Land & Water

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.

Number of records: 45
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
Gridded Livestock of the World (GLW3)is a spatial dataset that shows the global distribution of the major types of livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, horses, buffalo, ducks). Currently in its third version the distribution patterns refer to 2010 and are available at a spatial resolution of...
Type: Maps/GIS
Scale: Global, Regional, National
Thematic areas: Crops - distribution
User Category: Technical specialist, Scientific advisor
The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the only global database of terrestrial, coastal and marine protected areas. It is a joint effort between IUCN and UNEP, managed by UNEP-WCMC, to...
Type: Maps/GIS
Scale: Locality/Farm/Site
Thematic areas: Land management/planning
User Category: Technical specialist, Scientific advisor
The ISRIC Soil Data Hub is a central location for searching and downloading ISRIC’s soil data layers from around the world. It contains geo-referenced soil data, including soil profiles and individual soil attributes. The Soil Hub provides access to the WoSIS Soil...
Type: Data,Maps/GIS
Scale: Global
Thematic areas: Soils - distribution and properties
User Category: Technical specialist
Type: Educational materials,Framework/Guidelines,Maps/GIS
Scale: National, Sub-national/Province/District
Thematic areas: Forestry - statistics, Land evaluation, Land management/planning, Land use/cover
User Category: Technical specialist
SISLAC (“Sistema de Informacion de Suelos de Latinoamerica”) is a regional initiative promoted and sponsored by the Global Soil Partnership, which involves CIAT, EMBRAPA and 20 national institutes in Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil,...
Type: Data
Scale: Regional, National
Thematic areas: Soils - distribution and properties
User Category: Technical specialist
The Land Use and Coverage Area frame Survey (LUCAS) is an extensive and regular topsoil survey that is carried out across the European Union to derive policy‐relevant statistics on the effect of land management on soil characteristics. Approximately 45...
Type: Data,Maps/GIS
Scale: Sub-national/Province/District, Watershed/Basin/Landscape
Thematic areas: Soils - distribution and properties
User Category: Technical specialist, Scientific advisor, Modeller
The ISRIC Soil Data Hub is a central location for searching and downloading ISRIC’s soil data layers from around the world. It contains geo-referenced soil data, including soil profiles and individual soil attributes. The Soil Hub provides access to the WoSIS Soil Profile Database, which currently contains some 100,000 geo-referenced,...
Type: Data,Maps/GIS
Scale: Global
Thematic areas: Soils - distribution and properties
User Category: Technical specialist
SISLAC (“Sistema de Informacion de Suelos de Latinoamerica”) is a regional initiative promoted and sponsored by the Global Soil Partnership, which involves CIAT, EMBRAPA and 20 national institutes in Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay,...
Type: Data
Scale: Regional, National
Thematic areas: Soils - distribution and properties
User Category: Technical specialist
It is well established that deforestation and forest degradation, as well as forest landscape restoration (FLR) activities, play a critical role in the global carbon cycle. Efforts to combat climate change have been designed specifically to influence the rate at which these activities occur, such as Reduced Emissions from Deforestation...
Type: Data
Scale: Global, Regional, National, Sub-national/Province/District
Thematic areas: Climate, Forestry - statistics, Land degradation, Land use/cover
User Category: Technical specialist, Scientific advisor, Modeller, Policy maker
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