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GLOBAL SOIL PARTNERSHIP TECHNICAL REPORT: State of the Art Report on Global and Regional Soil Information: Where are we? Where to go? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 April 2013 03:11

http://www.fao.org/docrep/017/i3161e/i3161e.pdf

This document reviews the present availability of soil information from legacy maps and reports and from ongoing Digital Soil Mapping efforts. The review work presented in this document came from various resources: regional meetings, technical reports, books, journal articles, organization and personal websites, etc.

The information on national soil data comes from regional workshops in which national experts presented the status of soil information in their countries.

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Catalogue of Knowledge Management (KM) and Decision Support (DS) methods, tools and products on Sustainable Land and Water Management (SLM) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 April 2013 03:04

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This catalogue was prepared in the context of the User Needs Survey on Sustainable Land and Water Management (SLM) launched in March 2013. It summarizes the key KM and DS methods, tools and products on SLM, produced over the last 30 years by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), its Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands Programme (LADA) and the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT).

Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 08:11
 
ASOCON holds its 14th Network Consultative Board (NCB) meeting in the Philippines PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 01:28

Delegates of the WOCAT-ASOCON Workshop held in Antipolo City, Philippines on March 26 – 28, 2011.
The ASOCON 14th Network Consultative Board (NCB) meeting was also held in conjunction with the workshop.

 

Recognizing the need to review its structure and functions amidst changing natural and socio-political environment, the national coordinators of the Asia Soil Conservation Network for the Humid Tropics (ASOCON) held its 14th Network Consultative Board (NCB) meeting in conjunction with the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT)-ASOCON workshop in Antipolo City, Philippines on March 26-28, 2012. This three-day event was a collaborative effort of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to harmonize regional initiatives on sustainable soil and water resources conservation and management.

The holding of the workshop and the 14th NCB meeting was very timely as ASOCON is now facing a new task of revitalizing itself to better respond to new challenges brought about by the alarming rate of land and watershed degradation, climate change, biodiversity loss, and changes in leadership among member countries and funding constraints. The current ASOCON’s network structure consists of a Coordinating Unit (CU) and national coordinating committees of member countries (China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam). Each country has a National Coordinator who serves as the ASOCON Focal Point in his/her country and responsible for the implementation of ASOCON activities at the national level. National coordinators form the NCB which is considered as the steering committee and policy-making body of ASOCON.

As one of the important highlights of the 14th NCB meeting, member-countries signed a resolution to renew its commitment by reviewing and revising the Joint Memorandum of Understanding including the network’s membership, structure and functions. They also agreed to expand their membership to include countries not within the humid tropics zone of Asia such as but not limited to Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal. Furthermore, to harmonize ASOCON and WOCAT initiatives within the region, ASOCON members agreed to utilize the WOCAT standardized methodology and tools for documentation, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable land management (SLM) practices in the region.

ASOCON members also decided that after 23 years, the time has come to transfer the CU from Jakarta, Indonesia to Manila, Philippines with the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) as the host agency. ASOCON National Coordinator and Director of BSWM, Dr. Silvino Q. Tejada, accepted this new role with high hopes that the Philippines could be equally effective as Indonesia in coordinating the programs and activities of the network. The transition stage sets in with the transfer of the management of ASOCON website from Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry to BSWM.

The WOCAT-ASOCON workshop was held back-to-back with the Philippine Land Degradation Assessment (LADA) project workshop, and so ASOCON members also attended a joint session on Philippine LADA project updates that initially focused on the preparation of land use system map in the Philippines. They also presented and shared their respective country report on the status of land degradation, interventions made, and success stories on soil and water conservation. A field visit of existing Soil and Water conservation Guided Farm Project was also organized for the participants to appreciate the efforts of the Philippines to promote SLM.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 August 2012 01:55
 
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Friday, 18 December 2009 02:29

The Asia Soil Conservation Network for the Humid Tropics (ASOCON)

F. J. DENT *


The Asia Soil Conservation Network for the Humid Tropics (ASOCON) was formed with UNDP/FAO support in 1989 and became a quasi-legal entity in June 1993. The network structure consists of a coordinating unit at the Ministry of Forestry ( MOF ), Jakarta, and National Coordinating Committees established by each member country (China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam). National Coordinators form the Network Consultative Board (NCB) which serves as both the steering committee and the policy-forming body. The network aims to assist its member countries through a programme of information exchange, regional workshops, expert consultations and learning activities to enhance the skills and expertise of those responsible for the development and dissemination of soil and water conservation practices for small-scale farmers. The ultimate objective is to help small-scale farmers use their land sustainably and productively.

 

ASOCON regional activities have included workshops on new approaches to in-service training for soil and water conservation and indigenous conservation farming systems, Regional Action Learning Programmes on the development of conservation farming systems and conservation project design, and a review of distance education programmes on soil and water conservation in ASOCON countries. ASOCON also assisted FAO in the development of the scheme for the Conservation of Lands in Asia and the Pacific (CLASP) to provide a means by which countries of the region can develop their own programmes to fight land degradation. To foster information exchange on soil and water conservation the network newsletter CONTOUR, first published in 1989, is issued on a regular basis.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 06:19
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