y el Caribe
CSD Commission on Sustainable Development
  
D
DAD-IS Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (FAO)
DEM Digital Elevation Model
DIAS Database on Introductions of Aquatic Species (FAO)
DIS Data and Information System
DLT Digital Linear Tape
DVD Digital Versatile Disk
  
E
ECLO FAO Emergency Centre for Locust Operations
ECP/GR European Cooperative Programme for Genetic Resources
EEA European Environment Agency
EEAP European Association for Animal Production
EEP Environmental Economics Programme (IIED)
EIA Environmental Impact Assessment
ESA European Space Agency
EVRI Environmental Valuation Reference Inventory (Canada)
EU European Union
  
F
FARM Farmer-centred Agricultural Resource Management (FAO)
FARMESA Farmer-centred Agricultural Resource Management Programme in Eastern and Southern Africa
FCCS Fertility Capability Classification System (FAO)
FEWS Famine and Early Warning System (USAID)
FFS Farmer Field Schools (FAO)
FIGIS Fishery Global Information System
FRA Forest Resources Assessment (FAO)
FSD Farming Systems Development
  
G
GAC Global Area Coverage (NOAA-AVHRR)
GCOS Global Climate Observing System
GEF Global Environment Facility
GHG Greenhouse Gases
GHOST Global Hierarchical Observing Strategy
GIEWS Global Information and Early Warning System (FAO)
GIS Geographic Information System
GISP Global Invasive Species Programme
GLASOD Global Assessment of the Status of Human Induced Soil Degradation(FAO)
GOFC Global Observations of Forest Cover (GTOS)
GOOS Global Ocean Observing System
GOS Global Observing System
GPA/LBS Global Plan of Action on Land-Based Sources of marine pollution
GPA/PGR Global Plan of Action for the conservation and sustainable use of Plant Genetic Resources for food and agriculture
GPPIS Global Plant Protection Information System (FAO)
GRAIN Genetic Resources Action Network
GRIN Genetic Resources Information Network (USA)
GS/AnGR Global Strategy for the management of farm Animal Genetic Resources
GSFC Goddard Space Flight Centre
GT-N Global Terrestrial Observing Network
GTOS Global Terrestrial Observing System
  
H
HRPT High Resolution Picture Transmission (NOAA-AVHRR)
HTML HyperText Markup Language
  
I
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency
IARCs international agricultural research centres
IBIN Indigenous Peoples Biodiversity Information Network
ICAM Integrated Coastal Area Management
ICARDA International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas
ICES International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
ICIPE International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
ICLARM International Center for Living Aquatic Resources
ICRAF International Centre for Research on Agroforestry
ICRISAT International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics
ICSU International Council for Science
ICUC International Center for Underutilized Crops
IDA Image Display and Analysis
IDRC International Development Research Centre
IEA International Energy Agency
IFA International Fertilizer Association
IFAD International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFDC International Fertilizer Development Center
IFOAM International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
IGAD Intergovernmental Authority on Development
IGBP International Geosphere Biosphere Programme
IGOS Integrated Global Observing Strategy
IIASA International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
IIED International Institute for Environment and Development
IIRR International Institute for Rural Reconstruction
IISD International Institute for Sustainable Development
ILRI International Livestock Research Institute
ILTER International Long-Term Ecological Research
IM Integrated Monitoring
INGA International Network of Genetics in Aquaculture
IPBN Indigenous People's Biodiversity Network
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
IPGRI International Plant Genetic Resources Institute
IPI International Pollinator Initiative
IPM integrated pest management
IPPC International Plant Protection Convention
IPR Intellectual property rights
IRRI International Rice Research Institute
ISCRAL International Scheme for the Conservation and Rehabilitation of African Lands
ISRIC International Soil Reference and Information Center
ITDG Intermediate Technology Development Group
IUBS International Union of Biological Sciences
IUCN World Conservation Union
IUFRO International Union of Forestry Research Organizationsv
IU-PGRFA International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
IWMI International Water Management Institute
  
J
JECFA Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives
JI Joint Implementation
  
L
LAN Local Area Network
LAC NOAA-AVHRR Local Area Coverage
LCCS Land Cover Classification System
LAI Leaf Area Index
LinKS Gender, Biological Diversity and Local Knowledge Systems
  
M
MAB Man and the Biosphere programme (UNESCO)
MBC Mesoamerican Biological Corridor
MERCOSUR Mercado Común del Sur (Southern Common Market)
METEOSAT Meteorological Satellite
MIRCENs Microbial Resources Centres Network in environmental, applied microbiological and biotechnological research
  
N
NARS National Agricultural Research Station
NBSAP National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NDVI Normalized Difference Vegetation Index
NLR National Aerospace Laboratory of The Netherlands
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NEAP National Environmental Action Plan
NGO Non-Governmental Organization
NPP Net Primary Productivity
NWFP Non-Wood Forest Product
  
O
OA Organic Agriculture
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OIE International Office of Epizootics
OLADE Latin American Energy Organization
  
P
PC Personal computer
PDUS Primary Data User Station (METEOSAT)
PLEC People, Land management and Environmental Change (UNU)
PGRFA Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
PEBLDS Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (Council of Europe)
PIC Prior Informed Consent
  
Q
QTL Quantitative Trait Loci
  
R
REFORGEN World-wide Information System on Forest Genetic Resources (FAO)
RRSU Regional Remote Sensing Unit (SADC)
  
S
SADC Southern African Development Community
SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar
SARD Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
SBSTTA Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
SCOPE Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment
SEARICE South East Asia Regional Institute for Community Education
SFI Soil Fertility Initiative
SGRP System-wide Genetic Resources Programme (CGIAR)
SIDS Small Island Developing States
SIFAR Support Unit for International Fisheries and Aquatic Research(FAO/ICLARM)
SINGER System-wide Information Network on Genetic Resources (CGIAR)
SRISTI Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions
SPS Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
SUB Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (IDRC)
SWIM System-Wide Initiative on water Management (CGIAR)
SWNM Soil, Water, and Nutrient Management (CGIAR)
  
T
TBT Technical Barriers to Trade
TEMS Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring Sites metadatabase (GTOS)
TOPC Terrestrial Observation Panel on Climate (GTOS)
TM Thematic Mapper
TRAFFIC Wildlife Trade Monitoring (WWF and IUCN)
TRIPs Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
TSBF Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility
  
U
UNCCD United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
UNCED United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
UNDESA United Nations Department for Social and Economic Affairs
UNDP United Nations Development Programme
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNU United Nations University
URA Uruguay Round Agreements
USAID United States Agency for International Development
  
W
WCMC World Conservation Monitoring Centre
WCRP World Climate Research Programme
WEC World Energy Council
WHO World Health Organization
WIEWS World Information and Early Warning System (FAO)
WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WOCAT World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies
WRI World Resources Institute
WTO World Trade Organization
WWF World-Wide Fund for Nature
WWL-DAD World Watch List for Domestic Animal Diversity
WWW World Wide Web


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