Land Management Mapping tools

At the landscape or watershed level, WOCAT has developed land management mapping tools including:

  • Watershed and runoff: mapping land management and assessing runoff and outflow from a watershed (questionnaire, mapping app, and database)
  • Land degradation and conservation: mapping land management, land degradation, and SLM, and assessing drivers, state of the land, and on- and off-site impacts (within a landscape, watershed, or region).

Land management at the landscape/ watershed level combines local land management in different land use types, fulfilling multiple claims and functions, with impacts on the whole landscape/ watershed. This includes interactions on a slope from hilltop to valley, up- and downstream within a watershed, or “up”- and “downwind” within a region affected by wind (and dust storms).

Land management at the local level addresses individual land management practices ranging from smallholder to large-scale practices within a large variety of Land Use Types (LUTs) such as cropland, grazing land, forest/ woodlands, mixed land, etc. It does not address the combination of various land management practices within a landscape, watershed, or administrative area.

The watershed and runoff tool (QWM)

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

The assessment is divided into the following steps:

The watershed is assessed in the field through a participatory process by means of an offline watershed app:
  • the watershed is divided into three zones and the current situation of Land Use Types (LUTs) and Land Management (LM) is indicated
  • depending on the LUTs and LM the runoff from a given rainfall can be assessed, as well as the accumulated outflow from the whole watershed
  • potential future scenarios of LUTs and LM and their effects on runoff can be simulated

The tool hence helps to identify the sum of impacts of different land management practices within a watershed.

» Download the questionnaire
Watershed and runoff tool

This tool will soon be available in our Global SLM Database.

» Coming soon
Mapping Land Degradation and SLM Questionnaire (QM)

The questionnaire on SLM Mapping (QM) has been developed to analyse and depict the spatial distribution of SLM and land degradation processes, causes, and impacts.

The SLM mapping database is based on the WOCAT/ LADA questionnaire and was developed in 2009. The process of developing a new Mapping Tool was started in 2016. The old mapping database will remain in use until the revised version is ready.

» Download the questionnaire

Add a map to the global SLM Database

» Add a map