Desertification and land degradation data are unique, both in the way it is collected and in the way the research community accesses it, and interprets it. The UNCCD Library & Data Centre strives to assemble, package and provide access to data in formats that are compatible with the needs of the research community as the UNCCD national action programmes are implemented.
At its core, the UNCCD Library & Data Centre promotes a collaborative effort between intergovernmental agencies to select and distribute data collected over many decades that is critical for environmental change detection and desertification impact assessment.
The work of the UNCCD Library & Data Centre is to improve access and the exchange of data and information in combating desertification through areas such as land resources management and agricultural science, while strongly emphasising soil conservation strategies and planning.
The strategic objective of the library is to integrate and harmonize standards, develop tools and procedures for the efficient and effective management and dissemination of high-quality technical information, including relevant and reliable statistics, texts, maps, and multimedia resources related to the impacts caused by desertification.