Workshops
Workshops have been held in order to promote regional cooperation and networking on Land and Water Information Systems. Representatives from national institutions in each region discussed prospects and challenges in the development of national and regional land and water information systems.

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Regional Workshop on Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) in the Caribbean (3-7 February 2004 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad)

Regional Workshop on Agro-ecological Zoning (AEZ) and GIS Applications in Asia with special emphasis on Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) (8 - 15 November 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand)

Land and Water Resources Information Systems (LWRIS) for food security in West Africa (5 - 12 April 2003 in Dakar, Senegal)

Land Resources Information Systems in the Near East (3 - 6 September 2001 in Cairo, Egypt)

Land Resources Information Systems in the Caribbeans (1-4 October 2000 in Bridgetown, Barbados)


Regional Workshop on Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) in the Caribbean
(3-7 February2004 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad)


The workshop was organized in partnership by FAO, the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD, the German Technical Cooperation GTZ and UNEP-Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office.

The workshop was attended by 63 participants comprising National Focal Points, NGO focal points, NGOs, land resources and land degradation specialists, resource persons, representatives of regional and international agencies and representatives of the private and public sector.

The meeting consisted of two segments:

1) a planning session for the elaboration of National Action Programmes (NAPs) and Sub-Regional Action Programme coordination; and

2) a Workshop on Land Degradation Assessment(LADA).

As a result of the planning session, the problems encountered by countries in preparing their NAPs were identified, and proposals were made to assist the countries. The LADA segment of the workshop reviewed the status of land degradation assessment in Caribbean countries as well as Argentina, Mexico, including the use of GIS based AEZ/LRIS tools. It reviewed the LADA methodology, in particular the LADA seven-step approach on the basis of the China and Argentina LADA pilot studies. It revised the draft LADA project Framework and made proposals for its improvements. The meeting finalized a draft Caribbean regional LADA TCP project for submission to FAO via CARICOM. In the proposed Caribbean LADA activities, the emphasis is to be placed on capacity building in assessing and combating land degradation using local and regional expertise through Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC). The workshop made recommendations for the future development of the AEZ/LRIS methodology and tools to overcome existing constraints and their further integration in LADA.

The workshop proceedings are now under edition.


Regional Workshop on Agro-ecological Zoning (AEZ) and GIS Applications in Asia with special emphasis on Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA)
(8 - 15 November 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand)


The workshop was organized by FAO/AGL and RAP in collaboration with the Land Development Department (LDD) of Thailand.The workshop was attended by land resources and land degradation specialists from 15 Asian countries and representatives of UNCCD.

The workshop reviewed the AEZ/LRIS situations and shared experiences in AEZ/LRIS applications in land degradation assessment in the various countries in the region. It reviewed the LADA methodology, in particular the LADA 7-step approach on the basis of the China LADA pilot study.It discussed ways to promote exchange of information, data and experiences in land information in the region including experiences and future collaboration in the FAO global network Gateway to land and water information for the Internet. It made recommendations for the future development of the AEZ/LRIS methodology and tools to overcome existing constraints and their further integration in LADA; more specifically it was recommended that the AEZ framework and AEZ delineations be used in LADA assessment studies and mapping. Preliminary draft national LADA TCP and AEZ/LRIS proposals were prepared by each participating country. The meeting proposed a draft outline for an Asia sub-regional LADA project for capacity building in assessing and combating land degradation using local expertise through Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC).

The workshop proceedings are now under edition.


Land and Water Resources Information Systems (LWRIS) for food security in West Africa
(5 - 12 April 2003 in Dakar, Senegal)


A sub-regional workshop on land and water resources information systems (LWRIS) for food security in West Africa was organized by FAO (RAF/AGL) with the collaboration of the Centre of Ecological Monitoring(CSE) and under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection of Senegal.

It was a meeting of land and water resources specialists from 14 West African countries. The workshop presented the latest developments in GIS-based Land and Water Resources Information Systems (LWRIS) and demonstrations of structure and contents of FAO LWRIS tools and experiences in their use, in particular the Internet based Gateway and AQUASTAT systems, soil and terrain, agro-ecological (AEZ) databases and software. A mechanism for future collaboration in information reporting and exchange in the sub-region was discussed. It was decided to create an informal land and water resources information network. Initial activities will focus on organizing the network and making it operational.

The workshop proceedings are now under edition.


Land Resources Information Systems in the Near East
(3 - 6 September, 2001 in Cairo, Egypt)


A Regional Workshop on Land Resources Information Systems was organized by FAO in co-operation with the Egyptian Ministry of Agric. & Land Reclamation from 3 to 6 September, 2001, in Cairo.

The Workshop continued for 4 days (including a 1-day field trip), and was attended by representatives from11 countries: Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Yemen, Tunisia, Turkey, Syria, Bahrain, and Sudan, in addition to 4 Regional Organizations (AOAD, ESCWA, League of Arab States, and UNEP Regional Office/Bahrain). Development in Land and Water Information Systems, preparation of national/regional land and water reports and future collaboration in the Gateway global network were discussed. Preliminary country reports based on Gateway Guidelines and Checklist were presented and discussed. The national reports of the participating countries are available on-line. (Go to the "Reports" on the home page.)

For the list of participants and their contacts, see the section of Contact Collaborators.

The workshop proceedings are available to download (pdf 2.5MB via FTP).


Land Resources Information Systems in the Caribbeans
(1-4 October 2000 in Bridgetown, Barbados)


A sub-regional workshop on Land and Water Resources Information Systems (LWRIS) in the Caribbeans was held in Bridgetown, Barbados, 2-4 October 2000.

The meeting was part of the first Annual Technical Meeting of the Caribbean Land and Water Resources Network (CLAWRENET). This meeting was held in collaboration with the Caribbean Agricultural and Research Development Institute (CARDI), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) and the Brace Center for Water Resources Management of Mc Gill University. The workshop was attended by 38 participants, including 15 from Caribbean countries and 7 resource persons from Costa Rica, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and the United States of America. Each country reported on the progress in preparing its national report on the state of Land, Water and Plant nutrition resources, using the FAO Guidelines. It was proposed that each country should be responsible for updating as and when new information becomes available.

The national reports of the participating countries and the Caribbean regional report are available on-line. Go to "Report" section of the Gateway homepage.

The workshop proceedings are available to download (pdf 2.4MB).


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