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*** CLOSURE OF THE LADA PROJECT ***

After five years of activity, the LADA project came to a satisfactory completion, and it is now closed. The Project Terminal Report and the Terminal Evaluation Report can be read here. This site will however remain available, with all its content, at the same address within the FAO portal. We wish to thank all those who have contributed to the success of the project, the pilot countries and the technical partners. FAO staff will continue to provide support for the utilization and further dissemination of the project outcome.

As a global impact, the project has developed and validated a  harmonized set of methodologies for the assessment of land use, land degradation and land management practices (SLM) at global, national, sub-national and local levels.

  • Global level: A global Land Use System (LUS) classification and mapping was developed. A global NDVI study (GLADA) was conducted led by the World Soil Information Centre (ISRIC). A Global Land Degradation Information System (GLADIS) was also developed with the collaboration of IIASA which maps a new set of pressures and threats indicators at global level and allows access to information at country, LUS and pixel (5 arc-minute resolution) levels. Also a comprehensive web-based indicators repository system was developed in cooperation with the University of Sassari, and is on-line.
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Regional LADA training carried out in China

A training workshop on the LADA methodology was carried out in China, in April 2011. The workshop lasted one week and was attended by more than 20 participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Uzbekistan. The workshop was successful, raising interest among the participants about the possibility of using LADA methodologies in the region. The workshop was organized in indoor classes in Beijing plus a two-day field activity in Ulan Aodu county.


Photos | Report and agenda | Presentations

 
LADA spin-off inception workshop in the Philippines

For the first time, a fully-fledged LADA assessment has started as a spin-off of the LADA project, funded by the FAO TCP program. The TCP has started in The Philippines with an inception workshop carried out in the town of Angeles. The workshop was attended by about 40 participants from various institutions and regions of the country. A workplan for the first year of the project was prepared, and the main technical bases were established. The first operational activity is now planned for July 2011.


Report | Agenda

 
International LADA Workshop held in FAO HQ

After more than four years of activities, the LADA project presented its achievements in a two-day workshop, on 6 and 7 December 2010. The first day reviewed the LADA methodological tools and the results obtained at global level and in six countries (Argentina, China, Cuba, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia). The second day discussed in detail LADA follow-up activities, in particular in the framework of the UNCCD process, and in support of national land use planning and rural development activities. Contributions from a number of countries and international partners were presented.

On Wednesday 8 December, the Steering Committee of the project met to assess the results and consider future perspectives.


Workshop documents | Agenda | List of participants

 
LADA regional training workshop in Tunisia

The LADA regional training workshop for North Africa was organized by OSS (Observatoire du Sahel et du Sahara) in collaboration with the LADA coordination team in Tunisia (Direction des sols, DG-ACTA, Ministry of Agriculture) and the sub regional FAO office in Tunis. The workshop was held from 20 to 30 September 2010. The venue was in Tunis for the in-class initial sessions on the global, national and local methodologies of LADA, and in the governorate of Siliana for the practical session on the LADA local assessment. Participants from Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Tunisia attended training. The UNCCD focal points of the participating countries, or their delegates, attended the first two days, focusing on the possibilities of mainstreaming and up scaling of the LADA methodology for assessing and monitoring land degradation in the region.


Workshop documents | Photos (under preparation)

 
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