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Governance of ecosystem services: lessons learned from Cameroon, China, Costa Rica and Ecuador

This study describes existing legal and institutional frameworks for governance of ecosystem services, including the specific legal and policy instruments used directly or indirectly to govern the provision of ecosystem services, as they are found in four countries: Cameroon, China, Costa Rica and Ecuador.

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Law, policy and dryland ecosystems in the People’s Republic of China

This report summarizes the numerous activities implemented and documents prepared by national and local-level expert groups, and presents valuable lessons learned. It will provide an excellent reference for all stakeholders involved in the development of legal and policy frameworks to combat land degradation.

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Faune et flore du Parc National d'Al Hoceima

Ce guide a pour objectif de faire connaître aux visiteurs du Parc National d'Al Hoceima (PNAH) la diversité faunistique et floristique, à travers la présentation d’un peu plus de 80 espèces, communes ou emblématiques de la zone du Parc et dont certaines comptent parmi les espèces en danger ou menacées d’extinction.


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Visualizing sustainable landscapes: understanding and negotiating conservation and development trade-offs using visual techniques

The aim of this manual is to strengthen the community of practitioners who are using an innovative range of visual techniques in dealing with conservation and development situations. Visualization techniques are used to compare visions of stakeholders and to negotiate trade-offs through comparing these visions. Different visualization techniques are already widely used and several of these are discussed in this manual.


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Dryland opportunities: a new paradigm for people, ecosystems and developmentaction plan

The urgency of an international response to climate change has given a new place to drylands in terms both of their vulnerability to predicted climate change impacts and their potential contribution to climate change mitigation. A new dryland paradigm is built on the resources and capacities of dryland peoples, on new and emergent economic opportunities, on inward investment, and on the best support that dryland science can offer.

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Dryland opportunities : a new paradigm for people, ecosystems and development

Payments for ecosystem services: legal and institutional frameworks

Analysis and engagement with partners working on ecosystem services transactions, policies and laws have demonstrated a clear need to better understand the legal and institutional frameworks that have the potential to promote or hinder the development of payments for ecosystem services schemes, as well as the complex legal considerations that affect ecosystem services projects.

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EPLP No. 78

Important plant areas of the south and east Mediterranean region: priority sites for conservation

Ten recommendations have been developed to help direct the conservation of wild plants in the Mediterranean. Successful implementation of these will secure a sustainable future for the environment and inhabitants of this unique region; failure will condemn both to a poverty of natural resources and little or no resilience in the face of profound changes in climate.


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Important Plant Areas of the south and east Mediterranean region: priority sites for conservation’ (eds E. A. Radford, G. Catullo and B. de Montmollin)

Protected landscapes and agrobiodiversity values

Category V protected areas are lived-in, working landscapesand they provide a potential mechanism for conserving agrobiodiversity. Through the use of case studies, this book seeks to determine the value of these protected areas in the conservation of agrobiodiversity, and what lessons can be learnt from experience in this regard.


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Protected Landscapes and Agrobiodiversity Values

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