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To reach the objectives of GLCN a number of activities are being implemented. These include:

Harmonization of land cover definitions and classification systems.

The Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) is rapidly being adopted by both national and international organizations and initiatives.

Standardization of global land cover baseline datasets.

GLCN is involved in numerous global, regional and national initiatives and projects related to land cover and environmental databases development. [Details..]

Provision of database structure and maintenance guidelines.

Supply of, and access to, methodology and software.

GLCN has developed a number of applications to facilitate mapping activities and ensure the harmonization and compatibility between local, national and regional products.

Creation of a global land cover meta-database.

Awareness, training and capacity building at the local, national and regional scale.

A key area to the success and continuity of GLCN activities has been the importance given to training and the development of national capacity in the methodologies and applications required to undertake, maintain, archive and disseminate land cover data and information. This process has been mainly achieved through regional and national workshops.

Provision of advisory services on land cover classification, mapping and monitoring.

GLCN activities are supported by "Topic Centres" which are incubators of the GLCN methodology and have a number of functions, such as providing assistance to all land cover mapping and monitoring projects; advising on land cover mapping methodologies; acting as neutral international clearinghouses; developing regional products, and disseminating information on products and services, databases and meta-databases. These units also carry out activities of software and methodology development, research on the linkages between land cover and land use; development of socio-economic and biophysical indicators; assisting in modelling and applications, and the development of specific products requested by end users.

Function as an international, politically neutral and not-for-profit clearinghouse for land cover information at global and regional levels.

Development of institutional technical networks and promotion of national and regional collaboration.

GLCN subprogrammes already include the AFRICOVER and the ASIACOVER initiatives and other networks are currently being developed including those for West Africa, Southern Africa, Central and Latin America as well as for the Middle East. During this process GLCN assists and integrates with other initiatives to ensure that a broad and diverse community is fully engaged in the development, application and use of the output.

Development of effective communication links among relevant organizations, including donors.

Activities are also supported through the development of regional and national networks of collaborating institutions and individuals with the assistance of regional and national focal points. Many national and regional institutions also provide assistance to other stakeholders within their region in the form of training and data.

Food and Agriculture Organizations of UN United Nations Environment Programme Istituto Agronomico Oltremare (IAO) Italian Cooperation
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