LAUREL - Land Use Planning for Enhanced Resilience of Landscapes in Mozambique

May 2017
December 2019
Project cost
660 000 USD
Role in the project
Modeling expert




Spatial Planning Degradation-Restoration Modeling Remote sensing

Main goals

The Land Use Planning for Enhanced Resilience of Landscapes (LAUREL) program led by the World Bank aims to support integrated decision making for landscape management in Mozambique, through improved spatial data on land degradation, and through the development of prototype platform (LANDSIM) for simulating, evaluating, and re-orienting as appropriate, land use and land use change processes

Specific objectives

O1. To develop a sound, consistent, up-to-date and evidence-based baseline of land degradation in Mozambique
O2. To develop a national-scale spatially explicit land use change simulation prototype for evaluating the impact of Mozambique policy and interventions incentives


Governement of Mozambique


R1. A nationaly consistent database of land degradation maps and sound information of the underlying causes of the degradation indicators observed in Mozambique
R2. A spatial-explicit land use change simulation prototype that enable to estimate the impacts of government policy or interventions on household welfare as well as agricultural production and environmental impacts


A1. Developpment of the Land Degradation Baseline. For this objective we are following the latest guidance of international UN conventions and base our development on state-of-art earth observation technology (e.g. remote sensing times series analysis, Google Earth Engine)
A2. Development of the Land use change simulation Prototype (LandSIM). For this objective we are following several key steps: i) estimate population and population density; ii) describe household architecture, production practices and natural resource use, iii) link the households to the economy and markets, iv) incorporate climate change effects, v) design future scenarios, run the model and link to policy. Thoses modules are developped using an open-source modeling platform

Related people

Project Manager

Clovis Grinand

PhD in "Information Systems for the Localized Management of the Territories", from AgroParisTech, Engref and SupAgro, he is expert in remote sensing, pedology, forestry, agronomy, geomophology and modeling on projects related to forestry and agriculture, development of innovative tools, scientific publications, impact measurement studies

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Project officer / Forest & REDD + / France

Frédérique Montfort

Currently working on her PhD thesis, she has a Master II in "Plant biodiversity and tropical ecosystem management (BioGET)" from the University of Montpellier and AgroPariTech. She brings her expertise in biodiversity and forest landscape degradation/restoration

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Country representative in Mozambique

Jean-Baptiste Roelens

Holder of a master Tropical environment and Biodiversity, he worked for 3 years in French Guyana, notably as forest ecology and soil science research officer at CIRAD. From 2008 to 2016 he worked at the WWF in Madagascar, France and Democratic Republic of Congo as Forest and Climate program manager. At WWF, he supported conservation, forest landscape restoration and REDD+ projects, he also conducted campaign and advocacy work on forest policies and energy infrastructure development. He joined Etc Terra - then nitidæ - in May 2016 as MOZBIO project manager around the Gilé national reserve in the Zambézia province in Mozambique.

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Project Manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Julien Gonnet

Holder of a Professional Master II in Sustainable Development from the University of Geneva and a Master I in Geography from the University of Jean Moulin, he brings his expertise in project building and project management on agricultural markets, the use of ICT within the agriculture sector, the implementation of certification (organic, fair...) and engineering training

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