Geoinformation, monitoring and assessment Environment

Updated January 2000

Land cover and land use




FAO's Environment and Natural Resources Service (SDRN) carries out a number of activities concerning land cover and land use. The overall objectives are:

The development of a common integrated approach to land use and land cover attempts to inform and involve the widest possible range of individuals, institutions and organisations in discussions while developing the classification and related tools in order to reach consensus on a basis of clear and concise definition of land cover and land use and to create a system which could act as a widely accepted global reference base.

Links to collaborating institutions and organizations


John S. Latham (e-mail:
Environment and Natural Resources Service
FAO Research, Extension and Training Division

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