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Land resource planning for sustainable land management

Current and emerging needs in land resource planning for food security, sustainable livelihoods, integrated landscape management and restoration.

In conjunction with the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a publication focused on land restoration and achievement of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). The report is complimented by a land-resource planning (LRP) toolbox meant to support decisionmakers by making knowledge-based resources readily available.

The report titled, ‘Land resource planning for sustainable land management,’ along with the toolbox, support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 15.3 on achieving a LDN world by 2030. They also support FAO’s efforts to ensure that land is productive enough to meet the world’s nutritional and food needs, which is also the focus of SDG 2 on zero hunger. According to FAO, its strategies for sustainable food and agriculture follow the five interconnected principles of improving resource-use efficiency, natural resource conservation, improving rural livelihoods, enhancing resilience and good governance.

This working paper provides an overview of the historic development and current status of implementation of land evaluation and land use planning concepts and tools for land resources/landscape management and proposes a way forward. The increasing and juxtaposed challenges of population growth and increasing demands on limited resources by diverse actors, land degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change, require a rational utilization of resources to sustain and enhance productivity and maintain resilient ecosystems.

The toolbox

The LRP Toolbox is a freely accessible online source for a range of stakeholders, directly or indirectly involved in land use planning. The Toolbox contains a comprehensive number of existing tools and approaches that are used to implement land resources planning. The overall goal of the Toolbox is to make potential users aware of the existence of these tools, facilitate access to their information, and assist with the selection of those tools that meet the requirements of different stakeholders, operating at different levels, in different regions, and in different sectors. See the users’ guide for more information

 Land and Water Division Working Paper; Agrovoc: land resources; land evaluation; land use; national planning; evaluation techniques; sustainable development;