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Bibliographic citation:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: Environmental Statistics (February 2019 Edition). UK Data Service. https://doi.org/10.5257/oecd/env/2019-02

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FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Statistics Division)

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4th March 2019

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Land resources are one of the four components of the natural environment: water, air, land and living resources. In this context land is both:
· a physical "milieu" necessary for the development of natural vegetation as well as cultivated vegetation;
· a resource for human activities.

The data presented here give information concerning land use state and changes (e.g. agricultural land, forest land).

Land area excludes area under inland water bodies (i.e. major rivers and lakes).

Arable refers to all lan generally under rotation, whether for temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted only once) or meadows, or left fallow (less than five years). These data are not meant to indicate the amount of land that is potentially cultivable.

Permanent crops are those that occupy land for a long period and do not have to be planted for several years after each harvest (e.g. cocoa, coffee, rubber). Land under vines and trees and shrubs producing fruits, nuts and flowers, such as roses and jasmine, is so classified, as are nurseries (except those for forest trees, which should be classified under "forests and other wooded land").

Arable and permanent crop land is defined as the sum of arable area and land under permanent crops.

Permanent meadows and pastures refer to land used for five years or more to grow herbaceous forage crops, either cultivated or growing wild (wild prairie or grazing land).

Forest refers to land spanning more than 0.5 hectare (0.005 km2) and a canopy cover of more than 10 percent, or trees able to reach these thresholds in situ. This includes land from which forests have been cleared but that will be reforested in the foreseeable future. This excludes woodland or forest predominantly under agricultural or urban land use and used only for recreation purposes.

Other areas include built-up and related land, wet open land, and dry open land, with or without vegetation cover. Areas under inland water bodies (rivers and lakes) are excluded.

The definitions used in different countries may show variations.

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Land UseContact person/organisation

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FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Statistics Division)

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Bibliographic citation:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: Environmental Statistics (February 2019 Edition). UK Data Service. https://doi.org/10.5257/oecd/env/2019-02

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Country Metadata/metadata/OECD/LAND_USE/RL_EN_Country_Notes%202019.pdfDate last updated

4th March 2019

Key statistical concept

Land resources are one of the four components of the natural environment: water, air, land and living resources. In this context land is both:
· a physical "milieu" necessary for the development of natural vegetation as well as cultivated vegetation;
· a resource for human activities.

The data presented here give information concerning land use state and changes (e.g. agricultural land, forest land).

Land area excludes area under inland water bodies (i.e. major rivers and lakes).

Arable refers to all lan generally under rotation, whether for temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted only once) or meadows, or left fallow (less than five years). These data are not meant to indicate the amount of land that is potentially cultivable.

Permanent crops are those that occupy land for a long period and do not have to be planted for several years after each harvest (e.g. cocoa, coffee, rubber). Land under vines and trees and shrubs producing fruits, nuts and flowers, such as roses and jasmine, is so classified, as are nurseries (except those for forest trees, which should be classified under "forests and other wooded land").

Arable and permanent crop land is defined as the sum of arable area and land under permanent crops.

Permanent meadows and pastures refer to land used for five years or more to grow herbaceous forage crops, either cultivated or growing wild (wild prairie or grazing land).

Forest refers to land spanning more than 0.5 hectare (0.005 km2) and a canopy cover of more than 10 percent, or trees able to reach these thresholds in situ. This includes land from which forests have been cleared but that will be reforested in the foreseeable future. This excludes woodland or forest predominantly under agricultural or urban land use and used only for recreation purposes.

Other areas include built-up and related land, wet open land, and dry open land, with or without vegetation cover. Areas under inland water bodies (rivers and lakes) are excluded.

The definitions used in different countries may show variations.

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