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.


New publication available from Cambodia "Working towards Sustainable Land Management - A collection of SLM Technologies from Cambodia"

A new Compilation of SLM Technologies from Cambodia was created by the Royal University of Agriculture Cambodia within the project Scaling-up SLM by smallholder farmers - Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Uganda. The publication is available in English and Khmer.

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8th Steering Committee Meeting of the WOCAT Consortium

The WOCAT Consortium held their 8th Steering Committee Meeting at GIZ in Bonn. Next to the outputs of the LDN workshop, the Consortium partners also discussed the future of WOCAT, the ongoing collaboration with UNCCD, and exchanged new insights and experiences on projects for SLM.

» Learn more aobut the organisational strucutre of WOCAT
Successful LDN mapping workshop in Bonn

The WOCAT Consortium partners ISRIC, GIZ and organized a workshop to discuss the ne project proposal for a Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) mapping tool. Actors, among them various UNCCD focal points, from local, national and global level have participated in the workshop, sharing their experience and needs to report on SDG 15.3.

» Learn more about SDG 15
Learning to use the land so it produces fewer greenhouse gases

The Carbon Benefit Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UN Environment, was designed to help land management projects to evaluate their “carbon benefits”. The GEF published a new article on the CBP tools on their website.

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WOCAT training in Colombia

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), a WOCAT Consortium Partner, held a training on the WOCAT tools and methods in Colombia this August. Representatives of the Rural Agricultural Planning Unit (UPRA), the Rural Development Agency (ADR), the Institute of Geography Agustín Codazzi (IGAC), the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) and the University of Applied Sciences and Environment  (UDCA) participated in the training.

» Read more about the training
Learning to use the land so it produces fewer greenhouse gases

UNEP has published an article on the aim of the GEF funded Carbon Benefits Project (CBP). This project is working on combining knowledge on carbon sequestration with already existing WOCAT tools and methods.

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Update from the Decision-Support workshop in Thailand in August 2018

In Thailand, the Thai Land Development Department (LDD), FAO and WOCAT are working together in the framework of the DS-SLM project to scale up SLM practices in 4 land degradation affected regions. Thirty five national and regional LDD officers participated in the WOCAT training workshop in Bangkok and around 30 participants joined the two day field work in Chachoengsao Province. The WOCAT standardized Questionnaires and Database were translated into Thai language.

» Learn more about Decision-Support
Conference on integrated evaluation of desertification in Mendoza, Argentina, 25-26 September 2018

The Observatorio Nacional de la Degradación de Tierras y Desertificación (ONDTyD) and the Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de las Zonas Áridas (IADIZA-CONICET) organize the first conference on integrated evaluation of desertification: approaches and socio-environmental methodologies, on 25-26  September 2018 in Mendoza, Argentina.

» More information (only in Spanish)
Cambodia expert group meeting with UNCCD focal point

In Cambodia, the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), partner of WOCAT in the IFAD-funded project ‘Scaling-up SLM with smallholder farmers’, held its yearly National Expert Group meeting attended by UNCCD focal point Dr. Meas Pyseth, RUA Vice Rector Dr. Sok Kunthy, Deputy Director of CARDI Dr. Seng Vang and the Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension Dr. Mao Minea. They discussed the project’s contribution to address land degradation issues and promote SLM practices among stakeholders and farmers in Cambodia thereby contributing to achieving land degradation neutrality.

» Learn more about the SLM activities in Cambodia
WOCAT Manual from Bangladesh

Mr. Jalal Uddin from the Bangladesh Conservation Approaches and Technologies (BANCAT) developed a new manual for the GEF project ‘Establishing National Land Use and Land Degradation Profile Towards Mainstreaming SLM practices in sectors Policies (ENALULDEP/SLM)’ to support project participants to document and implement SLM Technologies and Approaches in hot spots all over the country, contributing to achieving SDG 15 life on land.

» Discover the WOCAT training manual


Side Event on 'Nature-based Solutions for Water: A Smart Approach to Disaster Risk', 28 August, 2018, at the World Water Week in Stockholm

The side event by the Swiss NGO DRR Platform and partners will explore different components for the successful implementation of Nature-based Solutions for Water, based on case studies from the joint publication with WOCAT on good practices in Disaster Risk Reduction https://www.wocat.net/library/media/122/

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Global Land Forum, Indonesia, 22 – 27 September 2018

Every two-three years, ILC organises the Global Land Forum (GLF). This unique event brings together ILC members and other stakeholders from grassroots organisations, activists, local and international NGOs, and researchers, to multilateral organisations and government agencies from around the world to advance understanding of the complex and dynamic political, economic, environmental and social linkages between land governance, food security, poverty and democracy.

» Go to the website
World Water Week - 26 – 31 August, 2018, Stockholm

The UN focuses on “nature-based solutions” as the theme for the 2018 World Water Day and World Water Development Report. The aim of this week is to align the present 2018 Thematic Scope with this, and to go further to explore the wider water, ecosystems and human development agenda.

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Training Workshop on WOCAT tools, 6-9 August 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Training Workshop on WOCAT SLM Technologies and Approaches Questionnaires and Database, 6-9 August 2017, Bangkok, Thailand organized within the framework of the GEF/DS-SLM project together with FAO, WOCAT and the Land Development Department Thailand.

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Training workshop on participatory co-management of natural resources including the WOCAT decision support tools, 9 – 12 July 2018, Midelt, Morocco

Training workshop on participatory co-management of natural resources organized within the framework of the FAO project on Participatory and integrated watershed management project for erosion control (GCP/MOR/050/SWI). CDE, University of Bern, and the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) held the workshop with a strong focus on participatory rangeland management. The project has documented 11 SLM Technologies and 4 SLM Approaches.

» Discover the SLM practices in the Global SLM Database

The WOCAT “International Strategy” for 2015–2018 draws on the wealth of experience gathered in the WOCAT programme since its launch in 1992. This includes important areas such as funding.

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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 knowledge products

Are you looking for the WOCAT 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.

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