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
The Land Matrix is an independent global monitoring initiative launched by CDE and other organizations in 2012. 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. More information
Mountain Research Initiative
The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) is an international research coordination network, hosted at CDE. 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 funded by the Swiss Academies of Sciences (SCNAT), and is a strategic partner of Future Earth and a participating organization of the Group on Earth Observations.
The OneMap Myanmar initiative aims at democratizing access to high-quality spatial data on land, thus contributing to more transparent and accountable development planning and governance of land and other natural resources. To achieve this goal, CDE is partnering with over 20 government agencies, civil society organizations, and ethnic groups and communities, to jointly produce, enhance, verify, and share data, information, and knowledge on key land issues. The online, open-access spatial data platform developed under the project compiles and makes available land data from various sources, both governmental and non-governmental. More information
TABI - The Agrobiodiversity Initiative
The Agrobiodiversity Initiative (TABI) is a long-term commitment by the Lao Government and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) that seeks to conserve, enhance, and manage the biological diversity found in northern Laotian farming landscapes in order to improve the livelihoods of upland farm families. CDE has been mandated to develop and implement an information/knowledge management component for TABI. More information
The Lao DECIDE Info Project
The Lao DECIDE info Project seeks to stimulate data and information sharing between relevant sectors and administrative levels to improve evidence-based socio-economic planning and decision-making in Lao PDR. Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the project supports the Lao Department of Statistics in providing user-friendly statistical and spatial data to a wide range of users. Through a set of practical tools and procedures, the project provides web-based open access to detailed socio-economic data and information in various formats.
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.
Water and Land Resource Project
The Water and Land Resource Centre (WLRC) Project concerns two transboundary river basins in the Horn of Africa and East Africa: the Blue Nile/Eastern Nile Basin in Ethiopia, and the Ewaso Ng’iro Basin in Kenya/Somalia. It is designed to systematically collect, integrate, and share data that are otherwise highly fragmented, incomplete, or not available at all. Cross-sectoral and cross-scale knowledge generation and dissemination are essential preconditions for integrated regional management of water resources and resulting sustainable use of water and land.