Publication

GSP Newsletter Recounts Soil Achievements in 2015 [viewed]

fao_gsp_iys4 January 2016: The eighth edition of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Global Soil Partnership (GSP) newsletter reviews major developments on the international soil agenda in 2015, including the adoption of land- and soil-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets, and the conclusion of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, which was marked by more than 600 events around the world. The newsletter highlights several new initiatives to keep soils on the global agenda in 2016, including the proposed establishment of a World Soil Prize to be announced on 5 December, which is World Soil Day.

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Governance of Tenure Newsletter Highlights Civil Society Implementation of Voluntary Guidelines [viewed]

fao_headquartersDecember 2015: The December 2015 edition of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Governance of Tenure newsletter features a discussion of a training programme for civil society organizations (CSOs) to enhance their use of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Voluntary Guidelines). Launched in 2014 and co-implemented by FAO and FIAN International, with financial support from Belgium, the programme has developed and tested a modular framework to enhance the capacities of CSOs in Guatemala, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Senegal and South Africa.

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Global Soil Partnership Outlines Mitigation Potential of Soil Organic Carbon [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)15 December 2015: The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has released a briefing paper on the role of soil organic carbon (SOC) in offsetting climate change. The paper reviews recent research on SOC and concludes that actions to reverse the loss of soil organic matter could be one of the most effective tools to mitigate climate change.

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FAO Expert Workshop Agrees to Develop Methodology to Estimate IUU Globally [viewed]

fao_headquartersDecember 2015: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is one of the greatest threats to aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity and undermines regional and national efforts to sustainably manage fisheries, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). However, global data on the characteristics and magnitude of IUU fishing have not been updated since 2003. Consequently, FAO convened an Expert Workshop to consider approaches for developing a methodology to estimate IUU fishing globally.

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Mountain Day Focuses on Mountain Products; Launches Reports on Food Insecurity and Adaptation [viewed]

mountain_international_day11 December 2015: International Mountain Day (IMD) took place under the theme ‘promoting mountain products,' with the aim of highlighting the potential of mountain products and services to contribute to livelihoods and sustainable employment in mountain areas. The Day highlighted opportunities for growth, such as the production of high quality, high value products like fair trade, organic cocoa, coffee, herbs, honey, spices and other niche market products, and underscored constraints in mountain development, especially with regard to food insecurity and climate change.

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Atlas Predicts Climate Impacts in Five Asian River Basins [viewed]

ICIMOD11 December 2015: Three international scientific research agencies have published an atlas describing the impacts of climate change in five Asian river basins. Commemorating International Mountains Day (IMD), the publication, titled ‘The Himalayan Climate and Water Atlas: Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in Five of Asia's Major River Basins,' was launched at a side event to the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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FAO, ITTO Publications Highlight Forest Restoration Needs and Experiences [viewed]

fao_itto9 December 2015: Two publications presented at the Global Landscapes Forum, the latest issue of Unasylva, the forestry journal of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and an assessment of the Guidelines of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) for the Restoration, Management and Rehabilitation of Degraded Secondary Tropical Forests aim to shed light on the factors contributing to successful forest and landscape restoration and management.

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IFPRI Publishes Book on Economics of Land Degradation [viewed]

IfpriDecember 2015: A US$1 investment in the restoration of degraded land returns US$5, a study published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) highlights. The book, titled ‘Economics of land degradation and improvement: A global assessment for sustainable development,' notes that the annual global cost of land degradation due to land use and cover change (LUCC) and lower cropland and rangeland productivity is estimated to be about US$300 billion, with Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) accounting for the largest share (22%) of the total global cost of land degradation.

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GLF Highlights Climate-related Land-Use Issues and Research [viewed]

glf_paris7 December 2015: The 2015 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) gathered more than 3,000 people to discuss priority issues including land restoration, financing for sustainable landscapes and strengthening the role of indigenous peoples and local communities in land-related decision-making. Several publications were launched in concert with the Forum, which convened from 5-6 December 2015, on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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IFAD Report Discusses Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers in Adaptation Planning [viewed]

IFAD7 December 2015: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released a report outlining approaches to support the participation of smallholder farmers in the development and implementation of climate change adaptation policies. Based on case studies illustrating IFAD's approach to policy engagement, the report concludes that interventions such as producing and communicating evidence, strengthening decision-making institutions, fostering dialogue among stakeholders, and supporting engagement at all levels of decision making, are essential to ensure the realization smallholder farmers' adaptation priorities.

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