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GLCN land cover mapping training workshop
Last updated 3 September 2003

10-14 November 2003

Venue and date

The workshop will be held in Dakar, Senegal from 10-14 November 2003 (dates to be confirmed) in combination with the Africa GIS’03 Conference (4-7 November 2003).

Additional information on Africa GIS’03

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 technical individuals from national institutes involved in land cover mapping from the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.


If you are interested in participating in the workshop and/or would like to collaborate in the GLCN initiative, please complete the form below and return with your CV to the GLCN Secretariat; participant selection for the workshop will begin on the 26 September 2003.


GLCN Introduction Document (186 KB) 3 September 2003

GLCN Form of Interest (70 KB) 3 September 2003


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Hotel Arrangements

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During November the weather in Dakar is mild with an average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius and an average precipitation of 5mm.

Useful Links

Africover project
Global Land Cover Network (GLCN)
Land Cover Classification System (LCCS)

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

Dr Reuben Sessa
GTOS Programme Officer
SDRN, FAO United Nations
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome, Italy
Tel. (+39) 06 57056519
Fax. (+39) 06 57053369
e-mail: GLCN@fao.org

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