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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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