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Posted 28 May 1998

Resources: Natural Resource and Environmental Management (NREM) for food security

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Land Quality Indicators (LQI) Program

The LQI program is an international initiative to monitor changes which have an impact on the sustainability of land resources in managed ecosystems. It is one of several important responses to the major challenges put forward by UNCED in Agenda 21. The program is being initiated through a coalition of international agencies including the World Bank, FAO, UNDP and UNEP, and the participation of other concerned partners is being actively encouraged.

LQIs are needed to address major land-related issues of national and global significance, such as land use pressures, land degradation, and soil and water conservation, as well as policy related questions on sustainable land management. Once developed and harmonized through international scientific protocols, LQIs will be used for policy and program formulation for district, national and global assessment, environmental impact monitoring, and to promote technologies, policies and programs to ensure better use of natural resources and sustainable land management.

For further information, go to:

Land quality indicators and their use in sustainable agriculture and rural development

Prepared under the LQI programme, this report includes the papers which were presented to a workshop convened in FAO Headquarters, Rome from 25-26 January 1996. It provides a useful compilation of advice, experience and opinion on why land quality information is important for sustainable development and how it can be used more effectively for planning and decision making.

To obtain a copy of this publication, contact: Mr. J. Tschirley, Senior Officer, Environment and Natural Resources Service, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 01000 Rome, Italy; e-mail:

UNESCO's Programmes in Environmental and Sustainable Development

There can be no sustainable development without appropriate scientific backing. For most of today's environmental and development issues, the sciences are essential for detecting and analyzing problems, identifying solutions and ensuring scientifically sound policies and actions. UNESCO's scientific co-operation programmes cover all the major components of the Earth system (oceans, terrestrial ecosystems, freshwater and the lithosphere) with the exception of the atmosphere.

UNESCO's major environmental and sustainable development programmes include: Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), International Hydrological Programme (IHP), International Geological Correlation Programme (IGCP), World Solar Programme 1996-2005, Coasts and Small Islands Project (CSI), Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST), and World Heritage Convention

For further information on these programmes, UNESCO's Website provides a wealth of information and links to other related materials and sites. Or contact, the Bureau for Co-ordination of Environmental Programmes, UNESCO, 1 Rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cédex 15, France; fax: 33 1 45 68 58 11; e-mail:

Environment and Development in Turkey

UN Agencies working in Turkey (UN, ENDP, FAO, UNICEF, UNIDO, ILO, WHO, UNIC, WFP, UNDCP, IFAD, UNFPA, IBRD, UNHCR) have created an interesting Web site providing up-to-date information on their programmes and activities and links to other sites at

Go to to find information on the "National Programme for Environmental Institutional Building and Management in Turkey". This UNDP cooperation programme with the Turkish Government aims to assist the Government in the implementation of the decisions of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro.

Environmental Management in Uganda

In Uganda, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is the main agency responsible for the management of the environment. Its principal goal is to create and establish an efficient institutional mechanism for environmental management so as to promote and ensure sound environmental planning and integration of environmental concerns into the national socio-economic development planning process.

For information about NEMA's activities and access to several useful documents including the State of Environment Report for Uganda, contact: the National Environment Management Authority, P.O. Box 22255, Kampala, Uganda; Fax: 256-41-257521/232680; E-mail: or go to

Environmental Impact Guidelines

Published by the FAO Investment Centre in June 1997, the Environmental Impact Guidelines illustrate how on-line resources, such as agricultural library databases, environmental and development databases, are useful for agricultural project evaluation. In addition, they discuss ways to find and organize information effectively and provide useful tips on searching databases and making the best use of on-line search results.

Two complementary sets of Guidelines will soon be published as part of this series: "Guidelines on environment assessment in formulation of agricultural investment projects"; and "Guidelines on non-point sources of pollution in agriculture investment projects"

To obtain a copy of these Guidelines, contact: Random DuBois, Senior Environment Officer, FAO Investment Center, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 01000 Rome, Italy; e-mail:; or visit the Investment Centre's Web site at: ../../../../waicent/faoinfo/tcd/tci/tci.htm

"Human Nature": Agricultural Biodiversity and Farm-based Food Security

FAO commissioned the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), an international non-governmental organization to prepare this independent study (December 1997). It provides an introduction to the topic of agricultural biodiversity and includes short chapters which assess the current situation for each major sector: crop genetic resources; farm animal diversity; fish and acquatic life; forests; soil biodiversity and microbiobial genetic resources. It concludes with a discussion of outstanding policy issues which must be addressed by policy-makers and global civil society on the eve of the new millennium.

The full publication is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) on the RAFI Website at: or by e-mail:

Global Environment Information Center (GEIC)

Established in 1996, GEIC is an innovative Internet based environmental information centre which is jointly run by the United Nations University and the Japan Environmental Agency. GIEC seeks to find ways in which the Internet may be useful to people in contemplating environmental issues. It provides access to a number of useful tools and databases related to the environment and sustainable development, including THINKBASE ( THINKBASE is a tool for environmental research and resources that "packages" information related to the environment for people who want the web to work for them.

Farmer-centered Agricultural Resource Management Programme (FARM)

The Farm Programme emerged following the Earth Summit to support implementation of Agenda 21, in particular the sustainable use and management of agricultural resources. FARM is a regional programme operating in China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. It is supported by UNDP and implemented by FAO and UNIDO.

FARM produces a newsletter and bulletins such as the recent bulletin (January 1998) on integrated soil management in China. Go to to obtain further information on FARM; or contact the FARM Programme, FAO-RAP, Maliwan Mansion, 39 Phra Atit Road, Banglumpoo, Bangkok 10200, Thailand; e-mail:

Water Resources Development Management in FAO

Water management and irrigation play a significant role in achieving food security in many countries. The mission of the Water Resources Development Management Service (AGLW) in FAO is to promote efficient use and conservation of water resources to achieve food security and sustainable agriculture and rural development.

For further information about AGLW's activities, as well as on-line access to statistics, software and training materials, the AGL Electronic Newsletter and other documents, go to ../../../../waicent/faoInfo/agricult/agl/aglw/aglw.htm. Or contact: Mr. Hans W. Wolter, Chief, AGLW, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 01000 Rome, Italy; e-mail:

Meetings related to Sustainable Development and Environment, 1998-1999

Go to ../../../../waicent/faoinfo/Sustdev/EPdirect/EPhomepg.htm to access a useful and regularly updated list of meetings related to Sustainable Development and Environment which are scheduled for 1998 to 1999. Or contact: Mr J. Tschirley, FAO/SDRN, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy; e-mail: for further information.

Community Forestry: A Strategy for Sustainable Rural and Forestry Development

Community forestry as a strategy for sustainable rural and forestry development has emerged from the recognition that the needs of communities dependent on forest resources must be linked to the conservation of these resources. If forest management is to be effective the role of local communities in managing the forests has to be recognized.

Go to ../../../../waicent/faoinfo/forestry/ftpp/default.htm to find out more about the community forestry programme at FAO including their recent publications and training materials. Or contact the Senior Community Forestry Officer, Forestry Policy and Planning Division, Forestry Department, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome 00100, Italy; fax: 39-6-5705 5514; e-mail:


Sustainable Development Dimensions, the Internet site of the Sustainable Development Department of FAO, provides access to a large number of interesting and useful materials related to environmental information, environmental policy, planning and management, and energy for development. Recent "specials" have covered: Geographic Information Systems; global climate maps; and agrometeorological crop forecasting. Go to: ../../../../sd.

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