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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 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
At the heart of InfoFLR are packages of country information that IUCN has generated and gathered through our work with partners around the world, including a review of each country’s domestic targets, policies and programmes related to restoration and status updates on national restoration opportunities assessments.  These profiles feature detailed information on each...
Type: Documentation/Manuals,Educational materials,Maps/GIS
Scale: Global, Regional, National
Thematic areas: Climate, Land degradation, Land management/planning
User Category: Technical specialist, Policy maker, Facilitator, Stakeholder
The SEDLAC web site contains statistics on poverty and other distributional and social variables from all Latin American and several Caribbean (LAC) countries. All statistics are computed from microdata from major household surveys carried out in these countries. Statistics are updated periodically. One of SEDLAC’s objectives is to...
Type: Data,Questionnaire/Survey
Scale: National
Thematic areas: Social - statistics
User Category: Technical specialist, Scientific advisor, Policy maker
The LAC Drought Atlas contains digital drought maps for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. It is based on a historical drought frequency analysis through regional frequency analysis using L-moments (RFA-L). The Atlas provides maps and site-specific estimations of maximum and minimum...
Type: Maps/GIS
Scale: Regional, National, Sub-national/Province/District
Thematic areas: Climate
User Category: Technical specialist, Scientific advisor
The Gender and Land Rights Database (GLRD) is a FAO-developed dissemination platform to highlight the major political, legal and cultural factors that influence the realisation of women’s land rights throughout the world. It provides information about gender and land issues through 84 country profiles, land tenure statistics disaggregated by...
Type: Data
Scale: National
Thematic areas: Land/water rights, Social - statistics
User Category: Policy maker
The Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia provides access to high-resolution soil and landscape attributes. The soil attribute products consist of (1) nation-wide soil attribute maps which were generated by combining (2) Australia-wide 3D soil attribute maps with (3) regional maps for parts of Australia. The generation of...
Type: Maps/GIS
Scale: National
Thematic areas: Soils - distribution and properties, Topography
User Category: Technical specialist, Modeller
The Global Lakes and Wetlands Database(GLWD) has been created on the basis of existing maps, data and information, such as the Digital Chart of the World, World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) and others. It focuses in three coordinated levels on (1) large lakes...
Type: Maps/GIS
Scale: Global, Regional
Thematic areas: Land use/cover
User Category: Technical specialist
The Geospatial Data Gateway (GDG) of the United States Department of Agriculture- National Resources Conservation Service provides access to a map library of over 100 high-resolution vector and raster layers in the USDA Geospatial Data Warehouse. It is the one-stop source for environmental and natural resources...
Type: Maps/GIS
Scale: National, Sub-national/Province/District, Locality/Farm/Site, Watershed/Basin/Landscape
Thematic areas: Cadaster, Land use/cover, Population - distribution, Remote sensing, Soils - distribution and properties, Topography
User Category: Technical specialist, Scientific advisor, Stakeholder
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