The United Nations defines sustainable land management (SLM) as “the use of land resources, including soil, water, animals and plants, for the production of goods to meet changing human needs, while simultaneously ensuring the long-term productive potential of these resources and the maintenance of their environmental functions”.
The productivity and sustainability of a land-use system is determined by the interaction between land resources, climate and human activities. Selecting the optimal land use(s) for given biophysical and socio-economic conditions and assuring SLM are essential for minimising land degradation, rehabilitating degraded land and ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources (i.e. soil, water and biodiversity). As we work to mitigate the impact of climate change, maximising the resilience of land systems is an important component of our SLM toolbox.
This session will showcase different (business) solutions that integrate the use of EU space technologies (i.e. Copernicus Earth Observation data, products and services and/or EGNOS/Galileo signals and services) in support of ensuring sustainable land use and management. The presentations and discussions will focus on how sustainable land management impacts the resilience or vulnerability of land resources, particularly within the context of mitigating climate change.