WOCAT

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.

Events

Happy World Soil Day!

To stop soil erosion, promote the adoption of Sustainable Land Management practices around the globe! Become part of the WOCAT Network, share your good practices on the Global WOCAT SLM Database and get in touch with other SLM practicioners.

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Regional workshop to kick-start implementation of plans and establishment of Communities of Practice: “Bridging Knowledge Creation and Sharing for Natural Resource Management and Climate Resilience” on 14-15 November 2019 in Rabat, Morocco

This week, a Knowledge Symposium will take place in Rabat, Morocco, organized by the WOCAT Consortium Partner ICARDA and other institutions like CIHEAM-Bari, Procasur, Virginia Tech, IAV Hassan II, supported by the Project’s Partner Institutions and sponsored by IFAD. In the Symposium, WOCAT will discuss with countries the establishment a SLM Community of Practice. For more information contact the WOCAT Secretariat wocat@cde.unibe.ch

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WOCAT Events at COP in New Delhi, India

Join WOCAT at the UNCCD COP14 from 2-13 September, New Delhi, India in one of the 7 side events, the presentation "A global overview on sand and dust storms" or the additional "Carbon Benefits Project (CBP)/WOCAT Training: Estimating theimpact of Land Management Projects on climate change mitigation"

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News

Training on ‘Estimating the impact of Land Management Projects on climate change mitigation’ with the Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) and WOCAT held on 13-15 November 2019 at UN Environment in Kenya

A training on the use of the CBP/WOCAT linked online toolset for calculating carbon stocks and GHG emission associated with land projects, establishing resulting socioeconomic benefits and exploring SLM options for implementation was provided to GEF project managers, UNEP and GEF program officers, and GEF focal points, by Colorado State University and WOCAT Consortium Partner CIAT at UN Environment in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Global Landscapes Forum in Accra, Ghana

On 29-30 October 2019, the Global Landscapes Forum was convened in Accra, Ghana, with a focus on restoring the degraded ecosystems on the world’s largest continent. More than 500 participants joined. The session ‘Sustainable RangelandManagement in a Changing Environment: An Introduction to Good Practices’ and the AsaseFest Session ‘Pastoralism: participatory rangeland mapping’ put the often forgotten rangelands and pastoralism in the spot light of the GLF/Restoration map with great success.

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Official kick-off of Tools4LDN project

The inception workshop of the GEF-funded Project ‘Tools for Land Degradation Neutrality’ together with Conservation International - Global Environment Facility (CI-GEF), Conservation International - Moore Center for Science (CI-MSC), University of Bern/WOCAT, University of Colorado (Land PKS), and University of California - Santa Barbara, took place on 30-31 October 2019, at the Arizona State University Washington Center. The project will support countries in monitoring and reporting of the SDG15 on LDN.

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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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Strategy

The WOCAT “International Strategy” for 2015–2018 draws on the wealth of experience gathered in the WOCAT programme since its launch in 1992. A new WOCAT 2020+ is under preparation.

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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.

» Learn more about the Global SLM Database
WOCAT/SLM knowledge products

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

» Discover the WOCAT/SLM knowledge products
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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