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Growing greener cities in Latin America and the Caribbean

An FAO report on urban and peri-urban agriculture in the region









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    Growing greener cities in Africa
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    African policymakers need to act now to steer urbanization from its current, unsustainable path toward healthy, greener cities that ensure food and nutrition security, decent work and income, and a clean environment for all their citizens. This report highlights a key component of sustainable urban development: urban and peri-urban horticulture (UPH). Based on an Africa-wide survey and on case studies prepared by national experts, the report reviews the current state of UPH in coun tries across the continent, from Algeria to Zambia, and in cities from Nairobi to Dakar. It presents major findings, detailed profiles of urban and peri-urban horticulture in 22 countries, and recommendations for the development of market gardens to serve Africa’s rapidly growing urban population.
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    Report of the workshop on fisheries other effective area-based conservation measures in Latin America and the Caribbean, 27–29 March 2023 2024
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    In view of the importance of other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) for biodiversity, and the need to improve individual countries’ capacity to report fisheries-related OECMs and understand how the fisheries sector contributes to current and future area-based biodiversity conservation objectives, FAO has been carrying out a series of activities to support countries to identify and implement OECMs. These activities include the organization of workshops and the development of practical guidance, as requested by FAO’s Committee on Fisheries (COFI). With the support of the Organización del Sector Pesquero y Acuícola del Istmo Centroamericano (Organization of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus [OSPECA]), FAO organized the workshop on other effective area-based conservation measures in fisheries-related areas in Latin America and the Caribbean. The workshop was held on 27–28 March 2023 in the city of San José, Costa Rica. This workshop supported Member Countries of the Commission for Small-scale and Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture of Latin America and the Caribbean (COPPESAALC), as well as regional and national fisheries-related organizations in the Latin American and Caribbean regions to:(i) apply CBD criteria for the identification of OECMs;(ii) understand the challenges, opportunities and needs that arise in the identification of fisheries‑related OECMs; and(iii) synthesize lessons learned and obtain recommendations.To achieve these objectives, topics discussed included: concepts and criteria for the identification, evaluation and reporting of OECMs; examples of OECMs in the world; conservation strategies in Latin America and the potential contribution of OECMs to these; the framework for fisheries governance and area-based management in Latin America; Argentina’s progress in recognizing OECMs; and the presentation of four case studies carried out in Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico. The workshop enabled extensive exchanges on the difficulties of interpreting the concepts and criteria for the identification, evaluation, and reporting of OECMs, as well as the key points, challenges, and difficulties in analysing and considering potential OECMs.
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    Growing Greener Cities in the Democratic Republic of Congo 2010
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    How a project for development of urban and peri-urban horticulture in five cities is helping togrow 150 000 tonnes of vegetables a year supply fresh, nutritious produce to 11.5 millionurban residents, build sustainable livelihoods for 16 000 small-scale market gardeners generate jobs and income for 60 000 people in the horticulture value chain.

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