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.


Adaptation Futures 2020 Conference, 27-30 April New Delhi, India

Joint WOCAT at the Adaptation Futures 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.

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Africa Climate Week, 20-24 April Kampala, Uganda

Get ready for the Africa Climate Week, focusing on Partnering for transformation towards a low-carbon climate resilient and prosperous Africa: Managing Climate Risks, Seizing Transformation Opportunities. WOCAT partner Uganda Landcare Network (ULN) will be present to tell about their efforts in Scaling-up SLM in Northern Uganda.

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Inception workshop for the new sand and dust storms (SDS), 13 February 2020 toolbox at UNCCD

WOCAT and WOCAT Consortium Partner ICARDA, together with other international organizations, participated in the inception workshop for the sand and dust storms (SDS) toolbox at UNCCD headquarters in Bonn. The development of the toolbox was requested by UNCCD parties at COP 14.

» Read the news article on the UNCCD website
GEF Impact Programme Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Agency Partner Meeting, 29-30 January 2020

WOCAT participated in the Agency Partners Meeting of the Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Impact Programme at FAO headquarters in Rome. The meeting provided an opportunity to inform the design of the Global Coordination Project which will, amongst others, create linkages to the LDN pathway, support opportunities for public and private investment, and manage knowledge at regional and global level.

» Visit the FAO website for more information
ISRIC Spring School 2020 - Apply now!

Interested in soils? Check out the ISRIC Spring School 2020: World Soils and their Assessment Course.

» Check out the details of the course


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
High-level launch and ToT on Sustainable Dev. and SLM Curriculum at Royal Univ. of Agriculture Cambodia, 13-17 January 2020

High-level Launch of the Sustainable Development and Sustainable Land Management Curriculum with the Under Secretary of State Cambodia, Vice-Rector of the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) Cambodia, and the Swiss Development Cooperation in Phnom Penh. The launch is followed by a one-week training of RUA lecturers on the content of the curriculum, focusing on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) approaches.

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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.

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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 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