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Land Resources Planning Toolbox

This category of tools gives prominence to biophysical attributes (climate, soil, terrain, water, etc.) and their interactions in the land evaluation process. The output, in most cases, guides the users to suitable options for land use alternatives, based mainly on biophysical attributes. Land suitability and similarity analysis are typical examples. Documents describing principles, approaches and guidelines for land evaluation are included, as well as different tools for classifying soils based on the suitability for a specific use, capability or potential, fertility constraints and management and linkages to yield, productivity, physical and chemical properties. Sophisticated or simplified modelling of crop growth and yield predictions, also fall into this category.

The tools in this category use as inputs information on both biophysical characteristics  and social and economic conditions and generally incorporate principles, approaches and methods of participatory land use planning, with the overall objective of reaching mutually beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders.

The tools in this category give prominence to the characterization of social and economic settings required for land use planning and includes approaches and methods of participatory decision-making. Biophysical conditions may be considered in these tools, but not in depth.

This category includes databases that can facilitate land evaluation and land use planning by providing information that may serve as inputs for the process. These databases provide maps and data on soil and terrain characteristics, land degradation, land cover, land use, climatic data including future projections, crops and yields, food, agriculture, water resources, adaptability/suitability of identified plant species for a given environment, and socio-economic data and statistics on poverty, population, tenure and gender.

This category of tools do not produce results that have direct use for land evaluation and land use planning, but has a supporting role by providing various types of data  that can be used in land evaluation studies and as input data sets for land use planning.

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The Guidelines for Soil Description (SOIL_DESC) provide users with a complete procedure for soil description and for collecting field data necessary for soil classification systems, such as the World Reference...
Type: Framework/Guidelines
Scale: Locality/Farm/Site
Thematic areas: Soils - distribution and properties
User Category: Technical specialist
The FAO publication “Land Degradation Assessment in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Type: Documentation/Manuals,Educational materials
Scale: Locality/Farm/Site, Watershed/Basin/Landscape
Thematic areas: Land degradation, Land use/cover, Soils - distribution and properties
User Category: Technical specialist, Scientific advisor
The International Land Coalition case study “Protecting shared grazing through joint village land use planning” is situated in Kiteto District, Manyara...
Type: Educational materials
Scale: Locality/Farm/Site, Watershed/Basin/Landscape
Thematic areas: Land management/planning, Social - participatory approaches
User Category: Policy maker, Facilitator, Stakeholder
The International Land Coalition case study “Participatory rangeland resource mapping for village land use planning” is...
Type: Educational materials
Scale: Locality/Farm/Site, Watershed/Basin/Landscape
Thematic areas: Land management/planning, Social - participatory approaches
User Category: Policy maker, Facilitator, Stakeholder
The International Land Coalition case study “Participatory mapping of customary forest use to influence spatial planning” (ILC_ID) is situated in...
Type: Educational materials
Scale: Locality/Farm/Site, Watershed/Basin/Landscape
Thematic areas: Land/water rights, Social - participatory approaches
User Category: Policy maker
The paper “Participatory Mapping as a tool for empowerment” (ILC_PM) brings together a number of tools, approaches and experiences of the International Land Coalition (ILC) network
Type: Educational materials,Maps/GIS
Scale: Locality/Farm/Site, Watershed/Basin/Landscape
Thematic areas: Cadaster, Land/water rights, Social - participatory approaches
User Category: Scientific advisor, Facilitator, Stakeholder
The Socio-Economic and Gender Analysis (SEAGA) Field Level Handbook is written for development agents who work directly with local communities in developing countries in support of participatory development planning. The tools provided in the Handbook will help outsiders and...
Type: Documentation/Manuals,Educational materials
Scale: Locality/Farm/Site
Thematic areas: Social - participatory approaches
User Category: Facilitator, Stakeholder
The Guidelines on “Participatory Land Use Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina” offer a case study of how experiences, gained in the specific local context of post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the former Yugoslavia, led to a methodology for participatory...
Type: Educational materials
Scale: Sub-national/Province/District, Watershed/Basin/Landscape
Thematic areas: Land management/planning, Social - participatory approaches
User Category: Policy maker, Facilitator, Stakeholder
Livelihood zone maps were developed by the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) as basic information for food security analysis. They define geographic areas of a country where people generally share similar options for obtaining food and income and similar...
Type: Maps/GIS
Scale: National, Sub-national/Province/District
Thematic areas: Farming systems
User Category: Technical specialist, Scientific advisor, Policy maker
CropSyst is a is a user-friendly, conceptually simple but sound multi-year multi-crop simulation model with daily time step. The model simulates the soil water budget, soil-plant nitrogen budget, crop canopy and root growth, dry matter production, yield, residue production and decomposition, and erosion. Management options include: cultivar...
Type: Model
Scale: Locality/Farm/Site
Thematic areas: Crops - productivity
User Category: Technical specialist, Scientific advisor, Modeller
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