Knowledge hubs

Multifunctional landscape

Global Land Programme

GLP is an interdisciplinary community of science and practice fostering the study of land systems and the co-design of solutions for global sustainability. The GLP Scientific Steering Committee contributes to the implementation of research to advance sustainability transformations worldwide. The International Project Office (IPO) is hosted by CDE. More information

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Land Matrix

The Land Matrix Initiative (LMI) is an independent global monitoring initiative launched by CDE and other organizations. It monitors land acquisitions with the aim of getting a better picture of the extent, patterns, and impacts of international purchases or leases of land in the global South. The initiative promotes transparency and accountability in decisions on large-scale land acquisitions in low- and middle-income countries across the world. As an open tool, the LMI’s database allows wide participation in constantly upgrading, correcting, and improving the information it contains. More information

Mountain landscape in Scotland

Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)

The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) is an international research coordination network. It promotes mountain research efforts conducted across borders and disciplines to generate knowledge that enables decisions, actions, and transformations towards sustainable development. The MRI is a strategic partner of Future Earth and a participating organization of the Group on Earth Observations, and hosted by CDE.
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Landscape in Myanmar


The online, open-access spatial data platform developed under the project compiles and makes available land data from various sources. It brings together data on land use, cover, and tenure, and combines them with participatory maps developed by local communities as well as crowdsourced public contributions
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Pha Khao Lao: Documenting Agrobiodiversity in Laos

Pha Khao Lao is a website containing a wealth of data and information on agrobiodiversity in Laos. Not only does it offer technical and scientific information on key species and agricultural products, it is also richly illustrated with video stories on how various species are used throughout Lao society. More information

rice farmers in Laos

Knowledge for Development (K4D) Laos

As main results, the K4D project offers three new web-based information management platforms for different purposes and created capacities in relevant partner institutions to manage and use these systems:
The public national development information platform
The public provincial Savannakhet Development Information platform
The national land concessions information system LCIS, a web-based, government internal information sharing and integration platform
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sustainable land management


WOCAT (World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies) is an established global network of sustainable land management (SLM) specialists, contributing to SLM by sharing and evaluating knowledge. In 2014, WOCAT was officially recognized by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) as the primary recommended database for documenting sustainable land management best practices.
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