Global Database on Sustainable Land Management

The Global SLM Database contains over 1500 SLM practices from all over the world.



The objective of documenting and assessing SLM practices is to share and spread valuable knowledge in land management, support evidence-based decision-making, and scale up identified good practices, thereby contributing to preventing and reducing land degradation and to restoring degraded land.

WOCAT, together with its Network partners, has developed a well-accepted framework and standardised tools and methods for documentation, monitoring, evaluation and dissemination of SLM knowledge, covering all steps from data collection with several questionnaires, to the Global SLM Database and to using the information for decision support.

Global SLM Database

The data from the WOCAT Questionnaires is included in the Global SLM Database, which is in operation since August 2016. The Global SLM Database and is the primary recommended database by UNCCD for the reporting on best SLM practices. The Global SLM Database is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Lao and Khmer.

Credits for the translation of the WOCAT Questionnaires and Database go to:

Russian: Olga Andreeva (Associate Professor Moscow Lomonosov State University), Julia Johnson (Translator)
Spanish: Pedro Charles Alborno (Translator)
French: Barbara de Choudens (Translator)
Lao: National Agriculture and Forestry Institute (NAFRI) Lao PDR
Khmer: Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) Cambodia

Please contact the WOCAT Secretariat if you are interested in translating the Questionnaires or the Global SLM Database into another language.

» Visit the Global SLM Database

WOCAT methods

SLM Practices: Technologies and Approaches

At the local level, SLM practices (SLM Technologies and Approaches) are documented in the field using the WOCAT Questionnaires on SLM Technologies and Approaches. After completing the questionnaire, the data is included in the Global SLM database.

» Learn more about the SLM Technologies and Approaches questionnaires
Additional Modules

Specific modules can be added to the WOCAT questionnaires on SLM Technologies and Approaches and related Global SLM Database to gain further in-depth knowledge on a particular topic, depending on the user’s interests and needs.

Currently a module one Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) is available, including a questionnaire (QCCA) and related data entry in the Global SLM Database.

» Learn more about the CCA module

WOCAT tools

Mapping tools

The land degradation and SLM Mapping questionnaire (QM) provides a tool for assessing the spatial coverage of land degradation and SLM at the regional/ national level. It has been developed in collaboration with the FAO/ LADA project. A related Database (not yet included in the Global WOCAT SLM Database) is availabe, where the data can be entered.

A watershed and runoff questionnaire and related app (QWM offline) is under development. It is a supplement to the existing WOCAT questionnaires and helps to assess land management within a watershed and its impacts on ecosystem services (mainly runoff).

» Learn more about the mapping tools
WOCAT SLM Technologies and Approaches Summaries

Once the data is entered in the Global SLM Database, reviewed and published it can be downloaded as a user-friendly summary, available in Pdf format, or viewed as html.

» Have a look at example summaries
Data entry and review process

Different roles are assigned to stakeholders entering and reviewing data entered into the Global WOCAT SLM Database. The compiler collects the data in the field and fills out the Questionnaire(s), the editor helps to edit the data, the reviewer assures the quality of the data and, eventually, the WOCAT Secretariat published the data. 

Please note that since we are a small team at the WOCAT Secretariat, it may take some time to review the submitted data.

» Learn more about the data entry and review process on the Database

Use of data

Creative Commons

Data captured through WOCAT questionnaires is entered in the WOCAT Database by the compiler who is responsible for compilation and data quality. The compiler, resource persons, editors and reviewers are recorded and visible in the Database as well as in any compilation or publication of the data.

» Data is made available under the CreativeCommons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
UNCCD recommended SLM Database

The Global SLM Database is the primary recommended database by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for the reporting of SLM best practices.

» Learn more about the UNCCD recommendation
WOCAT training material

Discover and download the WOCAT training material with presentations on the different tools and methods, and video instructions.

» Go to the WOCAT training material
UNCCD training material

This one-pager helps UNCCD users to understand the WOCAT process of documentation and evaluation of good practices in SLM in the Global WOCAT SLM Database.

» Go to the UNCCD training material