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Session Chair: Pascal Douard, EU Redd Facility, Spain
Landuseplanner.org - An Interactive Tool for Evidence-based Land-use planning
Pascal Douard1, Thomas Sembres1, Johannes Pirker2, Laurent Gazull3, Rachid Hanna4, James Acworth5
1European Forest Institute, EU REDD Facility, Spain; 2IIASA, Austria; 3CIRAD, France; 4IITA, Nigeria; 5LTS, UK
The Land-use Planner is an open tool for planners, policymakers, facilitators and stakeholders to make informed decisions about land use, forests and commodities. The Land-use Planner makes it easy to analyse and compare options for rural land use, and to balance economic, social and environmental interests, including employment, food security and carbon sequestration. The tool also helps planners to provide the information stakeholders need to understand and participate in decision-making.
The Land-use Planner can be used at different levels. At the project level, it can be used to inform an environmental and social impact assessment, for example. At the jurisdictional level, it can support investment planning to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). At the national level, it can support policy discussions on how to achieve agricultural production targets while preserving forests and other ecosystems.The tool is best used as a complement to spatial mapping tools.