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.