Welcome to WOCAT – the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies

WOCAT is a global network on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) that promotes the documentation, sharing and use of knowledge to support adaptation, innovation and decision-making in SLM.


AfrioCAT learning event: SLM practices and tenure in the Sub-Saharan Africa context

Several AfrioCAT partners including the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) (ABC), Land, Landscape and Development Research Lab (LLandDev) Madagascar, the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), and WOCAT, are organizing an online learning event on 7th March 2024. The event targets SLM practitioners, who are interested in learning and contributing to a better understanding of the dynamic relationship between land tenure and the specific SLM practices implemented at the grassroots.

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WOCAT participation at the UNCCD CRIC21

The twenty-first session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (#CRIC21) to the UNCCD will take place from 13 to 17 November in Samarkand, Uzbekistan! Together with our partners, WOCAT will contribute to various side events, showcasing our efforts in assisting countries in enhancing LDN monitoring and reporting, promoting South-South collaboration, and advancing integrated land use planning. The WOCAT Global Network will express its role in supporting data generation and knowledge sharing on LD & SLM best practices and capacity building, in collaboration with the UNCCD and other partners.

» Read more about WOCAT events @ CRIC21


New ProSoil publication on pulses and SLM

Discover our newest publication. It's a compilation of SLM practices documented within the ProSoil Project and focuses on pulses and their vital role in SLM by enhancing soil fertility and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The publication was jointly elaborated with our Consortium Partners GIZ and Alliance Bioversity International & CIAT and launched on the World Pulses Day.

» Explore this and other global products by WOCAT
New research article on Natural/Small Water Retention Measures

Through experience under the EU Horizon 2020 project OPTAIN, the authors show what NSWRM are, how they are linked to each of the ecosystem-based concepts, and how they can help add value to these concepts. They present the potential for the application of NSWRM in the context of these concepts, while helping to identify planning tools, the expertise required, and potential funding mechanisms. The fourteen case studies as many other NSWRM documented within OPTAIN are available in the WOCAT SLM Database.

» Find this and other scientific articles here
Workshop on LDN monitoring in Ecuador

The recent workshop on LDN monitoring in Ecuador, led by WOCAT in collaboration with CONDESAN and the Ministry of Environment, focused on estimating Land Productivity Dynamics, a key LDN indicator. As part of the project funded by the GEF and implemented by CONDESAN and FAO, the workshop aimed to train participants in the methodology for land productivity estimation and identify suitable approaches for Ecuador. The session contributed to Ecuador's efforts in achieving LDN goals and SLM.

» Explore the Ecuador LDN Decision Support System
Newsletter and Season's Greetings

We are looking back at a productive latter half of 2023 culminating with the UNCCD Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. In collaboration with partners, we organized a series of impactful global, regional and national events, fostering Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) capacity building, knowledge sharing and dissemination.

» Discover the highlights in this newsletter edition!
WOCAT related UNCCD COP15 decisions

Five COP15 decisions highlight the role of WOCAT in supporting knowledge sharing, generating SLM good practices data and developing capacities of UNCCD stakeholders.

» read the decisions here
WOCAT supports LDN

“Land degradation neutrality” means the maintenance and increase of the amount of healthy and productive land resources, in line with national development priorities.

» learn more about WOCAT's LDN activities here
Global SLM Database

The Global Database on SLM contains a vast range of good practices from all over the world and is the primary recommended database by UNCCD.

» learn more about the Global SLM Database
SLM knowledge products

Are you looking for global or national good SLM practices compilations, guidelines, videos, factsheets, papers or other media?

» discover WOCAT's knowledge products

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