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.


FAO–GLF Digital Forum: Transforming Agrifood Systems with Forests

As part of the the FAO driven 8th World Forest Week, global partners and participants will engage in the virtual knowledge exchange "Transforming Agrifood Systems with Forests" #COFO26 by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF). Ingrid Teich, WOCAT/CDE SLM Expert, will partake as speaker during the 29/9 15:50–17:00 CEST (UTC+2) session, themed "How to improve decision making using better data and the latest tools?".

» Register to the FAO-GLF Digital Forum here
Webinars Series on Rainwater Harvesting (May - December 2022)

Rainwater Harvesting is considered a valuable water source, particularly in arid and semi-arid areas across the world. This webinars series organized by FAO/WEPS-NENA project & Water Scarcity Initiative aims to provide an overview of rainwater harvesting applications and illustrates, with country examples, the diversity of approaches. 

On May 31, Rima Mekdaschi Studer (WOCAT SLM Expert) represented WOCAT in the 1st session of the series (M1/S1: Setting the Scene) and presented the WOCAT Water Harvesting Book.  

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WOCAT Participation at the UNCCD COP15

The UNCCD COP15 was themed “Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity” and involved many events with WOCAT's participation.

» Read more about WOCAT events @ COP15


WOCAT Training in Madagascar

Technologies and Approaches and related global WOCAT Database was held in Antananarivo, Madagascar, for stakeholders from government, NGOs and research organizations. The training is part of a series of trainings in the seven GIZ ProSoil countries, under the lead of WOCAT Consortium Partner CIAT-Biodiversity.

» Read more about ProSoil
New scientific article on participatory land resources planning in Morocco

This paper sheds light on the decision support framework, co-developed with partners and applied in Morocco, the findings from national and subnational assessments of land degradation, as well as the process of participatory planning in selected communities of the Souss-Massa region for evaluation and scaling up of SLM good practices. The process led to the development of a “Territorial Planning Pact” as a tool for land use planning and a 3-year action plan to help decision-makers implement and mainstream SLM in the selected communities and guide similar processes throughout the region.

» Download this and other SLM related scientific articles here
WOCAT training for the ProSoil project in Burkina Faso

As part of the GIZ ProSoil project, a WOCAT training was held in Bobodioulasso, Burkina Faso, from 26 to 28 July to support the documentation of SLM practices used in their work. In addition to 13 participants from GIZ, a member of the UNCCD Focal Point Team was also present. This was the first training of a series of 7 training in the 7 ProSoil countries

» Read more about ProSoil
WOCAT Newsletter July 2022

The July newsletter is out! From WOCAT's participation at the UNCCD COP15 to the latest updates on events & tools & knowledge products, we have news for you.

» Read the newsletter 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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