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.


Global Observance of 2020 Desertification and Drought Day, June 17th - Watch the WOCAT video online!

This year's Desertification and Drought Day  runs under the slogan “Food. Feed. Fibre.” and seeks to educate individuals on how to reduce their personal impact. Watch the WOCAT video at around 11:25 CEST during the UNCCD global observance event on UNCCD twitter, facebook or youtube!

» check out the detailed programme here
Adaptation Futures 2020 Conference

Postponed to 29 September - 1 October 2020.

WOCAT will be involved in several sessions around the topics of SLM on- and offsite impacts, carbon benefits, co-creation of knowledge and equity and fairness in climate change adaptation. Details will follow soon.

» Visit the AF conference website


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
Photobook: Salinization in Drylands

A new Photobook by the Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, seeks to inform about the nature of salt accumulation in soils of drylands and the challenges faced in achieving sustainable land management with agricultural potential from salt affected soils.

» Download the Photobook
Scaling up SLM in Uganda, workshop with the Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services, 20 February 2020

Within the farmework of the IFAD grant Scaling up SLM with smallholder farmers the WOCAT partner Uganda Landcare Network (ULN) carried out a workshop with the Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (UFAAS) and stakeholders from the public and private sector, academia, landcare groups, farmer organizations and others to mainstream and align SLM in the UFAAS and the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) modalities of operations.

» Read more about the Scaling up SLM project
UNCCD and WOCAT renew partnership, February 2020

WOCAT renewed its partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to jointly boost the uptake of SLM around the world through strengthened global partnership. The agreement was signed by the Deputy Executive Secretary of UNCCD, Mr. Pradeep Monga, and WOCAT Director, Mr. Hanspeter Liniger, on behalf of the WOCAT Consortium.

» Read the news article on the UNCCD website
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
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 SLM knowledge products

Are you looking for WOCAT/SLM books, videos, factsheets, papers or other media?

» Discover the WOCAT/SLM knowledge products
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.

» Discover the projects and initiatives
SLM training materials

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

» Go to the WOCAT training materials