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*** CLOSURE OF THE LADA PROJECT *** PDF Print E-mail

lada14_smallAfter five years of activity (2006-2010), the LADA project came to a satisfactory completion. The Project Terminal Report and the Terminal Evaluation Report can be accessed here. This site will remain available, with all its content within the FAO portal. We wish to thank all those who have contributed to the success of the project, both from the pilot countries and the technical partners. FAO staff will continue to make available the project outcomes provide support for the use, further dissemination and adaptation of the products of the project for specific situations.

As a global outcome, the project has developed and validated with its partner countries 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. Several international and regional organisation were also partners, in particular, CDE/ WOCAT Secretariat which enabled the LADA project to generate a set of combined LADA-WOCAT tools and  methods which are increasingly being taken up by new countries at various scales.

Outreach:

  • LADA participation in the CST and COP9 meetings of UNCCD in September 2009 was instrumental to inform the scientific community and country Parties of LADA outputs and to ascertain needs and interests in the use of products for land degradation and land management
  • Regional workshops were also organized by LADA countries to present LADA methods and results to more than 40 additional countries.
  • As at October 2011, LADA-WOCAT tools have been or are presently applied in 27 countries at various extents and scales.
  • The LADA team (FAO and countries) is also a constant partner of the UNCCD in the pilot tracking exercise for the refinement of the impact indicators of the Convention.

Global level:

National level

Local level

  • A draft methodology was developed with LADA countries and the University of East Anglia for the local level assessment of land degradation and sustainable land management practices at local level including biophysical aspects and livelihoods (LADA local).
  • Assessments were conducted in all LADA countries in representative sites in order to test, further develop and validate the methodology in varied agro-ecological and socio-economic contexts. Some 3 to 6 local assessment reports were prepared by each pilot country.
  • Also an analysis of relations between biophysical and socio-economic aspects of land degradation was carried out in Senegal with support of the Free university of Amsterdam which will guide further applications to ensure a rigorous and triangulated data collection and analysis process using field observations and measurements, land users/household interviews and secondary information.
  • After the project the LADA Local manual was further tested and some modification made for use in different contexts e.g. small islands in the Caribbean, a draft module for irrigated systems, etc. The revised published manual will be made available on the FAO web-page for the follow up project : Decision support for mainstreaming and  scaling up SLM.

Read more about workshops and training organized by the LADA project

Terminal Report | Evaluation Report

 

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