Land Resources

Land Resources, Management, Planning and Use

World Day to Combat Desertication 2014

FAO, UNCCD and the Government of Italy joining forces to combat desertification, land degradation and drought

On the occasion of the 2014 WDCD and in the context of the 149th session of the FAO Council, the Government of Italy, FAO and the GM are celebrating the inauguration of the GM’s Office at FAO with a side event on “Land for Life – How Sustainable Land Management can Improve People’s Livelihood and Resilience”. The side event will highlight activities of FAO, UNCCD and the Governments of Italy and Kuwait to combat desertification, land degradation and drought and present the priorities of the newly established GM office at FAO.

Read More

World reference base for soil resources 2014

3rd edition of the World Reference now available online!

The WRB is a soil classification system for naming soils and creating soil map legends. It is hoped that this publication will contribute to the understanding of soil science in the general public and in the scientific community.

Access the publication

New position available in the Land and Water Division

Land Resources Officer (P4)

A new professional position is available in the Land and Water Division for an expert in participated and integrated (cross-sectoral) land use planning and territorial development tools and methods, ecosystem assessment/management and geo-statistical/ spatial analysis for sustainable agricultural and rural development.

Read the full vacancy announcement


Assesing and monitoring our earth’s land and water resources to support food security and early warning system with contributions from all

FAO’s new database includes eleven global land cover layers each representing the major land cover classes defined by the FAO and System of environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) legend. It brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time and represents the most-reliable global view of planetary land cover assembled to-date. This new product collects previously scattered and unharmonized land cover information from around the globe into one centralized database, marking a major improvement in information regarding the physical characteristics of the Earth’s surface. Up to now, one of the major challenges for countries and organizations was to identify, measure and record efficiently a good global overview of land cover.

Read More


La Facilitation pour la gouvernance territoriale

La Conférence internationale sur la réforme agraire et le développement rural (CIRADR) mit en place une tribune pour des discussions sur les politiques foncières4. À cette occasion, la FAO a présenté une proposition pour une méthode novatrice, en mesure de combattre ces problèmes: la méthode du développement territorial participatif et négocié (DTPN).

L’objectif du présent document est de mieux définir certaines caractéristiques des ressources humaines qui s’avèrent indispensables si l’on veut «contribuer» au processus de convergence progressive et de collaboration entre les divers acteurs.

Access paper

GSP website now available

The Global Soil Partnership is pleased to announce the release of its new website

English | French | Spanish

Now available

Improving Gender Equality in Territorial Issues - Integrated Guidelines 

English - Español


Land and Water Division
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome, Italy