Events



2022

Leaders to Launch International Drought Resilience Alliance at COP 27

World leaders will launch a new alliance to boost drought resilience on Monday, 7 November 2022, at the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Change Conference in Egypt. The high-level launch event, jointly convened by Senegal and Spain, titled, International Drought Resilience Alliance, will take place from 17:00-18:00hrs local time.

World leaders recognize the urgent need to shift drought management approaches from the current emergency response to resilience. The Alliance is envisioned as a collaborative platform to rally political momentum and trigger actions that support countries, cities, and communities to enable this shift and significantly reduce their vulnerability, impact and exposure to extreme drought.

According to the latest Drought in Numbers report compiled by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), droughts have increased in frequency by 29 percent since 2000, with some 55 million people affected every year. Recent droughts in Australia, Europe, western United States, Chile, the Horn and Southern Africa, show that no country is immune to drought. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects that droughts will be more frequent, severe and last longer. Climate change bears much of the responsibility, but so does how we manage our land and water resources. The IPCC estimates that three out of every four people in the world will be living in drier, water-scare conditions by 2050.

» Follow the livesteam of 7th November World Leaders Summit
Scenarios 4 Integrated Land Use Planning (S4ILUP) Workshop Series

Are you a land use planner or practitioner versed in science and technology? Apply to November "Scenarios for Integrated Land Use Planning (S4ILUP)" workshop series, focused on horizontal integration between the different areas of ILUP as well as vertical integration to address common challenges and needs in evidence-based decision-making on land.

S4ILUP has formed by partners from UNCCD, FAO, the ELD Initiative, the GEO-LDN Initiative and WOCAT to identify challenges and best practices, facilitate the dialogue between data users and providers, support the development and accessibility of better tools for ILUP.

14th November: Experts and Practitioners in Land use planning - Identifying needs of users of land and data involved in ILUP processes.

15th November: Technical provider side - Analyzing academia and data provider approaches and tools.

23rd November: Joint session for all workshop members, providing the opportunity to discuss outcomes and kick-start development of a cross-sectoral ILUP network.

» Register to the workshop series here
WOCAT and the UNCCD : Your Source of Knowledge on Agroecology Good Practices ?

During the 2022 International civil society Summit «Desertif'actions», taking place from 5 to 8 October in Montpellier, WOCAT and UNCCD will hold a joint session on tools, knowledge, partnership and services to bring Sustainable Land Management and Agroecology to scale by context. The session will start at 18.00 local time and Dr. Rima Mekdaschi Studer, SLM expert of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at University of Bern, will present "WOCAT: Good Practices and an Open Network - Bringing SLM/Agroecology to Scale" and moderate the panel discussion.

» Register to the International Summit here
FAO–GLF Digital Forum: Transforming Agrifood Systems with Forests

As part of the the FAO driven 8th World Forest Week, global partners and participants will engage in the virtual knowledge exchange "Transforming Agrifood Systems with Forests" #COFO26 by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF). The event is aimed at promoting best practices to enhance synergies through agroforestry and towards restoration of agrosilvopastoral lands, as well as the adoption of innovative approaches and technologies supporting integrated landscape planning and informed decision-making.
Ingrid Teich, WOCAT/CDE SLM Expert, will partake as speaker during the 29/9 15:50–17:00 CEST (UTC+2) session, themed "How to improve decision making using better data and the latest tools?". 
Simultaneous interpretation will be available in EN, FR and ES. 
Follow #COFO26 and the 8th World Forest Week also on Twitter and Facebook!

» Register to the FAO-GLF Digital Forum here
Webinars Series on Rainwater Harvesting (May - December 2022)

Rainwater Harvesting is considered a valuable water source, particularly in arid and semi-arid areas across the world. This webinars series organized by FAO/WEPS-NENA project & Water Scarcity Initiative aims to provide an overview of rainwater harvesting applications and illustrates, with country examples, the diversity of approaches. 

On May 31, Rima Mekdaschi Studer (WOCAT SLM Expert) represented WOCAT in the 1st session of the series (M1/S1: Setting the Scene) and presented the WOCAT Water Harvesting Book.  

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WOCAT Participation at the UNCCD COP15

The UNCCD COP15 was themed “Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity” and involved many events with WOCAT's participation.

» Read more about WOCAT events @ COP15
June 17: Desertification and Drought Day

This year's theme of the International Day Against Desertification, and Drought is "Rising up from drought together". It emphasises the need of an early action to avoid disastrous consequences for humanity and the planetary ecosystems.

» Read more about the World Day Against Desertification and Drought

2021

Documentation of SLM Technologies and Approaches

The Sri Lanka Conservation Approaches and Technologies (SRICAT) is organizing a workshop with the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on "Documentation of sustainable land management approaches and technologies" to develop a platform among relevant government agencies, private organizations and individuals to share their SLM experience in Sri Lanka. Visit our channels for more information.  

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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!

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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

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Tools4LDN workshop with Colombia

On 7 September 2021, the first Tools4LDN workshop took place with more than 45 experts representing various national and international institutions, as well as decision makers from the public sector. The participants discussed the importance of data validation and the possibilities to integrate national information and expert knowledge in Colombia´s assessment of land degradation.

A series of upcoming training sessions on different Tools for LDN are planned to include Trends.Earth, LandPKS and the WOCAT SLM data base.

» Learn more about Tools4LDN
Desertification and Drought Day 2021

The 2021 Desertification and Drought Day  held on 17 June will focus on turning degraded land into healthy land.

Land restoration can contribute greatly to post-COVID19 economic recovery. Investing in land restoration creates jobs and generates economic benefits, and could provide livelihoods at a time when hundreds of millions of jobs are being lost.  Ibrahim Thiaw, UNCCD Executive Secretary.

» more information
WOCAT and UNCCD event 'Restoring Life to the Land' for the UNDER launch, June 1 2021

As part of the official launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (UNDER) we presented our 'Restoring Life to the Land - the Role of SLM in Ecosystem Restoration' joint publication with the UNCCD. Panelists from the WOCAT network, namely ICIMOD, ICARDA, Uganda Landcare Network and NGO GREAD Niger, shared their experiences in SLM good practices implementation on the ground to support ecosystem restoration.

» download the summary publication here
FAO-led Task Force on Best Practices UNDER event, June 1 2021

Join us for the Launchpad 'Disseminating knowledge and developing capacities for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030: A Task Force on Best Practices. This session will bintroduce the key products developed by the task force, including a set of guiding principles for Ecosystem Restoration, the key findings of a global capacity needs assessment, and the template of good practice, followed by a panel discussion on knowledge dissemination.

» missed the event? watch it here
GLF Africa - Restoring Africa's Drylands, 2-3 June 2021

On 2-3 June 2021, GLF hosted the first-ever digital conference focused entirely on Africa’s drylands and how integrative restoration practices can see them flourish once again.

» Missed the event? Watch the session on ‘Building partnerships for rangeland restoration in Africa’ with a contribution of WOCAT here
Workshop on Monitoring climate benefits of sustainable land management

On 27-29 April 2021 the Climate-Soil Community of Practice (CoP) initiated by GIZ and the 4 per 1000 Initiative is organising a Workshop on Monitoring climate benefits of sustainable land management with a focus on Soil Organic Carbon. Join us in Session 1 on 27 April, 13:00-15:15 CEST, to learn more about linked tools to choose carbon friendly SLM practices, to estimate SOC impact of SLM activities and to collect compatible data on a mobile phone.

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WOCAT Steering Committee Meeting and Goodbye to WOCAT Director Hanspeter Liniger

On April 1st 2021, the WOCAT Steering Committee with the participation of WOCAT's Consortium Partners ISRIC, ICARDA, FAO, ICIMOD, GIZ, CIAT-Bioversity and CDE endorsed the amended Framework Agreement and new organizational structure. With this, Hanspeter Liniger, long-term WOCAT Director, ends his assignment and hands over his responsibilities to the new WOCAT Executive Team comprised of CDE, ISRIC and ICARDA.

» for more information about WOCAT click here
International Day of Forests - 21 March

On International Forest Day, we share findings that relate land and forests and the interconnections between both. For this day, we have selected our Technologies and Approaches aiming to ensure sustainable land management whilst protecting forests within a particular environment. To learn more, visit our Twitter page and Facebook page and learn here from the Statement by the UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw: “This year’s International Day of Forests theme of ‘Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being’ emphasizes the role forests must play in building a better, heathier and more equitable world as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

» check out SLM Technologies in forests/ woodlands

2020

World Soil Day 2020: Webinar Managing Soils for a Sustainable Future - a toolset

World Soil Day 2020, December 7th 13:00-14:00, webinar to learn how you can estimate the carbon benefits of SLM! Organized with Colorado State University, GEF/UNEP, ISRIC and the Centre for Development and Environment and WOCAT.

» watch the recorded webinar here
GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World - One Health

Watch the full WOCAT/ IUCN session on the Rangeland Health Restoration initiative on the GLF website.

» Read the session's white paper and watch the video here
Global Observance of 2020 Desertification and Drought Day, June 17th

This year's Desertification and Drought Day run under the slogan “Food. Feed. Fibre.” and sought to educate individuals on how to reduce their personal impact. The WOCAT video 'SLM for food, feed, fibre and beyond' was broadcasted during the live event.

» Watch the WOCAT video
Inception workshop for the new sand and dust storms (SDS), 13 February 2020 toolbox at UNCCD

WOCAT and WOCAT Consortium Partner ICARDA, together with other international organizations, participated in the inception workshop for the sand and dust storms (SDS) toolbox at UNCCD headquarters in Bonn. The development of the toolbox was requested by UNCCD parties at COP 14.

» Read the news article on the UNCCD website
GEF Impact Programme Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Agency Partner Meeting, 29-30 January 2020

WOCAT participated in the Agency Partners Meeting of the Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Impact Programme at FAO headquarters in Rome. The meeting provided an opportunity to inform the design of the Global Coordination Project which will, amongst others, create linkages to the LDN pathway, support opportunities for public and private investment, and manage knowledge at regional and global level.

» Visit the FAO website for more information
ISRIC Spring School - Apply now!

Interested in soils? Check out the ISRIC Spring School 2020: World Soils and their Assessment Course.

» Check out the details of the course

2019

Happy World Soil Day!

To stop soil erosion, promote the adoption of Sustainable Land Management practices around the globe! Become part of the WOCAT Network, share your good practices on the Global WOCAT SLM Database and get in touch with other SLM practicioners.

» Check out the WOCAT WSD photo gallery
Regional workshop to kick-start implementation of plans and establishment of Communities of Practice: “Bridging Knowledge Creation and Sharing for Natural Resource Management and Climate Resilience” on 14-15 November 2019 in Rabat, Morocco

This week, a Knowledge Symposium will take place in Rabat, Morocco, organized by the WOCAT Consortium Partner ICARDA and other institutions like CIHEAM-Bari, Procasur, Virginia Tech, IAV Hassan II, supported by the Project’s Partner Institutions and sponsored by IFAD. In the Symposium, WOCAT will discuss with countries the establishment a SLM Community of Practice. For more information contact the WOCAT Secretariat wocat@cde.unibe.ch

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WOCAT Events at COP in New Delhi, India

Join WOCAT at the UNCCD COP14 from 2-13 September, New Delhi, India in one of the 7 side events, the presentation "A global overview on sand and dust storms" or the additional "Carbon Benefits Project (CBP)/WOCAT Training: Estimating theimpact of Land Management Projects on climate change mitigation"

» Read more about the side events
Launch of the TerrAfrica publication ‘Sustainable rangeland management in Sub-Saharan Africa – Guidelines to good practice’ at COP14

This new publication will be launched at UNCCD COP14 in India, September 2019 (side event: ‘LDN -restoring balance in our natural and working landscapes’, 4th September from 13:00 to 15:00hrs). 

» Download the book
WOCAT Symposium and WOCAT Network Meeting 2019 was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13-16 May 2019

The WOCAT Symposium and WOCAT Network Meeting 2019 that was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia and jointly co-organized with CIAT Ethiopia, WLRC and WOCAT, was a success thanks to all participants, contributors and co-organizers. At the WOCAT Symposium participants shared their knowledge and discussed about up- and out-scaling SLM and achieving LDN. The following day participants visited the Jema watershed north of Addis Ababa to experience successful SLM implementation. At the WOCAT Network Meeting invited WOCAT experts jointly reflected on the achievements and experiences in applying WOCAT in different countries, institutions and projects, and on how the future of WOCAT should look like. More information will be shared soon here on the WOCAT website.

» Check out the presentations and posters
Cancelled: Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) and WOCAT Training, 3. - 5.9.19, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Estimating the impact of Land Management Projects on climate change mitigation by using the WOCAT and CBP tools and methods at UNEP in Côte d’Ivoire

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Launch of the TerrAfrica publication ‘Sustainable rangeland management in Sub-Saharan Africa – Guidelines to good practice’ at COP14

This new publication will be launched at UNCCD COP14 in India, September 2019 (side event: ‘LDN -restoring balance in our natural and working landscapes’, 4th September from 13:00 to 15:00hrs).

» Download the book
Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) and WOCAT Training, 9. - 11.9.2019, New Delhi, India

Estimating the impact of Land Management Projects on climate change mitigation by using the WOCAT and CBP tools and methods in New Delhi, India.

» Read more about the training
WOCAT Symposium and WOCAT Network Meeting 2019 was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13-16 May 2019

The WOCAT Symposium and WOCAT Network Meeting 2019 that was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia and jointly co-organized with CIAT Ethiopia, WLRC and WOCAT, was a success thanks to all participants, contributors and co-organizers. At the WOCAT Symposium participants shared their knowledge and discussed about up- and out-scaling SLM and achieving LDN. The following day participants visited the Jema watershed north of Addis Ababa to experience successful SLM implementation. At the WOCAT Network Meeting invited WOCAT experts jointly reflected on the achievements and experiences in applying WOCAT in different countries, institutions and projects, and on how the future of WOCAT should look like. More information will be shared soon here on the WOCAT website.

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3rd Global Meeting of the GEF/FAO Project ‘Decision Support for Mainstreaming and Scaling up Sustainable Land Management’ (DS-SLM) was held in Ankara, Turkey on 24-27 April 2019

The meeting was hosted by the General Directorate of the Combatting Desertification and Erosion of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey. This third and final global meeting gave the opportunity to share and discuss experiences and results amongst the 15 participating countries.

» Learn more about the project
WOCAT training for the CACILM II project in Ankara, Turkey

Regional WOCAT training of trainers for Central Asian countries and Turkey in Ankara within the framework of the Global Environment Facility Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Central Asian countries initiative for Land Management (CACILM) II.

» Learn more about WOCAT projects
WOCAT Symposium 13-14 May 2019 in Ethiopia

The WOCAT Symposium will be hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia and will be held on Monday 13 May to Tuesday 14 May 2019 in Ethiopia, followed by the WOCAT Network Meeting for long-term collaborators and the Steering Committee Meeting.

» Read more about the WOCAT Symposium
17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification

The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed every year on 17 June to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. Many countries, groups and individuals celebrate and observe WDCD by organizing a variety of outreach activities and awareness raising events.

» Learn more about this day
Near East and North Africa Land and Water Days 2019 in Cairo

Join WOCAT at several events: 1st April side event on decision support for SLM with FAO and participation of DS-SLM project partners and the launch of the e-learning course on SLM with CIHEAM and FAO. 2nd April regional initiative to combat land degradation in the Mediterranean with FAO.

» Learn more about it
Save the date: WOCAT Symposium 13-14 May 2019 in Ethiopia

We are pleased to announce to all interested institutions and experts the WOCAT Symposium that will be hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture of Ethiopia and will be held on Monday 13 May to Tuesday 14 May 2019 in Ethiopia.

» Read more about the WOCAT Symposium
“Decision Support for Mainstreaming and Scaling up of Sustainable Land Management (DS-SLM)” Asian Regional Forum, 29 January – 1 February 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand

The four-day Forum is hosted by DS SLM Thailand and is organized jointly by FAO, Land Development Department (LDD), Soil and Fertilizer Society of Thailand (SFST) and the Kasetsart University. The Forum will be held during the Annual Kasetsart University Agricultural Fair to also allow participants to witness a range of agricultural SLM approaches and technologies implemented in Thailand.


» Read more about the DS SLM project
WOCAT at UNCCD CRIC17 in Guyana

WOCAT Director Hanspeter Liniger will participate in the upcoming UNCCD CRIC17 in Georgetown, Guyana, and will present during the LDN training session on 25-26 January 2019.

 

» Learn more about the UNCCD CRIC17

2018

Presentation of the 3rd ed. of the World Atlas of Desertification (WAD)

WOCAT Director Hanspeter Liniger and Claudio Zucca from ICARDA presented with JRC scientists in Brussels the 3rd edition of the World Atlas of Desertification (WAD) to Brussels-based political stakeholders.

» Listen to the interview with JRC scientists
Global Landscapes Forum, 1-2 Dezember, Bonn FAO and WOCAT Side event: Scaling up SLM in the landscape: a framework for decision support

FAO and the WOCAT will present the Decision Support Framework developed within the GEF/FAO project ‘decision support for mainstreaming and scaling out SLM (DS-SLM)’ which provides guidance to countries on scaling up SLM. Representatives from three to four project countries (tentatively Philippines, Colombia, Morocco, and Uzbekistan) and partners will showcase their experiences and processes established for mainstreaming and scaling out SLM in specific landscapes.

» » Go to the website
World Mountain Forum 2018 'Mountains in a Changing World: Strengthening Partnerships and Pathways towards a Thriving Mountain Future'

Today, the World Mountain Forum 2018 has opened. The Forum will be held from 23-26 October 2018 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to advance the agenda on sustainable mountain development by building on past achievements and successes and sets to develop scenarios for a thriving mountain future. At the Forum, WOCAT and the Carbon Benefit Project will be presented by Farrukh Nazarmavlov today and tomorrow.

» » More information about the Forum
Side Event on 'Nature-based Solutions for Water: A Smart Approach to Disaster Risk', 28 August, 2018, at the World Water Week in Stockholm

The side event by the Swiss NGO DRR Platform and partners will explore different components for the successful implementation of Nature-based Solutions for Water, based on case studies from the joint publication with WOCAT on good practices in Disaster Risk Reduction.

» Read more about the side event
Global Land Forum, Indonesia, 22 – 27 September 2018

Every two-three years, ILC organises the Global Land Forum (GLF). This unique event brings together ILC members and other stakeholders from grassroots organisations, activists, local and international NGOs, and researchers, to multilateral organisations and government agencies from around the world to advance understanding of the complex and dynamic political, economic, environmental and social linkages between land governance, food security, poverty and democracy.

» Go to the website
World Water Week - 26 – 31 August, 2018, Stockholm

The UN focuses on “nature-based solutions” as the theme for the 2018 World Water Day and World Water Development Report. The aim of this week is to align the present 2018 Thematic Scope with this, and to go further to explore the wider water, ecosystems and human development agenda.

» Go to the official website
Training Workshop on WOCAT tools, 6-9 August 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Training Workshop on WOCAT SLM Technologies and Approaches Questionnaires and Database, 6-9 August 2017, Bangkok, Thailand organized within the framework of the GEF/DS-SLM project together with FAO, WOCAT and the Land Development Department Thailand.

» Go to the national website
Training workshop on participatory co-management of natural resources including the WOCAT decision support tools, 9 – 12 July 2018, Midelt, Morocco

Training workshop on participatory co-management of natural resources organized within the framework of the FAO project on Participatory and integrated watershed management project for erosion control (GCP/MOR/050/SWI). CDE, University of Bern, and the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) held the workshop with a strong focus on participatory rangeland management. The project has documented 11 SLM Technologies and 4 SLM Approaches.

» Discover the SLM practices in the Global SLM Database
World Water Forum, 18.3 - 23.3, 2018 in Brasília, Brasil

The World Water Forum contributes to the dialogue of the decision-making process on water at the global level, seeking to achieve the rational and sustainable use of this resource. Given its political, technical and institutional scope, one of the Forum’s main features is the open, democratic participation of actors drawn from different sectors.

» Go to the website
WOCAT at the Central Asia Climate Change Conference

WOCAT is presenting at the Central Asia Climate Change Conference in Almaty, 24-25 January 2018 organized by The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) in Session 3. BEST PRACTICES AND TECHNOLOGIES: Global challenges – local actions.

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2017

WOCAT at UNCCD COP13

WOCAT cordially invites you to participate at the WOCAT events during the UNCCD COP13 in China!

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4th International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD)

The 4th International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD) takes place from 5-8 September 2017 in Bern, Switzerland.

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WOCAT Symposium and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting

The WOCAT Symposium and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting, co-organized by CIAT and FAO, celebrates the 25 years of WOCAT in Cali, Colombia in June 2017.

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1992 - 2016 (WNM)

All previous WOCAT Network Meetings and Symposium

All previous WOCAT Network Meetings have been documented and are available in our media library.

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