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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.

Number of records: 35
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
 The global map of urban extent has a spatial resolution of 15 arc-seconds (about 500 m) and was obtained from MODIS imagery through a supervised decision tree classification algorithm using region-specific parameters. It provides a consistent and seamless map of urban, built-up and settled areas for...
Type: Maps/GIS
Scale: Global, Regional
Thematic areas: Land use/cover
User Category: Technical specialist
WorldClim is a set of global climate layers (gridded climate data in GeoTiff format) that can be used for mapping and spatial modeling. WordlClim version 2 contains average monthly climatic gridded data for the period 1970-2000 with different spatial resolutions, from 30 seconds...
Type: Maps/GIS
Scale: Global, Regional, National, Sub-national/Province/District, Watershed/Basin/Landscape
Thematic areas: Climate
User Category: Technical specialist, Modeller
 The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) database contains global elevation data with 3 arc-second (90 m) spatial resolution.  The data are made available through the CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR-CSI) website in mosaiced 5 deg x 5 deg tiles in both ArcInfo ASCII
Type: Maps/GIS
Scale: Locality/Farm/Site, Watershed/Basin/Landscape
Thematic areas: Topography
User Category: Technical specialist, Modeller
Global Forest Watch (GFW) contains the following forest-related datasets: (1) forest change data (changes  within forests at different resolutions, frequencies, and geographic extents, including  tree cover loss and gain data, near real-time forest alerts, and active fire data); (2) forest cover data ( types of forest cover at different...
Type: Maps/GIS
Scale: Global, National
Thematic areas: Land use/cover, Remote sensing
User Category: Technical specialist, Scientific advisor
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