Global database for land usage released by FAO

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Croplands cover 12.6 percent of the Earth’s surface. FAO@PHOTO

An overview of land cover and land use across the world has been gathered for the first time in a database released by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The Global Land Cover SHARE database provides a comprehensive overview of how much land is covered, for example, by crops, trees or land which is uncultivated.

It collects previously scattered and unharmonized land cover information from around the globe into one centralized list.

Sandra Ferrari asked John Latham from FAO's Land and Water Division about the significance of the database.

Duration: 2'05"

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