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Land Cover Mapping of Afghanistan
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In Afghanistan, in former times, there existed a well-balanced ecological system comprising the way of life and economic agricultural practice, as well as natural endowments, resources and social conditions. This guaranteed the continuance of the self-contained ecosystems but limited the farmerís living to a low economic standard. During the last ten years this former balance has not only been endangered but virtually destroyed. However, no accurate basic information on present land use/land potential is available for decision making or for comprehensive development planning.

This severe shortage of country-wide, as well as regional, quantitative and qualitative information on natural resources has proved to be a major limiting factor in proper planning and development. This problem has been by the situation in the last ten years with mobility severely restricted and field data collection difficult.

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The project strategy involved the utilization of modern remote sensing technicques to undertake a land cover/land use survey to satisfy the urgent need for base information.

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As a result of the project an extensive database of change in land cover has been created depicting the status of land cover in 1972 and 1993. The outputs of
the project included new land cover maps, statistics and a land cover atlas of the country which is being used for driving the agricultural rehabilitation strategy. The benefits of the project are now being transferred to the target beneficiaries (agriculturalists, village communities, farmers, etc.) through the use and application of land use information by the direct recipients in the strategic and local area planning of rural rehabilitation.

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Contact : John S. Latham, Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracallo, Rome 00100, Italy
Phone: +39 6 5225 4026 Fax: +39 6 5225 3369
E-mail: John.Latham@fao.org | http://www.fao.org