Survey: Participatory Land Use/Resource Planning Tools and Approaches - FAO Land and Water Division | Land Portal

This survey is part of a process started by the Land and Water Division (AGL) of the FAO to review needs, required tools and processes at various scales, to help countries and stakeholders meet emerging challenges and competition over resources and support sustainable use of land and water resources and resilient ecosystems.

Globally, 33 % of land is moderately to highly degraded and with the additional available land often not suitable for agriculture, there are few opportunities for expanding food production in new agricultural areas.              

This degradation directly affects the food supply and income of the poor, increasing their vulnerability and creating a vicious cycle of hunger, poverty and further land degradation. To address these challenges, an updated set of tools and approaches for participatory land use / resources planning that takes into account biophysical, economic, socio-cultural and governance dimensions, is needed.

This survey aims to collect lessons and experiences from current users of land resources planning tools and will help address gaps and identify features of an updated toolbox to support participatory land use / resources planning.   The objectives of this survey are to: 

  • Share experiences and lessons learned on participatory land use planning (PLUP) tools and approaches to improve their use in supporting Integrated Landscape Management (ILM)
  • Identify main gaps and opportunities of the current tools and methods, as a basis for the development of a demand-driven and state-of-the-art participatory land use/resources planning toolkit to support stakeholders at all levels of planning

The survey is available in all the official UN languages:







The survey should take no more than 10-20 minutes. Please complete this yourself if you are very familiar with relevant interventions and/or send it to project managers, focal points, or technical personnel to request their contribution.

If you would like any further information, please contact us at:

Land Resources Planning Secretariat 

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