Dear WOCAT member

We are pleased to share some WOCAT news with you.

SLM online user needs survey

Your opinion is needed!

Take part in the Sustainable Land Management (SLM) User Needs Survey.

Are you a natural resources/agriculture expert, project manager, field technician, policy maker, WOCAT network member or another SLM stakeholder? We want to hear your voice. Your opinion on the SLM Knowledge Management (KM) and Decision Support (DS) methods, tools and products developed by FAO and WOCAT is very valuable to us. Help us to improve the existing SLM KM and DS tools by taking part in this survey.

Start the survey.

Running from now until 13 May, 2013.

Videos on Sustainable Land Management

WOCAT started to use videos as an innovative audiovisual tool to support and complement WOCAT knowledge on innovative SLM technologies and approaches. Through the combination of audiovisual information, based on local experiences and scientific knowledge on SLM, a powerful package for knowledge sharing and decision-making in SLM is created for use by different stakeholders and for various purposes. The aim is to apply video in promoting SLM by reaching out to a broad range of stakeholders acting as intermediaries between land users in rural development.

Please visit the latest videos on the following link.

  • Video trailor on “building resilience – people with greener land” showed at the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference and at the 11th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 11) held in Bonn, Germany from 9 to 19 April, 2013.
  • Video trailor on “reducing the human made drought” showed at the side event at the High Level Meeting on National Drought Policy, 11 - 15 March 2013, Geneva.

 

WOCAT at the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference held in Bonn, Germany from 9 to 12 April, 2013

The UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference on "Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas" was held from 9 – 12 April 2013 in Bonn, Germany, during the 3rd special session of the Committee for Science and Technology (CST S-3). The WOCAT Secretariat, the WOCAT Management (CDE, FAO, ISRIC) and WOCAT members were actively participating at the conference and delivering various conference papers and special sessions. The Preliminary Conference Report is available now!

WOCAT at the 11th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 11) held in Bonn, Germany from 15 to 19 April, 2013.

The WOCAT Secretariat, the WOCAT Management (CDE, FAO, ISRIC) and WOCAT members participated at the CRIC 11 in Bonn. WOCAT replied to the UNCCD call on the identification of primary databases for UNCCD best SLM practices and was able to make a presentation at the CRIC 11 plenary session (item 7).

Furthermore, WOCAT-LADA-DESIRE organized a side event on “SLM Best Practices reporting and decision support for UNCCD implementation –Experiences from countries using WOCAT-LADA-DESIRE tools for assessing LD and effectiveness of SLM”. The side event was attended by a mixed group of interested countries in using WOCAT-LADA-DESIRE tools for assessing LD and effectiveness of SLM in their respective countries.

Blog on gender, land and food security

SDC/CDE is pleased to invite anyone with an interest in questions of gender, land and food security to share ideas and jointly work on these issues during the following six weeks. This blog will be provided by the SDC agriculture and food security network, in cooperation with the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern. We are happy to learn from the WOCAT partners and to share insights with respect to gender, land and food which will hopefully be inspiring for our daily work.

Please visit the blog.