Area of land directly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship. Report directly controlled land area sustainably managed during the reporting period.
Organizations should footnote details about the nature of the direct control relationship and all assumptions used. See usage guidance for further information.
The IRIS catalog differentiates between land that is directly controlled by the organization and land that is indirectly controlled. This metric is intended to capture the land area that is under the organization's direct control that is sustainably managed.
Direct control refers to land for which the organization controls land use through direct operation or management. This includes situations where the organization's employees cultivate the land directly. Note that land ownership is not always equivalent to control. For example, in situations where land is leased to another entity or individual to cultivate (e.g., a third party manager), land is only directly controlled if the lease is accompanied by exhaustive land use criteria.
These land use criteria are often included in management plans and legal agreements, which also incorporate sustainability principles and typically include termination provisions in the event of poor performance. To the extent that minimal ad-hoc, discretionary land use decisions must be made by the third-party manager, which fall outside of the scope of the land use criteria, the land may still be considered as directly controlled by the organization.
Land Directly Controlled: Sustainably Managed (OI6912) is required for Joint Impact Indicator: Sustainable Management of Natural Resources.
JII definition: Hectares of land covered by sustainable land management practices, verified as being sustainable managed according to internationally recognized standards. Sustainable management of living natural resources includes both biodiversity and environmental services. Proxies of certification through an independent audit and verification process may be used to determine sustainable use. Distinct methodologies may need to be used for forestry, farmland, etc.
JII unit of measurement: ha (land meeting standards and/or certified)
April 2021 - IRIS v5.2 Released (current version)
December 2019 - IRIS v5.1 Released
April 2019 - IRIS v5.0 Released
February 2016 - IRIS v4.0 Released
Material change. Glossary and corresponding text in metric's usage guidance modified to clarify the issue of direct control in the case of third-party management of the land.
February 2014 - IRIS v3.0 Released
Material change. Metric definition modified to provide clarity based on Land Conservation Working Group.
October 2011 - IRIS v2.2 Released
Material change. Sustainable Cultivated Land Area - Direct (OI6912) and Sustainable Cultivated Land Area - Indirect (PI6796) replaced Sustainable Cultivated Land Area (OI2605). Metric bifurcated to allow for reporting regarding land not directly operated by enterprise.
January 2011 - IRIS v2.1 Released
August 2010 - IRIS v2.0 Released
Immaterial change. Sustainable Cultivated Land Area (OI2605) replaced Cultivated Land Area: Sustainable (A7.1). IRIS ID / metric name changed due to framework upgrade.
August 2009 - IRIS v1.0 Released
New metric. Cultivated Land Area: Sustainable (A7.1) developed via Original IRIS Working Group.
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