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LADA Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands Methodology and Results

LADA Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands








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    Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands. Manual for Local Level Assessment of Land Degradation and Sustainable Land Management. Part 1
    Planning and methodological approach, analysis and reporting
    2016
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    This local level land resources assessment methodology (LADA-Local) was produced within the Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) project. See Box 1 for the LADA project objectives and outcomes and the website www.fao.org/nr/lada for further information. The main purpose of LADA-Local is to provide a standard methodological approach and tool-kit for the assessment of land degradation processes, their causes and impacts at local1 level in collabor ation with local stakeholders and communities. The focus is on human-induced land degradation; however, natural degradation processes are also addressed. For a more balanced and complete understanding, the approach also assesses the extent to which land resources (soil, vegetation, water) and landscapes/ecosystems are being conserved and/or improved by sustainable land management (SLM) practices.
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    Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands: Manual for Local Level Assessment of Land Degradation and Sustainable Land Management. Part 2
    Field methodology and tools
    2016
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    This local level land resources assessment methodology (LADA-Local) was produced within the Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) project. See Box 1 for the LADA project objectives and outcomes and the website www.fao.org/nr/lada for further information. The main purpose of LADA-Local is to provide a standard methodological approach and tool-kit for the assessment of land degradation processes, their causes and impacts at local1 level in collabor ation with local stakeholders and communities. The focus is on human-induced land degradation; however, natural degradation processes are also addressed. For a more balanced and complete understanding, the approach also assesses the extent to which land resources (soil, vegetation, water) and landscapes/ecosystems are being conserved and/or improved by sustainable land management (SLM) practices.
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    Mapping Land Use Systems at global and regional scales for Land Degradation Assessment Analysis
    Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands
    2011
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    The objective of the Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) project was to develop tools and methods to assess and quantify the nature, extent, severity and impacts of land degradation on dryland ecosystems, watersheds and river basins, carbon storage and biological diversity at a range of spatial and temporal scales. This builds the national, regional and international capacity to analyze, design, plan and implement interventions to mitigate land degradation and establish sustainable land use and management practices. To achieve this objective, LADA has developed standardized and improved methods for dryland degradation assessment, with guidelines for their implementation at a range of spatial and / or temporal scales. The LADA methods enable users to assess the regional and global baseline land degradation situation with the view to highlighting the areas at greatest risk. These assessments were supplemented by detailed local assessments that focused on the root causes of land degradation and on local (traditional and adapted) technologies for the mitigation of land degradation. Areas where land degradation is well controlled were included in the analysis in order to develop ‘best practice’ guidelines and the results widely disseminated in various media. The project was intended to make an innovative generic contribution to methodologies and monitoring systems for land degradation, supplemented by empirically-derived lessons from the six main partner count ries involved in Phase 1 of the project (Argentina, China, Cuba, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia) for up-scaling to countries within their regional remit.

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