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To reduce the risk of agricultural development in the tropics by providing spatial information about significant opportunities and risks of natural resource management.

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By providing relevant information about land use change, the project aims to help decision makers, ranging from farmers to World Bank investors, reduce the uncertainties of development


  1. Baseline and time-series data for subsequent analysis performed.
  2. Information and insight of biological limitations and drivers of land use change developed.
  3. Analysis and prediction of socioeconomic factors influencing land use development performed.
  4. Analysis and prediction of vulnerability of land use systems to significant external events performed.
  5. Methods of capturing farmers' knowledge in land use division support developed


Detailed georeferenced databases on land use, ecological, and socioeconomic factors. Environmental and sustainability indicators of land use, networking on the environment, land use, sustainable agriculture, and indicators. A blend of theoretical, methodological, and field-based inquiry for decisions on sustainable agriculture. Upscaling and extrapolation tools available for a variety of uses.



  • 2001

    Decision-support tools developed for natural resource management in the Colombian savannas. Indicators for sustainability at the municipal level published for Central America. Rainfall interpolation software (MarkSim) distributed. Major analysis on poverty-natural resources relations in Pucallpa, Peru.

  • 2002

    Germplasm targeting tool completed (Beta version). World climate surfaces upgraded to 1-km grid. FloraMap 2.0 released. Dynamic Land Use Model (Beta version) released. Indicators for sustainability at the municipality level published for Andean countries.

  • 2003

    Strategic databases on agricultural, environmental, social, and economic issues maintained and updated. Environmental and sustainability indicators routinely distributed to decision makers in the region at different levels. Remote sensing information on land use changes in tropical America routinely collected and available for different purposes. Integrated GIS and mathematical models to support land management decisions by national organizations. National and local institutions from tropical America strengthened to use information, analysis, and tools. Data, analyses, and tools for natural resource management disseminated throughout tropical America and other tropical areas of the world.

  • 2004

    Data, analyses, and tools for natural resource management disseminated throughout tropical America and other tropical areas of the world.

  • 2005

    Delivery of second-order information products (e.g., policy guidelines, analytical methods, or information exchange networks) that will reduce the risks associated with specific land use changes that might otherwise threaten the well-being of significant numbers of rural people in the tropics. These will address specific issues such as water productivity, climate change, and application of new germplasm

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