Theme 7: Capacity--Oral Sessions

Description

GróLind is a collaborative project with the aim of monitoring Icelandic vegetation and soil resources. It was founded in 2017 by the Icelandic National Associations of Sheep Farmers, the Farmers Association of Iceland, Ministry of Industries and Innovation, and the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland. GróLind is a collaborative project and cooperation with stakeholders, such as the science community, landowners, and others, is a fundamental concept in the project.

In this project, the state of vegetation and soils are evaluated. Currently, a citizen science project is being developed within GróLind, in which land-users will annually monitor, using a mobile app, the conditions of the land they utilize. The monitoring will be based up on permanent photo-points and simple ecological measurements. These data will be used together with more detailed measurements done by specialists, to assess the state and changes in Iceland's vegetation and soil resources.

Land users' participation provides more extensive and accurate monitoring, both spatially and temporally. Cooperation between scientists and land users increases the flow of knowledge and trust between groups, ensuring that the knowledge gained in the project will be used for sustainable land management. Furthermore, the data will be used to develop research-based indicators for sustainable land-use that later can simplify the monitoring.

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Land Users – Land Watchers

GróLind is a collaborative project with the aim of monitoring Icelandic vegetation and soil resources. It was founded in 2017 by the Icelandic National Associations of Sheep Farmers, the Farmers Association of Iceland, Ministry of Industries and Innovation, and the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland. GróLind is a collaborative project and cooperation with stakeholders, such as the science community, landowners, and others, is a fundamental concept in the project.

In this project, the state of vegetation and soils are evaluated. Currently, a citizen science project is being developed within GróLind, in which land-users will annually monitor, using a mobile app, the conditions of the land they utilize. The monitoring will be based up on permanent photo-points and simple ecological measurements. These data will be used together with more detailed measurements done by specialists, to assess the state and changes in Iceland's vegetation and soil resources.

Land users' participation provides more extensive and accurate monitoring, both spatially and temporally. Cooperation between scientists and land users increases the flow of knowledge and trust between groups, ensuring that the knowledge gained in the project will be used for sustainable land management. Furthermore, the data will be used to develop research-based indicators for sustainable land-use that later can simplify the monitoring.