PLANGEA – Integrated Land Use Planning


PLANGEA is decision support platform to optimise integrated land use planning for conservation, restoration and sustainable agriculture. It generates priority maps and quantifies impacts for multiple criteria and all ecosystems types.

The high resolution of this platform also makes it useful  in guiding the implementation of regional, national and local restoration targets, offering customized solutions based on decision makers´ preferences.

PLANGEA is completely customisable to decision makers´ choices of criteria, scenarios and scales, capable at operating from farm to global scales. By mapping and quantifying trade-offs across multiple benefits and costs, it supports evidence-based planning and implementation to maximise cost-effectiveness of land-use decisions.

In the first global scale analysis ever performed for ecosystem restoration the three criteria were:

  • maximising benefits for biodiversity conservation;
  • maximising benefits for climate change mitigation;
  • minimising restoration costs.

At Regional, national and local levels, we use participatory approach involving local stakeholders to offer tailor-made solutions to specific targets such as:

  • Jobs and income generation in Caatinga biome in Brazil;
  • Water provision in Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest;
  • Crop pollination;
  • Potential for land sparing.



1.Initial workshop with local decision makers to define criteria, data and scenarios;

2.Data gathering and analysis;

3.Trade-offs optimization;

4.First results analysis – maps and estimated costs and benefits;

5.Second round of local consultations – a validation exercise;

6.Preparation of maps, spatial database and impact reports;

7.Dissemination and support for policy implementation;

Optional: tailor-made capacity building workshops.

Past and current efforts supported by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) , the World Bank, the Federal Governments of Brazil, Germany and Norway and the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI).

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Related Partners (3)

Banco Mundial Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Federal Republic of Germany Ministério do Meio Ambiente - Governo Federal (MMA)