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Mid-term Evaluation of the UNEP/FAO/GEF Project Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA)










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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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    Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) - NR fact sheet
    Assessing the status, causes and impact of land degradation
    2008
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    Land degradation is a serious problem that crosses national borders, ecological zones and socio-economic levels. It can be especially devastating for the world’s poorest people living in dryland areas. The Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) project, executed by FAO with funding from UNEP, GEF and others, assesses the causes and impacts of land degradation at global, national and local levels in order to detect hot spots and identify remedial measures. LADA approaches land d egradation as a biophysical, social, economic and environmental issue that must be dealt with through a combination of geo-informational, scientific and local knowledge tools.
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    LADA Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands Methodology and Results
    LADA Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands
    2011
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    LADA (Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands project) is a scientifically-based approach to assessing and mapping land degradation at different spatial scales ? small to large ? and at various levels ? local to global. It was initiated in drylands, but the methods and tools have been developed so as to be widely applicable in other ecosystems and diverse contexts with minimal required adaptation. LADA?s products have been tested, adapted and validated by the six participating countries for th e cost effective and scientifically robust assessment and monitoring of the status and trends of their land resources and ecosystems. It provides a sound basis for the preparation of future planning and investment frameworks for land resources (soil, water, vegetation/ biodiversity, ecosystems) management and planning. Adopting the LADA approach can assist the development of national action plans, strategies and policies for combating desertification, improving food security and alleviating rural poverty, especially in response to climate change. LADA surveys forms reliable baselines for monitoring and evaluation of SLM programmes.

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