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.
- National level: A methodology was developed and guidelines prepared for the assessment and mapping of land degradation and land management practices at national and sub-national levels (QM) in collaboration with WOCAT. National level assessments were completed in the 6 LADA countries: Argentina, China, Cuba, Tunisia, Senegal and South Africa. A remote sensing based study of Land Cover Change at high resolution was completed for Kenya (test case), Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia and Cuba.
- Local level: A draft methodology was developed with LADA countries and the University of East Anglia for the assessment and mapping of land degradation and land management practices at local level including biophysical and livelihoods assessment. 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.
Outreach: LADA participation in the CST and COP9 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 assessment and monitoring. 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 tools have been or are presently applied in 27 countries. 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.
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