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.


Tools4LDN workshop with Colombia

On 7 September 2021, the first Tools4LDN workshop took place with more than 45 experts representing various national and international institutions, as well as decision makers from the public sector. The participants discussed the importance of data validation and the possibilities to integrate national information and expert knowledge in Colombia´s assessment of land degradation.

A series of upcoming training sessions on different Tools for LDN are planned to include Trends.Earth, LandPKS and the WOCAT SLM data base..

» Learn more about Tools4LDN
Desertification and Drought Day 2021

The 2021 Desertification and Drought Day  held on 17 June will focus on turning degraded land into healthy land.

Land restoration can contribute greatly to post-COVID19 economic recovery. Investing in land restoration creates jobs and generates economic benefits, and could provide livelihoods at a time when hundreds of millions of jobs are being lost.  Ibrahim Thiaw, UNCCD Executive Secretary

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New scientific article on Sand and Dust Storms

Sustainable Land and Water Management (SLWM) practices are often advocated by authors to mitigate Sand and Dust Storms (SDS) impacts, however, in many cases these are just mentioned, without indicating specific practices and without presenting examples. The authors of this paper thus reviewed the WOCAT database to identify concrete examples of SDS-relevant SLWM practices.

» Get free access until 20 October and download the article here.
WOCAT and UNCCD review the assessment tool for Gender-responsive SLM Technologies and Approaches

Sustainable land management (SLM) needs to be inclusive and improve opportunities for vulnerable groups including women and youth. On 14-15 September 2021, WOCAT and UNCCD conducted a review workshop to fine-tune the jointly-developed questionnaire on gender-responsiveness of SLM Technologies and Approaches.

» Read more here
WOCAT is a Friend of the IYRP

The International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP) 2026 is endorsed by the FAO Conference. WOCAT recognises how rangelands and pastoralists contribute to SLM and expressed its interest in sending a Letter of Support for IYRP proposal to the Government of Mongolia. 

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LUP4LDN Tool wins the GEO-LDN Competition

After a long journey LUP4LDN tool from SCiO, ICARDA, WOCAT, Università degli Studi di Sassari and ELD wins the GEO-LDN Competition and  will receive financial and technical support to transform their prototype into an operational and scalable tool.

» Learn more about LUP4LDN
WOCAT supports Land Degradation Neutrality

WOCAT methods and tools are utilized for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN)/SDG 15.3 reporting and implementation, assessing the LDN indicators and identifying the status and trends of LD and SLM.

For further information see the Tools4LDN website, the LDN training at CRIC Guyana, Scientific articles on LDN.

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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 SLM compilations, collections, guidelines, videos, factsheets, papers or other media?

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