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The GLCN initiative brings together national technical staff in the field of Remote Sensing/GIS, Agriculture, Forestry, Pasture/Rangeland, Environment, and Food Security to develop a network at the regional and global scale to adopt the standardization of land cover measurement methods and develop regional and global land cover products. The collaboration involves not only data providers but also data users and policy-makers.


In collaboration with a network of partners (30 research teams) from around the world, the Global Vegetation Monitoring (GVM) unit of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) compiled a harmonized global land cover classification for the year 2000 (GLC2000) database, using data acquired by the SPOT4 Vegetation instrument. [Details..]


GLOBCOVER was launched in 2004 as an initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA) which aims to produce a new global land-cover database based upon fine resolution (300m) images acquired over the full year 2005 by the MERIS sensor on-board the ENVISAT satellite. [Details..]


Geoland is a Framework Program 6 Integrated Project financed by the European Commission (EC), which aims to build up a European capacity or Global Monitoring of Environment and Security (GMES) in the field of land applications. [Details..]

World mangroves

The FAO Environmental Assessment and Management Unit (NRCE), with its long experience in remote sensing and GIS technologies, and mapping methodologies and tools has been requested by ITTO to review 28 countries for updating the 2nd edition of the World Atlas of Mangroves. [Details..]

Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010)

GLCN standards are being used in the Remote Sensing Survey initiative of the FRA 2010 programme.

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