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GLCN is involved in numerous global, regional and national initiatives and projects related to land cover, land cover change and environmental databases development. The Land Cover Classification System is widely applied to generate a legend according to the LCCS standard.

GLCN Land Cover datasets

GLCN is supporting the development of national and regional land cover data sets according to its standards and methodologies. Following is the list of initiatives for which outputs such as the land cover database, the change assessment, and the mapping accuracy estimates were produced (some initiatives are currently on going):

GLOBAL Land Cover datasets

Global Land Cover SHARE of year 2014 - Beta-Release 1.0
A new FAO land cover product: the "Global Land Cover SHARE" has been launched. It brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time and represents the most-reliable global view of planetary land cover assembled to-date. [Details..]

Globcover-derived national databases for African countries
GLCN is promoting the development of national land cover data sets ready to be used in GLCN software for mapping and analysis. Source data for this initiative is the most recent (2005) and detailed (300 m) global land cover database available on the market: the Globcover, which was published in 2008 as result of an initiative launched in 2004 by the European Space Agency (ESA). Globcover is currently the best archive on land cover globally. [Details..]

Globcover-derived national databases for UN-REDD pilot countries
FAO-NRCE has promoted the re-processing of the Globcover (global version) land cover archive at national extent for 9 countries as part of the activities of United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD). These 9 countries were selected by UN-REDD for the phase 1 of the programme. [Details..]

This link takes you to the GlobCover Portal, which provides access to the results of the GlobCover project. GlobCover is an ESA initiative, in partnership with JRC, EEA, FAO, UNEP, GOFC-GOLD and IGBP, that delivers global composite and land cover maps (year 2005/2006) using as input observations from the 300m MERIS sensor on board the ENVISAT satellite mission. [Details..]

In collaboration with a network of international partners 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. The regional and global data are available free of charge for all non-commercial applications from the JRC website.

Land Cover data in FAO

FAO's geo-spatial data repository and metadata catalogue GeoNetwork archives metadata and data on several land cover initiatives. Throug its interface, these records can be retrieved, consulted, and eventually accessed (directly or contacting the data owner. [Details..]

Please contact the GLCN Secretariat if you have specific requirements or need more info on all the mapping activities promoted by GLCN.

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