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.


3rd Global Meeting of the GEF/FAO Project ‘Decision Support for Mainstreaming and Scaling up Sustainable Land Management’ (DS-SLM) was held in Ankara, Turkey on 24-27 April 2019

The meeting was hosted by the General Directorate of the Combatting Desertification and Erosion of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey. This third and final global meeting gave the opportunity to share and discuss experiences and results amongst the 15 participating countries.

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WOCAT training for the CACILM II project in Ankara, Turkey

Regional WOCAT training of trainers for Central Asian countries and Turkey in Ankara within the framework of the Global Environment Facility Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Central Asian countries initiative for Land Management (CACILM) II.

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WOCAT Symposium 13-14 May 2019 in Ethiopia

The WOCAT Symposium will be hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia and will be held on Monday 13 May to Tuesday 14 May 2019 in Ethiopia, followed by the WOCAT Network Meeting for long-term collaborators and the Steering Committee Meeting.

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17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification

The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed every year on 17 June to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. Many countries, groups and individuals celebrate and observe WDCD by organizing a variety of outreach activities and awareness raising events.

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Near East and North Africa Land and Water Days 2019 in Cairo

Join WOCAT at several events: 1st April side event on decision support for SLM with FAO and participation of DS-SLM project partners and the launch of the e-learning course on SLM with CIHEAM and FAO. 2nd April regional initiative to combat land degradation in the Mediterranean with FAO.

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Old mapping database is offline

The mapping database by WOCAT is now offline. All datasets documented in the old WOCAT dabase, the instructions for mapping and a selecetion of maps can be found in the media library.

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WOCAT Evaluation Survey

The WOCAT program is currently undergoing an external evaluation with the objective to assess the effectiveness and achieved impacts of WOCAT. For this, a survey is sent to various WOCAT partners and users. We hope that many of you can participate in the survey and provide their views and feedback on WOCAT.

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E-learning course on “Sustainable Land Management and Land Restoration” available online

The E-learning course on “Sustainable Land Management and Land Restoration" developed by FAO in collaboration with CIHEAM, The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, University of Leeds and WOCAT, is now available online.

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Global SLM Database: Chinese and Thai

The Global SLM Database is now available in Chinese and Thai. Our thanks for the Chinese translation go to Mr. Sun Guoji, Director General of Department of Combating Desertification, National Forestry and Grassland Administration; and for the Thai translation to Dr. Bunjirtluk Jintaridth and Mr. Kamchai Kanjanatanaseth, Land Development Department (LDD), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand; Dr. Pitayakon Limtong, Soil and Fertilizer Society of Thailand.

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WOCAT supports LDN

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 LDN training at CRIC Guyana and Scientific articles on LDN

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The WOCAT “International Strategy” for 2015–2018 draws on the wealth of experience gathered in the WOCAT programme since its launch in 1992. This includes important areas such as funding.

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Projects and initiatives

At national and regional level, WOCAT is included in specific projects, mainstreamed in local programmes, and may be part of a national strategy.

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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.

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WOCAT/SLM knowledge products

Are you looking for WOCAT/SLM books, videos, factsheets, papers or other media?

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Training materials

Discover and download the WOCAT training material with presentations on the different tools and methods, and video instructions. The training materials are currently available in English, French and Spanish.

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