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Land Resources planning (LRP) to address land degradation and promote sustainable land management










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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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    Earth Map: A Novel Tool for Fast Performance of Advanced Land Monitoring and Climate Assessment 2023
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    Earth Map (https://earthmap.org/) is an innovative and free application developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that was designed in the framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations–Google partnership and facilitates the visualization, processing, and analysis of land and climate data. Earth Map makes petabytes of multitemporal, multiscale, multiparametric, and quasi-real-time satellite imagery and geospatial datasets available to any user thanks to the power of Google Earth Engine (https://earthengine.google.com/) and a point-and-click graphical user interface. These are further complemented with more planetary-scale analytical capabilities so that global and local changes and trends on Earth’s surface can be easily detected, quantified, and visualized. It does not require users to master coding techniques, thereby avoiding bottlenecks in terms of technical capacities of nonexpert users. It ultimately paves the way for countries, research institutes, farmers, and members of the general public to access critical knowledge to develop science-based policy interventions, leverage investments, and sustain livelihoods. We provide a full overview of Earth Map’s software architecture, design, features, and datasets. To illustrate the possible applications of the tool, different examples are presented including a few case studies that show how quick historical analysis of environmental and climate parameters can be performed and research questions answered. The examples demonstrate that Earth Map is a comprehensive and user-friendly tool for land monitoring and climate assessment and that it has the potential to be used to assess land use, land use change, climate change impacts, and natural disasters.
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    Framework for integrated land use planning - An innovative approach 2020
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    Population growth is driving increasing demand for food and other agricultural and forest products. Achieving food security with existing farming practices is likely to lead to more intense competition for natural resources, increasing greenhouse gas emissions, and further land degradation and deforestation. Furthermore, market-driven land use patterns are provoking unsustainable use of land resources and irreversible loss of biodiversity and fertile soils. All these trends pose a threat to agricultural production, food security, and the generation of ecosystem services. Land-use planning should thus make careful consideration of climate change resilience and ecosystem management. However, the implementation of land use plans involves a number of challenges that require resolution. Key measures include the adoption of actual sustainable land management (SLM) alternatives facilitated by an enabling environment with appropriate policies and legislation, ensuring a secure land tenure system, and mobilizing medium and long-term financial investments. Considering the above-mentioned challenges, this document developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides an integrated land use planning (ILUP) approach to assist with inter-sectoral planning processes and implementation for the sustainable use of land resources. It provides guidance to assess several baseline aspects, including the suitability of agricultural production systems, and the examination of soil and land degradation and socio-economic factors affecting household decision-making on land-use and natural resources management in agricultural landscapes, and aims to assist with developing country-specific recommendations for the implementation of an agreed intersectoral plan.

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