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Global Land Cover-SHARE of year 2014 - Beta-Release 1.0

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A new FAO land cover product: the "Global Land Cover-SHARE (GLC-SHARE)" has been just 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.

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This new product collects previously scattered and unharmonized land cover information from around the globe into one centralized database, marking a major improvement in information regarding the physical characteristics of the Earth's surface.

Up to now, one of the major challenges for countries and organizations was to identify, measure and record efficiently a good global overview of land cover. The GLC-SHARE database has been:
  • compiled with data pulled from multiple sources;
  • quality controlled and harmonized using internationally accepted definitions and standards;
  • produced to bring a wealth of country-level information into one consolidated dataset spanning the entire planet.
Applications of the database include assessment, monitoring and reporting of the distribution of the major land cover classes, land suitability evaluation, land accounting, environmental accounting, climate change impact assessments in productivity and yields, land use planning and sustainable development addressing food security and environmental threats.

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