WOCAT is a network of SLM specialists from all over the world. Currently, there are more than 2000 registered users, over 60 participating institutions, and around 30 national / regional initiatives. The global Network is formalized by the Framework Agreement defining the WOCAT Network as WOCAT International, and WOCAT Regional and National. WOCAT is organised as an open consortium of national and international institutions and operates in a decentralised manner. This means that it is carried out through initiatives at regional and national levels, with backstopping from experienced members of the consortium.
At the global level, WOCAT is co-ordinated by the Steering Committee of WOCAT International consisting of 8 Consortium Partners (CDE, CIAT, GIZ, FAO, ISRIC, ICIMOD, ICARDA, SDC) which have a shared responsibility for the functioning of the WOCAT Network, assisted by the global secretariat. Task forces are set up to further develop initiatives and tools, and to support national and regional institutions. Biennial global WOCAT Network meetings provide a basis for exchange on progress with different initiatives and for directing future activities.
At the national and regional levels, WOCAT is included in specific projects, is mainstreamed in local programmes, and may become part of a national strategy. Its tools are used to document and evaluate local SLM successes and to share them with others. Rather than prescribing what users must do, WOCAT enables practitioners and decision-makers to make informed choices about implementing and scaling up good SLM practices.
Meanwhile, there is considerable experience available on how to start, organise and maintain national and regional initiatives. This experience is made available in the form of guidelines and through the personal support of members of the WOCAT consortium.
- WOCAT provides all methodological tools and guidelines to national and regional institutions to carry out their own initiatives according to their needs.
- The main activities are carried out by national and regional institutions.