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.


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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Launch of the TerrAfrica publication ‘Sustainable rangeland management in Sub-Saharan Africa – Guidelines to good practice’ at COP14

This new publication will be launched at UNCCD COP14 in India, September 2019 (side event: ‘LDN -restoring balance in our natural and working landscapes’, 4th September from 13:00 to 15:00hrs).

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WOCAT Symposium and WOCAT Network Meeting 2019 was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13-16 May 2019

The WOCAT Symposium and WOCAT Network Meeting 2019 that was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia and jointly co-organized with CIAT Ethiopia, WLRC and WOCAT, was a success thanks to all participants, contributors and co-organizers. At the WOCAT Symposium participants shared their knowledge and discussed about up- and out-scaling SLM and achieving LDN. The following day participants visited the Jema watershed north of Addis Ababa to experience successful SLM implementation. At the WOCAT Network Meeting invited WOCAT experts jointly reflected on the achievements and experiences in applying WOCAT in different countries, institutions and projects, and on how the future of WOCAT should look like. More information will be shared soon here on the WOCAT website.

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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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Training on 'monitoring and assessment of ecosystem services' with WOCAT held on 21-26 October 2019 in Cambodia

A training on 'monitoring and assessment of ecosystem services' with the WOCAT Director Hanspeter Liniger was held within the framework of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) project 'Scaling up Climate Resilient Agriculture (SUCRA)' in Cambodia.

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WOCAT tools training held by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with FAO in Ramallah, Palestine

The training on the use of WOCAT tools on 7-10 October 2019 was attended by about 23 participants from various institutions, including experts in land, agriculture, forests, rangelands and soils. The purpose of the training was to equip participants with the knowledge of evaluation and documentation of  land management practices, identifying good practices for wider scale implementation of SLM practices, making information and data available to planners and decision makers, and enhance the exchange of experiences and lessons among land users, researches and policy makers.

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Central Asian countries and partners met to discuss Central Asian Climate Information Platform (CACIP)

More than 60 delegates from five Central Asian countries gathered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 27 September 2019 to discuss land degradation, climate change impacts and mitigation issues of the region. The event was a joint collaboration of the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the dry Areas (ICARDA) and the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Aral Sea Basin (CAMP4ASB), led by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC). WOCAT presented its engagement in evidence-based decision support for SLM and emphasized what it can offer to the ‘Central Asia Climate Information Platform’ (CACIP).

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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. 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.

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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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