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Conducting farm-based trainings on how to enhance on-farm ecosystem services










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    Protocol to detect and monitor pollinator communities: Guidance for practitioners 2016
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    This publication provides guidance on using a common methodology for monitoring pollinator diversity and abundance, as part of the GEF supported Project “Conservation and Management of Pollinators for Sustainable Agriculture, through an Ecosystem Approach” implemented in seven countries - Brazil, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan and South Africa. The project is coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO ) with implementation support from the United Nation s Environment Programme (UNEP).
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    Rapid assessment of pollinators'status
    A contribution to the international initiative for the conservation and sustainable use of pollinators
    2008
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    Every continent has reports of pollinator declines in at least one region/ country. The losses of pollination services have been well documented in many specifi c instances; what remains lacking are global assessments of changes in the distribution and levels of pollination services. As the recognized drivers of pollinator losses (changing land-use patterns, pesticide use, diseases, invasive species and climate change) are themselves changing in intensity, the global community is jus tifi ed in taking note and determining the actions that will conserve pollinators. The insidious nature of the loss of ecosystem services- by slow erosion rather than cataclysmic events- demands careful monitoring. Pollinators provide essential services to humans. In several instances, impressive documentation of the market and non-market values derived from pollination services has been made. Despite this, the economic valuation of pollination services has a number of challenges to overcome, many stemming from the gaps in understanding of the actual contribution of pollination to crop production. Developing sound management plans for pollinators will hinge on good taxonomic support. Linked to the taxonomic information about species is other information on biological characteristics (including fl oral relationships and ecological linkages) that are important for adaptive management. New approaches to managing pollinator information should help to overcome the taxonomic impediment, although the focus at present has been on bees, and not on other key pollinator groups.
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    Ecological intensification in EU agriculture 2017
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    FAO, in collaboration with the research partner organizations under project EU FP7 LIBERATION, has developed a policy brief on ecological intensification across different European farming landscapes. Ecological intensification is an approach to agricultural production that aims to match or increase yields while minimizing negative impacts on the environment and on agricultural productivity, by integrating the management of ecosystem services delivered by biodiversity into production systems.

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