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A LADA-local assessment manual [Part1 and Part2] was developed as part of
the LADA project in collaboration with the University of East Anglia and WOCAT.
The manual consists of two parts and several annexes aimed at providing
guidelines for the characterization of local areas in terms of land degradation
and conservation measures. It was refined and piloted in collaboration with the
six pilot LADA countries (Argentina, China, Cuba, Senegal, South Africa and
Tunisia) which provide a wide range of dryland situations and contexts.
In principle, the assessment manual is intended as a rapid but
robust assessment methodology to collect baseline data on land degradation and
improvement for planning, priority setting and subsequent monitoring activities.
The assessment follows a participatory approach in order to obtain a stronger
involvement of the local stakeholders. The methodology aims to identify the
current status and circumstances of land degradation or conservation, as well as
its historical development and perception of it by the land users in order to
determine the drivers and impacts of land degradation and sustainable land
In order to test the local assessment methodology in South Africa,
assessments were conducted in the following four study areas: