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LADAMER Land degradation assessment in Mediterranean Europe

Objectives: The LADAMER project shall contribute to the protection of the natural environment by providing products relevant for planners and political agents. It also contributes strongly to the mitigation and prevention of land degradation, which is considered a major threat to Mediterranean ecosystems. Hence, sustainable land management contributes to the National Action Plans thet have been established as a consequence of the UNCCD.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Desertification monitoring and assessment
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: University of Trier, CSIC EEZA (Almeire, Spain), Research Institute for Knowledge Systems (The Netherlands), EC-JRCIES Soil and Waste Unit (Ispra, Italy), Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciencias Sociais e Humanas Dept. De Geografia e Planeamento Regional (Lisboa, Portugal)
Contents: The project, developed in the framework of the EU-GMES (Global Monitoring for Environmental and Security) action plan proposes an integrated approach to Land Degradation Assessment in Mediterranean Europe. The LADAMER project is to provide an assessment of the degradation status of Mediterranean lands on small scales, and the identification of 'Hot Spot' areas subject to high desertification and land degradation risk. LADAMER aims at supplying products relevant to national and international institutional end-users. The approach is based on an integration of expertise in landscape ecology and soil science, remote sensing, spatial analysis and integrated land use modelling. Different models and techniques that have already proven their validity on local to sub-regional scale will be modified to permit their application on regional scales. The project will use existing data on European land-use, soils and terrain elevation, climatic recordings used for agro-climatic modelling on European scale, remote sensing data archives from the SPOT-VEGETATION and AVHRR systems, and regionalised socio-economic data.
Means of Implementation: Amount of financing 831.438,00 euro.
Funding for the project was provided by the European Commission, DG XIII under the 4th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Programme.
The project encompasses two separate phases. The first phase will start with the procurement and processing of considerable volumes of geoscientific, socio-economic and remotely sensed data covering the Mediterranean basin. The establishment of this unified data will provide the basis for spatio-temporal analyses and the production of a regional land degradation map for the Mediterranean member states of the EU. Together with the processed layers and spatialised socio-economic variables, this information will flow into a concept model to produce a land degradation assessment. Phase II will be devoted to a more in-depth validation, the integration of additional or improved data layers, and the evaluation of advanced methodological options to upgrade the quality and information content of models and products.
Target year: 2005
Target Area/Place: Mediterranean Europe
Expected Outcome(S): The required base data for the LADAMER project largely exists. They need to be assembled in a consistend and well-documented data base. A second result will be a regional assessment of the land degradation status in Mediterranean Europe, based on an existing theoretical framework. The last objective is to couple the existing data, information, knowledge and models into an integrated assessment model, capable to combine different process domains with respect to early warning and environmental surveillance. Finally, the derived product will be validated.
Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: This project addresses several priority actions identified in the plan of implementation which are related to the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification to address causes of desertification and land degradation in order to maintain and restore land, and to address poverty resulting from land degradation (§ 41). In particular providing affordable local access to information to improve monitoring and early warning related to desertification and drought ( § 41, e).
Other Information:
(Contact): Prof. Johachim Hill
University of Trier - Remote Sensing Department
FB VI Geography/Geosciences
Behringstrasse 15
54286 Trier Germany
Tel: +49.651.201.45.92
Fax: +49.651.201.38.15
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