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GLCN land cover mapping training workshop
Last updated 8 March 2005

19-23 March 2005

This Global Land Cover Network workshop is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with the technical support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the financial support of the Government of Italy and the Government of the Netherlands.

This workshop is hosted by:

Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Egypt

With the logistical support of the FAO Representative for Egypt.


The workshop will be held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 19-23 March 2005.

Introduction to GLCN

FAO/UNEP have recently launched the Global Land Cover Network (GLCN) with the objective to improve the availability of global information on land cover and its dynamics, harmonizing land cover mapping and monitoring at national, regional and global levels. GLCN will generate essential data needed for sustainable development, environmental protection, food security and humanitarian programmes of the United Nations, and of other international and national institutions.

The GLCN initiative will bring together national technical staff in the field of Remote Sensing/GIS, Agriculture, Forestry, Pasture/Rangeland, Environment, and Food Security to develop a network at the regional and global scale to adopt the standardization of land cover measurement methods and develop regional and global land cover products. The collaboration will involve not only data providers but also data users and policy-makers.

Goals of the workshop

Training will be provided on land cover mapping and other geo-information technologies including the Land Cover Classification System (LCCS). These methods can be used on both national and regional projects. The workshop will also be used to initiate regional collaboration and GLCN projects.

The workshop is intended for officials from national institutes involved in land cover mapping from the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.


Invitation letter (English) (103 KB) 8 March 2005

Information on GLCN and LCCS (286 KB) 8 March 2005
Logistics for participants (will soon be available)
Agenda Draft (76 KB) 8 March 2005
Participants list (will soon be available)
Registration (138 KB) 8 March 2005
Questionnaire (75 KB) 8 March 2005
Country profiles (134 KB) 8 March 2005
Evaluation form (76 KB) 8 March 2005


Participants will fly directly to Sharm El Sheikh and will be collected at the hotel by staff of the Baron Hotel.

Hotel Arrangements

Accomodation and workshop will be at the Baron Hotel

Useful Links

Africover project
Global Land Cover Network (GLCN)
LCCS software

Contact Points

Mr John Latham
GLCN Coordinator
SDRN, FAO United Nations
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome, Italy
Tel. (+39) 06 57054026
Fax. (+39) 06 57053369
e-mail: GLCN@fao.org

Mr Craig Von Hagen
FAO Africover Project, P.O. Box 30470
00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel. (+254) 20 4441106
Fax. (+254) 20 4441993
e-mail: craig.vonhagen@africover.org

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