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The LADA project concerns the development and widespread application of methodologies to assess the driving forces and quantify the nature, extent, severity, impacts and root causes of land degradation, particularly in drylands.

The principal objectives of the LADA project are to:

  1. Develop and implement strategies, tools and methods to assess and quantify the nature, extent and severity of land degradation and the overall ecosystem resilience of dryland ecosystems at a range of spatial and temporal scales. The assessment will integrate biophysical factors and socioeconomic driving forces


  2. Build national, regional and global assessment capacities to enable the design and planning of interventions to mitigate land degradation and establish sustainable land use and management practices. These objectives are expected to overcome current policy and institutional barriers to sustainable land use in dryland zones and establish incentives to promote the accrual of global biodiversity benefits at national and local levels


  3. Assess (quantitative, qualitative and georeferenced) land degradation at global, national and sub-national levels to:


    1. Identify the status, driving forces and impacts, as well as trends of land degradation in drylands in all its components including physical resources (such as soils, water, vegetation, biodiversity) and human resources (livelihood systems, cultural societies)


    2. Identify and characterize the hotspots: the areas with greatest land constraints, high risks or high level of ongoing land degradation of such areas and areas under risks of degradation, drought or floods, and to


    3. Identify and characterize the bright spots: the areas where the degradation has been slowed or reversed through conducive policies and actions (area of success & priority area for most cost-effective rehabilitation of fragile lands)