UN Environment Programme: UNEP Launches New Sustainable Land Use Finance Impact Directory

UN Environment Programme: UNEP Launches New Sustainable Land Use Finance Impact Directory. “The Land Use Finance Impact Hub and its Positive Impact Indicators Directory – launched today by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Climate Finance Unit and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) – has been developed with and for impact funds and sustainably focused financial institutions, and aims to support the rollout of effective industry frameworks to track the environmental and social impacts of land-use investments.”

Grown Here at Home: New website helping to connect farmers in Virginia (WDBJ)

WDBJ: Grown Here at Home: New website helping to connect farmers in Virginia. “A resource for farmers has a new look. The Virginia Farm Link website is an interactive resource to help match retiring farmers with beginning and expanding farmers. ‘There’s going to be a major transition of land over the next 10 years or so as the older generations needs to retire and pass their farms onto someone,’ said Jen Perkins, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services farmland preservation coordinator.”

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas State Library and Archives Commission Digitizes and Makes Available Nearly 80,000 Department of Transportation Records

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas State Library and Archives Commission Digitizes and Makes Available Nearly 80,000 Department of Transportation Records. “Austin, TX – The State Archives, part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, has announced the digitization of 79,608 Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Right of Way records dating from 1913 to 2017…. The Right of Way Division coordinates the acquisition of land to build, widen, or enhance highways, provides relocation assistance when needed, and coordinates utility adjustments, as well as the disposition and leasing of surplus real property owned by TxDOT. The TxDOT Right of Way records include conveyances, maps, and titles for property.”

Boston University: GDP Center Launches Database on China’s Development Finance

Boston University: GDP Center Launches Database on China’s Development Finance. “The new database is a geospatial dataset for analysis of China’s sovereign lending commitments and their proximity to critical habitats, national protected areas, and indigenous peoples’ lands. The interactive tool will allow users to explore 615 development finance projects with specific geographic footprints. It shows their overlap with different types of socially and ecologically sensitive territories for context. The dataset provides insight into the sizeable quantity of this relatively new source of global finance, as well as its geographic locations, sectoral distribution and proximity to sensitive and ecological territory – critical habitats, national protected areas, and indigenous peoples’ lands.”

KHQ: WA State launches new app for viewing Public Lands

KHQ: WA State launches new app for viewing Public Lands. “Recreation and conservation lands managed by local, state and federal governments now can be viewed easily online in a new mapping application, the Recreation and Conservation Office announced today. The Public Lands Inventory Web app displays more than 18.8 million acres of public lands used for recreation or wildlife habitat in Washington. Information also is displayed about the type of use, owner, legislative district, year of acquisition, purchase price and acreage.”

Phys .org: Free online tool will enable farmers to deliver environmental benefits

Phys .org: Free online tool will enable farmers to deliver environmental benefits. “The new Environmental Planner tool (E-Planner) has been produced by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) to help farmers make decisions on which agri-environment options to introduce and where these are likely to work best. It uses detailed environmental data at a resolution of just five meters on all two million-plus fields across Great Britain. The tool analyzes satellite and aerial imagery plus other national-scale datasets to assess the suitability of unproductive or hard-to-farm areas of land for four agri-environment interventions.” “Agri-environment” was a new one on me, but this site helped me out.

Mongabay: New database wrangles data on land rights projects around the globe

Mongabay: New database wrangles data on land rights projects around the globe. “The Land Portal Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands, recently released what it’s calling ‘the largest global database of land and property rights projects.’ In around a decade of existence, the Land Portal Foundation has worked to pull together the often disparate information on these projects from its partners around the world so that researchers, donors and campaigners have a better idea of how these projects are transpiring, said Laura Meggiolaro, the organization’s team leader.”

EurekAlert: Global database for Karst spring discharges

EurekAlert: Global database for Karst spring discharges. “Previous research on karst hydrology has concentrated on the local level and the respective catchment areas. Very few studies have taken into account how climate and land use changes affect karst water resources on a large scale. Scientists have not been able to draw on sufficient observational data for this. The new database contains more than 400 karst spring discharge data, which represents the highest number of observations of karst springs worldwide. For the study, the Freiburg researchers and more than 50 co-authors reviewed articles, reports and national hydrological databases and compiled the observations.”

Rowan Today: Hasse receives N.J. conservation award for vast online mapping project

New-to-me, with new offshoots: Hasse receives N.J. conservation award for vast online mapping project. “Rowan University Professor of Geography John Hasse and a team of researchers have compiled a massive trove of New Jersey land use data and moved it all online for easy access, a project that will benefit students, journalists, municipal officials, developers and residents for decades to come.”

Aleteia: Digital maps provide treasure trove of information about the Catholic Church, for free

Aleteia: Digital maps provide treasure trove of information about the Catholic Church, for free. “GoodLands, whose mission is to help the Catholic Church use its land better for the benefit of people and the environment, is providing a number of free maps related to various aspects of the worldwide Catholic Church at its Catholic GeoHub site. If you have a desktop computer, a strong internet connection and maybe a lot of time on your hands, you can explore maps showing the boundaries of Catholic dioceses and parishes, the numbers of Catholics in each, the ratio of priests to parishioners, or stats on Catholic healthcare in various parts of the world.”

BusinessWire: New Online Mapping Tool Reveals 500 Million Square Feet of Public Land Potentially Usable for Affordable Housing (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: New Online Mapping Tool Reveals 500 Million Square Feet of Public Land Potentially Usable for Affordable Housing (PRESS RELEASE). “A new online tool, launched yesterday by the University of Miami with support from Citi, reveals roughly 500 million square feet – roughly the size of Manhattan – of underutilized, publicly owned land in Miami-Dade potentially suitable for the development of affordable housing.” This is only one area, of course, but what an interesting idea.

VietnamNet: National land database to be completed in 2020

VietnamNet: National land database to be completed in 2020. “The moving of land records from paper to digital format is part of the Viet Nam’s e-Government programme, signifying the Vietnamese Government’s latest attempt to catch up with the digital age and the advent of the fourth industrial revolution. The land database is not just an archive of information, it will also serve as a crucial tool for State management and satisfy the demands to access land information as well as land policies of all organisations, businesses and the public in a transparent, objective and convenient manner.”

Mongabay: Suite of free, open-source tools to help even non-experts monitor large-scale land use change

Mongabay: Suite of free, open-source tools to help even non-experts monitor large-scale land use change. “A recent study mapped the world’s dry forests using a relatively new tool that combines creative satellite image analysis with local- and national-scale knowledge. Natural resource agencies worldwide inventory their country’s vegetation cover, land uses, and forest carbon stocks in order to quantify the extent and impacts of land use change as well as their progress toward commitments to international treaties. However, they often lack the tools to compile and analyze the necessary data on land use change.”