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.

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UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration


Workshop on Monitoring climate benefits of sustainable land management

On 27-29 April 2021 the Climate-Soil Community of Practice (CoP) initiated by GIZ and the 4 per 1000 Initiative is organising a Workshop on Monitoring climate benefits of sustainable land management with a focus on Soil Organic Carbon. Join us in Session 1 on 27 April, 13:00-15:15 CEST, to learn more about linked tools to choose carbon friendly SLM practices, to estimate SOC impact of SLM activities and to collect compatible data on a mobile phone.

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GLF Africa - Restoring Africa's Drylands, 2-3 June 2021

On 2-3 June 2021, GLF will host the first-ever digital conference focused entirely on Africa’s drylands and how integrative restoration practices can see them flourish once again.

More information about WOCAT's participation in GLF Africa will follow soon!

» visit the GLF Africa website
WOCAT Steering Committee Meeting and Goodbye to WOCAT Director Hanspeter Liniger

On April 1st 2021, the WOCAT Steering Committee with the participation of WOCAT's Consortium Partners ISRIC, ICARDA, FAO, ICIMOD, GIZ, CIAT-Bioversity and CDE endorsed the amended Framework Agreement and new organizational structure. With this, Hanspeter Liniger, long-term WOCAT Director, ends his assignment and hands over his responsibilities to the new WOCAT Executive Team comprised of CDE, ISRIC and ICARDA.

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International Day of Forests - 21 March

On International Forest Day, we share findings that relate land and forests and the interconnections between both. For this day, we have selected our Technologies and Approaches aiming to ensure sustainable land management whilst protecting forests within a particular environment. To learn more, visit our Twitter page and Facebook page and learn here from the Statement by the UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw: “This year’s International Day of Forests theme of ‘Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being’ emphasizes the role forests must play in building a better, heathier and more equitable world as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

» check out SLM Technologies in forests/ woodlands


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
Scaling SLM in Bosnia and Herzegovina: new book

Learn how Bosnia and Herzegovina is mainstreaming and scaling out SLM practices in this new publication by WOCAT partners from the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

» Read the publication
AFAAS and WOCAT sign MoU to support extension in SLM

The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and WOCAT will work together to enhance capacities of extension services and farmers in SLM and support the scaling of SLM innovations in Africa.

» Learn more about AFAAS
IICA and WOCAT sign MoU for collaboration in the Americas

Partnering for impact: IICA, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, and WOCAT signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to strengthen SLM activities and promote healthy soils in agricultural and livestock production systems in the Americas.

» visit the IICA website
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.

For questions or support, contact us!

» read more about SLM and SDG 15
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?

» discover the knowledge products

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