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FAO/UNEP/UN-Energy Bioenergy Decision Support Tool -
MODULE 9: Tools and Resources
Woodfuels integrated supply/demand overview mapping (WISDOM)
Author FAO
Year
2003
Topic
Forest resources
Type
GIS/spatial
Tool
Geographical Coverage Global
Target audience/ users GIS experts, wood fuel analysts
WISDOM is a spatially-explicit planning tool for highlighting and determining woodfuel priority
areas or “woodfuel hotspots.” It offers a GIS-based approach for assessing woodfuel sustainability
and supporting wood energy planning. Rather than absolute and quantitative data, WISDOM is
meant to provide relative/qualitative values such as risk zoning or criticality ranking; it is aimed at
highlighting, at the highest possible spatial detail, those areas deserving urgent attention and also
identifying needs for additional data collection.
Publisher FAO, Rome
Link
ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/008/j5135e/j5135e02.pdf
SWAT soil and water assessment tool
Author
U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)/Texas
A&M University
Year
Topic Water Resources, Forest resources
Type Model Geographical Coverage Global
Target audience/ users Water experts
SWAT is an advanced modelling tool for water resources planning and evaluation of the impacts
of land management practices. The model takes into account agricultural, municipal industrial and
ecological water use, and considers both ground and surface water. Applications related to bioen-
ergy and exergy analysis have been developed.
Publisher USDA-ARS/Texas A&M University
Link
http://www.brc.tamus.edu/swat/
A Questionnaire for Mapping Land Degradation and Sustainable Land Management
Author
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)/Food and Agriculture Organization of
the UN (FAO)/ISRIC – World Soil Information
Year
2008
Topic
Land resources
Type
Tool, GIS/
spatial tool
Geographical Coverage Global
Target audience/ users Land-use experts
The WOCAT-LADA-DESIRE mapping tool evaluates what type of land degradation is actually
happening where and why and what is done about it in terms of Sustainable Land Management
(SLM) in the form of a questionnaire. Linking the information obtained through the questionnaire to a
Geographical Information System (GIS) permits the production of maps as well as area calculations
on various aspects of land degradation and conservation. The map database and mapped outputs
provide a powerful tool to obtain an overview of land degradation and conservation in a country, a
region, or world-wide.
Publisher CDE-WOCAT/FAO-LADA/ISRIC
Link
http://www.fao.org/nr/lada/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=18&I