Geospatial information for sustainable food systems

Global Land Cover Share (GLC-SHARE)

Year published: 10/04/2014

The Global Land Cover-SHARE (GLC-SHARE) is a new land cover database at the global level created by FAO’s Land and Water Division in collaboration with various partners and institutions. It provides a set of eleven major thematic land cover layers resulting in a combination of best-available high resolution national, regional and/or sub-national land cover databases. It is created to respond to the increasing need for reliable information on the global extent and distribution of the major land cover types. The approach is based on the utilization of the Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) for harmonization of the various available land cover databases.