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The Land Degradation Assessment in drylands project (LADA) develops tools and methods to assess and quantify the nature, extent, severity and impacts of land degradation on dryland ecosystems, watersheds and river basins, carbon storage and biological diversity at a range of spatial and temporal scales. It also builds the national, regional and international capacity to analyse, design, plan and implement interventions to mitigate land degradation and establish sustainable land use and management practices.

Its results contribute to the following Environmental Goals of GEF:

  • OP1 - conservation and sustainable use of the biological resources of arid and semi-arid areas
  • OP12 - to catalyze widespread adoption of comprehensive ecosystem management interventions
  • OP15 - mitigating the causes and negative impacts of land degradation on the structure and functional integrity of ecosystems through sustainable land management practices.

The project also contributes to the Developmental Goals of UNCCD and UN multi-lateral agencies to improve people's livelihoods and economic well being.  

Using the developed methods, LADA is assessing the baseline condition of land degradation at global and national scale to highlight the areas at greatest risk. These assessments are integrated with and supplemented by detailed local assessments focusing on root cause analysis of land degradation and on local (traditional and adapted) technologies for sustainable land management. Areas where land degradation is well controlled are also included in the analysis.  

LADA follows a participatory, decentralised, country-driven and integrated approach and makes ample use of participatory rural appraisals, expert assessment, field measurements, remote sensing, GIS, modelling and other modern means of data generation and processing, networking and communication technologies for sharing of information at national and international levels. 

The proposed approach is to develop a methodological framework, rather than a rigid method. It is expected that the framework would give enough flexibility, in terms of the procedures, techniques and state of the databases to accommodate  the particular circumstances of the country or region where it is applied. Also, the methodology is designed to be able to accommodate new information that will come in the future with the development of studies and technology.

Six countries -  Argentina, China, Cuba, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia - have been selected for conducting pilot studies.

 

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