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.


GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World - One Health

Join WOCAT at the GLF: Session led by WOCAT on Rangeland Health Restoration in collaboration with ILRI, IUCN, WWF, World Bank and other partners on October 29, 8:30-10:00. Session on Assessing Capacity Nees to shape the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration's knowledge and learning plan with FAO, UNEP and partners on October 28, 15:00-15:45.

» Visit the Conference webiste


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
Collaboration with EU LANDMARC Project

WOCAT is collaborating with the EU-funded project on Land-use based Mitigation for Resilient Climate pathways (LANDMARC). The Project will answer the question about the realistic potential for agriculture, forestry, and other land use sectors to enhance the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere.

» Find more information about the Project on the WOCAT project page
Paper: Estimating the global potential of water harvesting from successful case studies

A recent paper in Global Environmental Change from a collaboration between the Stockholm Resilience Centre, WOCAT and the University of Florence, explores the global potential of SLM to increase crop production. It provides a new methodology based on global spatial data and the WOCAT database to support the out-scaling of existing, successful, documented SLM Technologies. The methodology is scalable and aims at supporting decision making on replication and transferability of SLM at a national to regional scale. Currently, the methodology is being applied to Uganda as a first national case study.

» download the paper
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 new GEF/CI project Tools4LDN website, the LDN training at CRIC Guyana and Scientific articles on LDN.

» 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
SLM training materials

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

» go to the WOCAT training materials