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FAO's Land Cover Toolbox

Due to the lack of assessment data and monitoring tools in many countries, FAO ahs been heavily involved in the development of tools for supporting the assessment of land cover and monitoring its change.

FAO LC toolbox: flow of products
Schematic process flow from data producers to users [brochure].

Main tools:

Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) - Standard classification system and tool to be used for effective management and land cover change assessment.

Mapping Device -m Change Analysis Tool (MAD-CAT) - A stand alone, interactive, and completely integrated environment for mapping land cover, detecting its change, editing and validating the results and reporting through built-in statistics. MAD-CAT includes the innovative classification of satellite imagery using object-based approach (segmentation), thus simplifying the procedure for land cover change analyses through comparison of objects across images of different dates.

Gographical Vector Interpretation Sytem (GEOViS) - dedicated to visual interpretation of remotely sensed images. Directly linked to LCCS, enables immediate assignment of polygons to specific land classes. It includes a module for estimating thematic mapping accuracy (MAP). Currently, MAD-CAT fully replace GEOViS.

Advance Database Gateway (ADG) - a cross-cutting interrogation software that allows the easy and fast recombination of land cover polygons according to the individual end-user requirements. Aggregated land cover classes can be generated not only by name, but also using the set of existing classifiers.

Starting from development of technical tools for land cover mapping and change assessment, to the standardization of procedures for land cover classification and analyses, FAO’s work represents a significant contribution to the development of tools that provide essential land cover data needed for management purposes.

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Sep 2, 2015 - A new amendment (no. 3) was signed by USDA and FAO to formalize a no-cost extension of the project GCP/PAK/125/USA from Oct 1, 2015 to Sep 30, 2016.

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Aug 8, 2016. E-bulletin 11, Apr-Jun 2016.

Aug 5, 2016. E-learning courses on agriculture monitoring and statistics.

Aug 5, 2016. FAO's ECONET approach and land cover change in Pakistan.

Aug 5, 2016. Training on Carbon Sequestration.

Aug 5, 2016. CRS Punjab bulletins Apr 2016.

Apr 22, 2016. Cotton Production & Analytics.

Mar 1, 2016. Testing Sentinel-2 images for crop monitoring in Pakistan.

Feb 20, 2016. Crop Information Portal training.

Jan 20, 2016. Sugarcane Production & Analytics.

Jan 20, 2016. Training on REDD+ Technology for Forest Department Officers of Punjab.

Oct 29, 2014. Agriculture Information System project: roll-out workshop.

Aug 13, 2015. RS/GIS Training in Forest Management, Lahore, 4-8 May 2015.

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