Why map land use and land cover?
Mapping land cover and land use is essential to determine what quantity of land is currently being used for what purpose, and to identify land use changes from year to year. This knowledge helps develop strategies to balance conflicting uses and nature protection. It helps assess urban growth, model water quality issues, predict impacts from floods, and track wetland losses and potential impacts from rising sea levels, etc.
The CORINE Land Cover (CLC) inventory was initiated in 1985 (reference year 1990) to standardize data collection on land in Europe to support environmental policy development.
The standard European CORINE Land Cover (CLC) database will be implemented for the Carpathian region (four governmental regions) in Ukraine, based on computer assisted photointerpretation of satellite images and ancillary data.