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.


Official launch of the FAO e-learning course: Transformational approach to sustainability

The course will build the competencies needed to transform the way practitioners manage dryland forests, with a focus on increasing sustainability whilst retaining the benefits of other interventions. It targets programme and project managers, field practitioners, policy makers and anyone interested in sustainable development of drylands. The launch event will take place on Zoom on 29 March 2023, 10.00-11.30 CEST, and includes high-level speakers, experts and partners who will discuss some of the course’s topics in detail. There will be interpretation in English, French and Farsi.

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Mapping Land Degradation and SLM workshop for ProSoil Countries

On February 28th WOCAT organized a workshop with GIZ for the seven ProSoil countries and its national partners. The workshop introduced participants to the WOCAT-FAO Mapping Questionnaire (QM), showed them examples of the application of the QM around the globe and participants discussed its utilization in the ProSoil project landscapes. Furthermore, the concept of convergence of evidence was presented, participants familiarized with the use of Google Earth Engine (GEE) in the context of land degradation, SLM and LDN, and the GEE decision support apps for LDN showcased.

» Visit the GEE decision support apps


WOCAT-FAO Survey on SLM South-South Collaboration

WOCAT and FAO set up a survey to gather information from different actors working in the field of SLM and land restoration about their expertise and interest in South-South knowledge exchange. A Portuguese version of the survey is open until 31 March 2023 and all partners form Lusophone countries are kindly invited to fill out the survey.

» Access the survey in Portuguese here
New IFAD-WOCAT publication on supporting extension services to scale up SLM

IFAD and WOCAT jointly prepared the publication "Supporting Extension Services to Scale Up Sustainable Land Management: The potential of WOCAT’s tools and methods". Based on 119 SLM practices in Cambodia, Laos and Uganda, this publication shows smallholders prioritized SLM solutions that directly benefited them: the participatory farmer-centred approach is a powerful means of uncovering those practices that improved well-being, whether in terms of food or income. 

» Download the publication here
Ecuador's participatory workshop to estimate SDG indicator 15.3.1

Ecuador is preparing its national report for UNCCD's PRAIS 4 reporting, including the SDG indicator 15.3.1 on degraded land. WOCAT has supported the Ministry of Environment to improve its estimations with national data & expert knowledge. A workshop was held in January with experts from WOCAT, FAO, CONDESAN and more to improve mapping of land degradation neutrality sub-indicators. A cloud-based tool was also developed to explore land productivity dynamics.

» Explore Ecuador's Land Productivity Dynamicy Maps here
Progress of data on Report of Dry and Degraded Lands of Panama

The Vice Minister of Environment of Panama verifies progress of data on Report of Dry and Degraded Lands of Panama. Previously, a series of workshops organized by the Ministry of Environment of Panama, FAO and WOCAT has trained national experts in the use of Google Earth Engine and Trends.Earth to calculate the Land Degradation Neutrality indicators and gather information on the current state of dry and degraded lands in Panama.

» Read more (in Spanish)
WOCAT supports LDN

“Land degradation neutrality” means the maintenance and increase of the amount of healthy and productive land resources, in line with national development priorities.

» learn more about WOCAT's LDN activities here
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 good SLM practices compilations, guidelines, videos, factsheets, papers or other media?

» discover WOCAT's knowledge products

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