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.


How WOCAT-FAO use Google Earth Engine Apps to map Land Degradation

The event is organized by Crowd2Map Tanzania and is happening 29 November from 12-13h30 CET. WOCAT and FAO Geospatial specialists, Ingrid Teich and César Luis Garcia will demonstrate how they map land degradation and share UNCCD recommended methodology as well as methodologies for participatory mapping of degradation from our Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands project. Youth mappers and more - join us!

» Register to follow the event on Monday 29 November 2021, 12h-13h30 CET.
GEF Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program

On November 18th, the Global Environment Facility Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program (DSL IP) was presented during the COFO Working Group on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems. The DSL IP is implemented in 11 countries, globally coordinated by FAO in collaboration with two executing partners, IUCN and WOCAT. If you are interested to know more, please subscribe to the newsletter here

» Learn more about the DSL IP
Scaling-up community driven innovations for inclusive climate change adaptation

Join us for the IFAD event at COP26 where practitioners discuss approaches that value diversity, local knowledge and experimentations and the key lessons for scaling them up and delivering to the last mile.

Among the Panelists: Nicole Harari, WOCAT Executive Team member

» Register here to follow the event on Zoom on Thursday, 11 November 2021, 09:00 – 10:30 GMT


December Newsletter

WOCATeers it has been a while - the December newsletter is out! Find out about the latest achievements of WOCAT from a new framework agreement and strategy to the latest news on events, tools and knowledge products in our newsletter. You may also find updates on changes made to the website. Check it out to know more about turning theory in SLM into practice through tools, exchanges, platforms and programs covering themes from water, gender, dryland, drought, climate change and sand dust storms to land degradation. 

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Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings from WOCAT! We thank individuals, organizations and our donors that have contributed to SLM and that have committed to our generation restoration. In 2022, we have a concrete wishlist in order to turn theory in SLM into practice. Climate change, biodiversity, sustainability and decentralization in development will be at the heart of our agenda to make sure to reduce land degradation. We are happy to start next year with a new Framework Agreement signed by all consortium partners including, FAO, ISRIC, CIAT, ICARDA, ICIMOD, GIZ and CDE and a new strategy to kick start 2022 with clear pathways to achieve our goal of becoming a leader in spreading SLM practices worldwide.

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Sand and Duststorms/ Drought Project with UNCCD

WOCAT and UNCCD Secretariat have started the project ‘Alignment and improved access of the WOCAT knowledge through the UNCCD Drought and SDS Toolboxes’, focusing on enhancing the WOCAT SLM practices dataset for exchanging good practices related to drought and SDS, and embedding those in the existing UNCCD Drought Toolbox as well as the SDS Toolbox under development.

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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 the LDN related WOCAT activities
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

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