Participatory Land Resource Planning (LRP) Tools Workshop

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Draft Concept Note

Participatory Land Resource Planning (LRP) Tools Workshop

22-23 March 2018 (back-to-back with other relevant workshop)

FAO HQs, Rome, Italy


In the process of updating the land resources planning (LRP) process to meet the emerging challenges, FAO launched a survey on participatory land resource planning (LRP) tools last year. Around 750 land management practitioners responded to the survey and identified the emerging needs and trends in existing LRP tools. The results are envisaged in the recent publication on Land Resources Planning for Sustainable Land Management, more detailed results are also available in an unpublished report.

As an immediate response to the identified gaps, a categorized inventory of existing tools and approaches to support decision makers and land users in land management and restoration, the Land resources planning (LRP) Toolbox was developed and published online. The publication and the LRP Toolbox were launched at the UNCCD COP13 in China (full article here). The toolbox includes more than 100 tools, the process is ongoing and we welcome contribution on relevant tools to be included in the Toolbox using a special template.

The next step is to organize an international consultation workshop with the main aim of bringing together experts and practitioners from various sectors and geographic regions, with experience in natural resources management, land evaluation and land use planning.

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Review the main constraints and opportunities to support evidence-based decision making process, benefiting from the results of the multi-stakeholders survey on Participatory Land Resource Planning;
  • Review gaps and actions needed for better integration of land resources planning at the different scales, sectors and stakeholders;
  • Identify options to update the land resources planning tools and methods to meet the needs of decision-makers;
  • Formulate recommendations for the way forward, to guide the future actions.

For further information regarding the workshop, please contact Mr. Yuji Niino, e-mail: