Geospatial information for sustainable food systems

Register implementation for land cover legends

Year published: 12/08/2021

Land cover assessment and monitoring of its dynamics are essential requirements for the sustainable management of natural resources, environmental protection, food security, humanitarian programmes as well as core data for monitoring and modelling. Land Cover (LC) data are therefore fundamental in fulfilling the mandates of many United Nations (UN), international and national institutions and programmes. Despite the recognition of such importance, current users of LC data still lack access to sufficient reliable or comparable baseline LC data. These data are essential to tackle the increasing concerns in regard to food security, environmental degradation, and climate change.


Critically, maintaining and restoring land resources plays a vital task in tackling climate change, securing biodiversity, and maintaining crucial ecosystem services, while ensuring resilient livelihoods and food security.