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    FAO-Adapt: Framework Programme on Climate Change Adaptation 2011
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    This document is the outcome of a collaborative effort across FAO involving headquarters, technical departments and regional, subregional and liaison offices. It was coordinated by the adaptation subgroup of FAO’s Inter-Departmental Working Group on Climate Change (IDWG-CC). We sincerely wish to thank all FAO colleagues involved for their commitment, technical contributions and stimulating debates. In particular, we would like to thank the departmental and regional focal points for cli mate change for the coordination within their respective units, Kaisa Karttunen for the technical consolidation of the document, and the co-chairs of the adaptation subgroup, Stephan Baas and Doris Soto, who facilitated the participatory dialogue for the development of FAO-Adapt throughout FAO.
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    Report of the Expert Consultation to Develop an FAO Evaluation Framework to Assess the Conformity of Public and Private Ecolabelling Schemes with the FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries. Rome, 24 2011
    The FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries, originally adopted by the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in 2005, were adopted in revised form by the Twenty-eighth Session of COFI in 2009. Following two Expert Consultations held in 2006 and 2008, a third Expert Consultation convened in May 2010 completed the draft Guidelines for the ecolabelling of fish and fishery products from inland capture fisheries for consideration by COFI in Jan uary–February 2011. Following discussion in both COFI and the Sub-Committee on Fish Trade of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI:FT) relating to checking claims of compliance of ecolabelling schemes with the FAO Guidelines on ecolabelling of fish and fishery products, the Twenty-eighth Session of COFI requested the Secretariat to present a proposal to address this issue to COFI:FT. The Secretariat prepared and presented a document outlining various options for assessing the conformity of ecolabelling schemes with the FAO Guidelines to the Twelfth Session of COFI:FT. The Twelfth Session of COFI:FT agreed that, as a first step, the FAO Secretariat should convene an Expert Consultation to develop an FAO evaluation framework to assess the conformity of public and private ecolabelling schemes with the FAO Guidelines for the ecolabelling of fish and fishery products from marine capture fisheries. The Expert Consultation was convened in response to this decision. COFI:FT al so noted that it would be beneficial to develop a similar evaluation framework to assess the conformity of ecolabelling schemes with the FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Inland Fisheries after their adoption. Moreover, as these draft Guidelines follow very closely the marine Guidelines, the Expert Consultation also considered additional criteria relating specifically to the inland fisheries Guidelines. In the event of COFI adopting the Inland Guidelin es, an evaluation framework for ecolabelling schemes certifying fish and fishery products from inland fisheries could readily be produced. The Expert Consultation considered a number of issues relating to the Guidelines and the Evaluation Framework. Inter alia, it noted that the Guidelines, and therefore the draft Evaluation Framework, relate only to the biological sustainability of fishery resources and not to other aspects that might have an impact on sustainability. Also noted wer e the many commonalities between the Marine Ecolabelling Guidelines and the draft Inland Ecolabelling Guidelines, and that the major difference between them relates to the consideration of enhancement and the use of introduced and/or translocated species in the draft Inland Guidelines. The Expert Consultation noted that in both sets of Guidelines there is insufficient attention given to the chain of custody. The respective responsibilities of States and ecolabelling schemes in relation to assistance to developing countries was also discussed. The draft Evaluation Framework is provided in Appendix D with an explanation of the approach in the body of this report.
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    Assessing forest degradation
    Towards the development of globally applicable guidelines
    2011
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    The preparation of “Assessing forest degradation – towards the development of globally applicable guidelines” represents a joint effort of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) undertaken under the umbrella of the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment (FAO,2010). FAO gratefully acknowledges the financial and in-kind contributions to this work made by CPF partners. Thanks go to all who have contributed to the development of this work: to those who provided answers to the initial qu estionnaires, to the authors of the 20 case studies, and to the authors and experts who contributed to technical meetings. A special thanks go to the authors of the chapters that describe key criteria for measuring forest degradation and to Victoria Heymell who saw the task through many arduous steps. Thanks also go to Mette Løyche Wilkie, Emma Foti, Marisalee Palermo and the rest of the FRA team in FAO for providing advice, guidance and assistance along the way and to Alastair Sarre who did the final editing.

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