WOCAT news - announcement 16th WWSM

Dear WOCAT member

We are pleased to share some WOCAT news and to announce the 16th WOCAT Workshop and Steering Meeting (WWSM).

Announcement of WOCAT / IECA Share Fair and 16th WOCAT Workshop and Steering Meeting (WWSM) in Johannesburg, South Africa

We are pleased to announce that the next WOCAT workshop will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 May to 1 June 2013. We will start with a 2-day WOCAT / IECA (International Erosion Control Association) Share Fair which will bring together main donors and institutions active in Southern Africa. The Share Fair will be followed by a 1 day field trip highlighting the mapping experience in South Africa and the 16th WOCAT Workshop and Steering Meeting (4 days).

Please save the date. More details will be shared soon.

Please plan to arrive in Johannesburg on Sunday, 26 May and plan your departure on Saturday, 1 June in the evening or Sunday, 2 June 2013.

We are looking forward to your presence and to a fruitful event.

Videos on Sustainable Land Management

We are happy to inform you that now there are some videos on sustainable land management (Tajikistan and Kenya) and of the WWSMs (Workshops and Steering Committee Meetings) available on our website. To see the videos please go to https://www.wocat.net/en/knowledge-base/documentation-analysis/videos.html

WOCAT technologies and approaches available in Google Earth

All case studies from the WOCAT database can now be viewed in Google Earth. All the case studies are now constantly automatically updated in Google Earth if the coordinates are available. The case studies on Google Earth are accessible through the QT database and the website.

Please visit the following link for more information.


WOCAT at the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference and the CST Session

The UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference will be held in Fortaleza, Brazil, during the 3rd special session of the Committee for Science and Technology (CST S-3). The scientific conference will be the main part of this session. For more information please visit the UNCCD website http://2sc.unccd.int/home/.

The conference is expected to produce sound scientific outputs and policy-oriented recommendations based on the analysis and compilation of peer reviewed and published literature that informs policy formulation and dialogue. These recommendations shall be submitted to the CST and COP for their consideration. The recommendations should provide a clear picture of available options and possible scenarios for decision makers on the economic assessment of desertification, land degradation and sustainable land management in affected areas.

WOCAT will have a joint special session on “Adapting to climate change and disaster risk reduction through sustainable land management: experiences in Tajikistan, East Africa and Mongolia” and will provide presentations in other sessions.

New book: Desire for Greener Land

Options for Sustainable Land Management in Drylands

The new WOCAT Publication "Desire for Greener Land" has just been published in 2012. It has been written in the framework of the DESIRE project and compiles options for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in drylands.

The book describes the DESIRE approach and WOCAT methodology for a range of audiences, from local agricultural advisors to scientists and policymakers.

The book also includes an analysis of the current context of degradation and SLM in the study sites, in addition to analysis of the SLM technologies and approaches trialed in the DESIRE project.

Finally, conclusions and policy points are presented for decision makers, the private sector, civil society, donors, and the research community. These are intended to support people’s efforts to invest wisely in the sustainable management of land – enabling greener drylands to become a reality, not just a desire.

To download the book please go to https://www.wocat.net/en/knowledge-base/documentation-analysis/recent-publications.html

New: National overview book

Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Tajikistan

We are pleased to announce that within the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in Tajikistan 46 Technologies and 24 Approaches have been documented in the WOCAT online database and published in a book.

The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), approved in November 2008, was the first program developed and operational under the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF), which is one of two funds within the design of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The PPCR aims to pilot and demonstrate ways in which climate risk and resilience may be integrated into core development planning and implementation. In this way, the PPCR provides incentives for scaled-up action and initiates transformational change.

This book is available in English and Russian. Co-published by CDE, WOCAT, Camp Kuhiston and the University of Central Asia.


New regional WOCAT knowledge hubs launched

Oriental Near East - SNOCAT

The SNOCAT initiative was launched in June 2012 in Beirut, Lebanon by the FAO Sub-regional Office for the Oriental Near East (SNO) for the countries Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon Sudan and Syria. A plan of action for the initiative was drafted and currently (Nov) a training on QT, QA and QM is taking place.

ASOCON (Asia Soil Conservation Network)

In March 2012 an ASOCON meeting was held in Quezon City, in the Philippines. As one of the important outputs of the workshop, a Resolution was passed by the participants to revitalize ASOCON. One of the agreements as provided in the Resolution is that ASOCON will serve as the regional representative to WOCAT in Asia. The Philippines will serve as the new coordination unit (CU) replacing Indonesia as concurred by participating countries.

Best wishes from the WOCAT Secretariat