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GLCN land cover mapping training workshop
Last updated 27 October 2005

5-9 December 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:

Centro Nacional De Alta Technologia

With the logistical support of the FAO Representative for Costa Rica.


The workshop will be held in the Dr Franklin Chang Diaz Building of the Centro Nacional De Alta Technologia (CENAT), San José, Costa Rica.5-9 December 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: Countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.


Interest form (161 KB) 12 October 2005

01. Invitation letter (107 KB) 12 October 2005
02. GLCN introduction English version (290 KB) 12 October 2005
03. GLCN introduction Spanish version (135 KB) 12 October 2005
04. Agenda Draft (120 KB) 12 October 2005
05. Participants list (not yet available)
06. Logistics for participants (not yet available)
07. Registration (will be sent to participants that are selected)
08. Country profiles (138 KB) 12 October 2005
09. Data questionnaire (75 KB) 12 October 2005
10. Evaluation form (83 KB) 12 October 2005


Information will follow shortly.

Hotel Arrangements

Information will follow shortly.

Useful Links

Africover project
Global Land Cover Network (GLCN)
LCCS software

Contact Points

Dr Reuben Sessa
GLCN 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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