Information System for Monitoring Land Degradation Neutrality of Agriculture Land

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In early December, on the eve of World Soil Day, the Association “Ukrainian Soil Partnership” signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. Under the cooperation with government and supporting by the FAO UN (Global Soil Partnership),  UaSP  presented a demo version of the digital platform Information System for Monitoring Land Degradation (ISMLD) At this stage, the system combines the  two types of information: soil agrochemical conditions (including organic carbon indicator)  and soil typology. article size distribution of soils. However, work to expand the system will continue for at least the next year.

UaSP’s IT specialists, lawyers and outcomes developers, FAO’s national and international soil and land tenure experts, national soil and water scientists, experts-representatives of scientific institutes and state organizations of the founders of the Association are involved in the formation of the system. At this stage, the information received from  the National Scientific Center «Institute for Soil Science and Agrochemistry Research named after O.N. Sokolovsky» and the State Institution «Institute of soil protection of Ukraine» is involved.

What does Monitoring Land Degradation Neutrality of agriculture land means? This is the constant monitoring of indicators that reflect the soil resources conditions in order to monitor the processes of their destruction or restoration.

Why is it necessary?  Green Deal, opening land market, climate commitments, climate finance and green investments, state regulation of degraded land conversion, yield forecasting, remote monitoring and its algorithms, economic modeling, adaptation of existing technologies and the creation of new ones - this is not a complete list of issues which requires the reliable date on soil resources.

Why UaSP? The Association creates institutional and technical conditions that allow to incorporate, standardize and visualize the not homogenesis data from institutions of different subordination and form of ownership without violating the  data ownership rights.

Numerous government organizations, modern IT services and service providers, private laboratories, agricultural holdings and farms collect and produce soil data. However, more likely this data  is fragmented, collected according to different methodologies, in different temporal and geographical conditions, not standardized and recorded differently. Such information cannot be verified or compared, so it cannot be used as a specific standards, basslines or input parameter for modeling. The developed platform allows to eliminate these problems.

Everyone is welcomed to cooperate or join UaSP. We also invite everyone to test the demo version and provide their feedback, comments and wishes. We are open for cooperation.  

Initiatives to implement a platform for land degradation neutrality in Ukraine were supported by the GEF-funded FAO project.