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.


GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World - One Health

Join WOCAT at the GLF: Session led by WOCAT on Rangeland Health Restoration in collaboration with ILRI, IUCN, WWF, World Bank and other partners on October 29, 8:30-10:00. Session on Assessing Capacity Nees to shape the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration's knowledge and learning plan with FAO, UNEP and partners on October 28, 15:00-15:45.

» Visit the Conference webiste


New collaboration with LANDMARC Project

WOCAT is collaborating with the EU-funded project on Land-use based Mitigation for Resilient Climate pathways (LANDMARC). The Project will answer the question about the realistic potential for agriculture, forestry, and other land use sectors to enhance the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere.

» Find more information about the Project on the WOCAT project page
New Paper: Estimating the global potential of water harvesting from successful case studies

A recent paper in Global Environmental Change from a collaboration between the Stockholm Resilience Centre, WOCAT and the University of Florence, explores the global potential of SLM to increase crop production. It provides a new methodology based on global spatial data and the WOCAT database to support the out-scaling of existing, successful, documented SLM Technologies. The methodology is scalable and aims at supporting decision making on replication and transferability of SLM at a national to regional scale. Currently, the methodology is being applied to Uganda as a first national case study.

» download the paper
WOCAT External Evaluation Report: now available online

For the Evaluation Report Anna Tengberg (SIWI) assessed together with Cryton Zazu & Hanan Seid the impacts that WOCAT has achieved after more than 25 years of operation. A combination of methods was used, including documentation review, a questionnaire survey sent out to the entire network, semi-structured interviews with key informants, participation in the 19th global WOCAT Network Meeting in mid-May 2019, and field visits to four countries.

The lessons learnt and recommendations of this report have all been addressed and integrated in the development of the new WOCAT 2020+ strategy that will be launched by the end of this year.

» download the Evaluation Report here
HE Minister of Agriculture Uganda launches SLM Collection, Kampala 20 July 2020

Today, HE Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry, Fisheries, Uganda, launched the 'SLM Collection from Northern Uganda and beyond' prepared by WOCAT partner Uganda Landcare Network (ULN) in collaboration with extension services and the National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) with support from IFAD. The event took place during the Uganda Froum for Agriculture Advisory Services (UFAAS) national extension e-symposium 2020.

» download the SLM collection here
On- and Offsite Benefits of SLM – new project page online

Learn about the benefits of good land management onsite and offsite with a series of videos, policy briefs and other materials from Haiti, Colombia, India and Iceland. SLM goes far beyond improving productivity of the land and benefitting land users – it is for the benefit of all.

» visit the new project page
COVID-19 Dispatches from the Ground: new short reports from WOCAT partners

In this new series, WOCAT partners share insights on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting land use, agriculture, and small farmers in their region. The short reports reveal the distinct ways that authorities and people on the ground in different settings are responding to a common threat.

» read the dispatches from different countries
QGIS and Watershed Tool Training for Central Asian countries

From June 15-19, 2020 an online training on QGIS and the WOCAT watershed tool for 70 participants from Central Asian countries took place. This is part of a series of trainings in the framework of the GEF/FAO CACILM II project organized by WOCAT and partners to support countries in mapping land degradation and SLM.

» read more about CACILM II
Carbon Benefits online training for Central Asian countries

In the week of 25 May 2020 almost 100 participants from Central Asia countries are participating in an online training course on the Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) Tools within the framework of the Central Asian Countries Initiative for Land Management (CACILM II) project. The training will allow participants to calculate carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emmissions associated with land management projects and report on the impacts of activities on climate change mitigation.

» check out CBP tutorials and training materials
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 the new GEF/CI project Tools4LDN website, the LDN training at CRIC Guyana and Scientific articles on LDN.

» read more about SLM and SDG 15
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?

» discover the knowledge products
SLM training materials

Discover and download the WOCAT SLM training materials with presentations on the different tools and methods, and video instructions. The training materials are available in English, French and Spanish.

» go to the WOCAT training materials