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.


Leaders to Launch International Drought Resilience Alliance at COP 27

World leaders will launch a new alliance to boost drought resilience on Monday, 7 November 2022, at the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Change Conference in Egypt. The high-level launch event, jointly convened by Senegal and Spain, titled, International Drought Resilience Alliance, will take place from 17:00-18:00hrs local time.

World leaders recognize the urgent need to shift drought management approaches from the current emergency response to resilience. The Alliance is envisioned as a collaborative platform to rally political momentum and trigger actions that support countries, cities, and communities to enable this shift and significantly reduce their vulnerability, impact and exposure to extreme drought.

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Scenarios 4 Integrated Land Use Planning (S4ILUP) Workshop Series

Are you a land use planner or practitioner versed in science and technology? 

Apply to November "Scenarios for Integrated Land Use Planning (S4ILUP)" workshop series, focused on horizontal integration between the different areas of ILUP as well as vertical integration to address common challenges and needs in evidence-based decision-making on land.

S4ILUP has formed by partners from UNCCD, FAO, the ELD Initiative, the GEO-LDN Initiative and WOCAT to identify challenges and best practices, facilitate the dialogue between data users and providers, support the development and accessibility of better tools for ILUP.

» Register to the workshop series here
WOCAT and the UNCCD : Your Source of Knowledge on Agroecology Good Practices ?

During the 2022 International civil society Summit «Desertif'actions» taking place from 5 to 8 October in Montpellier, WOCAT and UNCCD will hold a joint session on tools, knowledge, partnership and services to bring Sustainable Land Management and Agroecology to scale by context. The session will start at 18.00 local time and Dr. Rima Mekdaschi Studer, SLM expert of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at University of Bern, will present "WOCAT: Good Practices and an Open Network - Bringing SLM/Agroecology to Scale" and moderate the panel discussion.

» Register to the International Summit here


New National Book

The new publication "Gestion intégrée des bassins versants et gestion durable des terres dans la région de Midelt au Moyen Atlas, Maroc" is a case study analysis on integrated watershed management and sustainable land management in the Midelt region in the Middle Atlas, Morocco. The book was prepared jointly by the Centre for Environment and Development (CDE) and the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL).

» Find this and other National Books and Factsheets here
WOCAT Training for ProSoil project in Benin

In Bohicon, Benin, professionals from the main national institutions, ProSOIL/GIZ and a freelance consultancy on SLM participated in a WOCAT training from 22nd to 24th November. This was the fifth of seven trainings organised in seven ProSoil countries under the lead of WOCAT Consortium Partner CIAT-Bioversity. After Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Tunisia, India, and Benin, the last two are planned for Ethiopia and Kenya.

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WOCAT Training for ProSoil project in India

A WOCAT training on documenting SLM Technologies and Approaches was held in Aurangabad, India, from 14 to 16 November 2022. The training included a showcase of the related global WOCAT Database and its modules while prioritizing technologies or approaches to be documented for India. The trainees were drawn from different levels of stakeholder categories, including NGOs and research organizations working on SLM. 

» Read more about ProSoil
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. In particular, partners form Central Asia, Near East, North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean are kindly invited to fill out the survey. 

» Access the survey here
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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