Land Use Planning for

Land Degradation Neutrality


A monitoring tool for Land Degradation (SDG 15.3.1), integrating LDN into a participatory land use planning approach via an interface that allows users to evaluate land use management transition scenarios.


is most crucial to focus land restoration efforts?


SLM interventions are optimal and feasible in order to achieve LDN?


Global gridded maps for land use, soil organic carbon and socio-ecological indices


Visual and quantitative representations of LD gains and losses

About Us

The LUP4LDN mission

Designed as a ‘federated system’ – an open, collaborative and global network of independent data hubs equitably sharing information and knowledge relating to LDN, and as a monitoring tool aims to support users in achieving the relevant SDG 15.3.1 sub-indicators through analysing national and local data. 

LUP4LDN was funded by a competitive grant from GEO-LDN.





5+ TB

Geospatial Data



who we target

Our Users

As a software analytics tool, it supports policy-makers, land use planners, land users, national and sub-national organisations and research agencies in understanding optimal and feasible SLM interventions for LDN, alongside crucial areas to focus land restoration efforts. 


land use planners

land users

organisations / agencies


What our users say
about us

LUP4LDN is a tool that greatly helps us to understand where to focus restoration activities and design scenarios for reducing land degradation
Mrs. Attia Rafla
Ministry of Agriculture, Tunisia

How to plan for

Optimal Land Use



Set the spatiotemporal context for your intervention at country, regional or local level and seamlessly collaborate with your team.


transition scenarios

Use trusted data sources and applicable SLM practices to evaluate different options for using and managing land under your LDN goals.


actionable reports

Generate assessment reports for your LDN-informed Land Use and Management scenarios, backed by data presented in tabular and/or map formats.

How to


You have to know before
start everything

The UNCCD defines land degradation as “the reduction or loss of the biological or economic productivity and complexity of rain fed cropland, irrigated cropland, or range, pasture, forest and woodlands resulting from a combination of pressures, including land use and management practices”.


SDG Indicator 15.3.1 measures the proportion of land that is degraded over total land area. The extent of land degradation for reporting on SDG Indicator 15.3.1 is calculated as a binary – degraded/not degraded – quantification using its three sub-indicators which are: (a) Trends in land cover, (b) Trends in land productivity, and (c) Trends in carbon stocks (above and below ground), currently represented by soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks.


A state whereby the amount and quality of land resources, necessary to support ecosystem functions and services and enhance food security, remains stable or increases within specified temporal and spatial scales and ecosystems. 


  • Trends.Earth is an online platform that monitors land change and land degradation using satellite imagery and global data. The tool also supports countries in analyzing data to prepare for their reporting committments to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
  • QGIS is an open-source cross-platform desktop geographic information system application that supports viewing, editing, and analysis of geospatial data.


Discover what LUP4LDN can do for you

Book a meeting with our team to find out the best LUP4LDN plan for you and determine a training and data preparation package tailored to your use case.

Our Team

Meet Our Experts

Pythagoras Karampiperis
Claudio Zucca
University of Sassari (UNISS)
Quang Bao Le
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
Tatenda Lemann
World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT)
Richard Thomas
Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative
Enrico Bonaiuti
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)