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.


Desertification and Drought Day 2021

The 2021 Desertification and Drought Day  held on 17 June will focus on turning degraded land into healthy land.

Land restoration can contribute greatly to post-COVID19 economic recovery. Investing in land restoration creates jobs and generates economic benefits, and could provide livelihoods at a time when hundreds of millions of jobs are being lost.  Ibrahim Thiaw, UNCCD Executive Secretary

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WOCAT and UNCCD event 'Restoring Life to the Land' for the UNDER launch, June 1 2021

As part of the official launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (UNDER)  we will present our 'Restoring Life to the Land - the Role of SLM in Ecosystem Restoration' joint publication with the UNCCD. Panelists from the WOCAT network, namely ICIMOD, ICARDA, Uganda Landcare Network and NGO GREAD Niger, will share their experiences in SLM good practices implementation on the ground to support ecosystem restoration.

» download the summary publication here
FAO-led Task Force on Best Practices UNDER event, June 1 2021

Join us for the Launchpad 'Disseminating knowledge and developing capacities for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030: A Task Force on Best Practices. This session will bintroduce the key products developed by the task force, including a set of guiding principles for Ecosystem Restoration, the key findings of a global capacity needs assessment, and the template of good practice, followed by a panel discussion on knowledge dissemination.

» missed the event? watch it here
GLF Africa - Restoring Africa's Drylands, 2-3 June 2021

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

» Missed the event? Watch the session on ‘Building partnerships for rangeland restoration in Africa’ with a contribution of WOCAT here


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.

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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.

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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
SLM knowledge products

Are you looking for global or national SLM compilations, collections, guidelines, videos, factsheets, papers or other media?

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