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.

Supporting Partner of:

UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration


World Soil Day 2020: Webinar Managing Soils for a Sustainable Future - a toolset

Join WOCAT on the occasion of World Soil Day 2020, December 7th 13:00-14:00 to learn how you can estimate the carbon benefits of SLM! A one-hour webinar organized with Colorado State University, GEF/UNEP, ISRIC and the Centre for Development and Environment will introduce you to the linked tools of the Carbon Benefits Project and WOCAT.

» watch the recorded webinar here
GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World - One Health

Watch the full WOCAT/ IUCN session on the Rangeland Health Restoration initiative on the GLF website.

» Read the session's white paper and watch the video here


Scaling SLM in Bosnia and Herzegovina: new book

Learn how Bosnia and Herzegovina is mainstreaming and scaling out SLM practices in this new publication by WOCAT partners from the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

» Read the publication
AFAAS and WOCAT sign MoU to support extension in SLM

The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and WOCAT will work together to enhance capacities of extension services and farmers in SLM and support the scaling of SLM innovations in Africa.

» Learn more about AFAAS
IICA and WOCAT sign MoU for collaboration in the Americas

Partnering for impact: IICA, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, and WOCAT signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to strengthen SLM activities and promote healthy soils in agricultural and livestock production systems in the Americas.

» visit the IICA website
Video: SLM in Response to Land Degradation and Climate Change in Lao PDR

Watch the video produced by WOCAT partner National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) Lao PDR as part of the project Scaling up SLM by smallholder farmers and learn about land degradation and SLM in Lao PDR.

» watch the video
Video: SLM in Response to Land Degradation and Climate Change in Cambodia

Watch the video produced by WOCAT partner Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) Cambodia as part of the project Scaling up SLM by smallholder farmers and learn about land degradation and SLM in Cambodia.

» watch the video
Global Rangeland Initiative - Awareness for Action

Watch the trailer  presented at the Global Landscapes Forum Biodiversity 2020, 28-29 Oct. 2020, to raise awareness for rangelands and call for global attention and action.

Rangelands provide irreplacable services to humanity living in and outside the rangelands. Yet, they are threatened and neglected.

» Watch the video
New collaboration brings WOCAT SLM knowledge to farmers and extension agents

We are happy to announce WOCAT’s partnership with farmbetter Ltd., a social enterprise developing digital solutions for smallholder farmers and extension. The farmbetter app (in development) draws on WOCAT SLM data to provide farmers with SLM solutions matching their needs and context to improve their climate resilience and livelihoods.

» Visit farmbetter for more information
WOCAT supports Land Degradation Neutrality

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 Tools4LDN website, the LDN training at CRIC Guyana, Scientific articles on LDN.

For questions or support, contact us!

» 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