Decision support for SLM

Decision Support Framework for evaluating and scaling-up SLM

FAO and WOCAT, building on the former FAO-LADA (Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands) and DESIRE projects and relevant WOCAT experiences, have developed a methodological framework for decision support for mainstreaming and scaling out SLM. The framework offers a detailed description of activities, tools and methods to be used to facilitate SLM decision-making.

The DSF is currently being applied and tested in the 15 countries of the GEF/FAO project ‘Decision Support for Mainstreaming and Scaling out SLM (DS-SLM)’ and adapted to their particular needs. The DSF enables countries to make informed decisions for mainstreaming and scaling out SLM by providing in-depth knowledge, understanding and analysis of the effects of land use change and management, effectiveness of SLM responses, and evidence on the reasons WHY it is crucial to invest in SLM, and WHERE, HOW, WHAT and WHEN to invest. Priority SLM strategies are evaluated and selected through a compilation of knowledge and analysis of experiences, and negotiation of various options and criteria by national and local decision-makers and stakeholder groups. A modular framework with different entry levels allows for a wide flexibility in the application by countries according to their context and needs.

In close collaboration with the WOCAT Consortium Partners ISRIC and GIZ the Module 2 National / Subnational Level Assessment and Module 4 Landscape Level Assessment have been further developed. A series of steps is recommended to be carried out, including stakeholder workshops, expert assessments, SLM data collection, mapping and analysis. The steps include WOCAT tools and methods, such as the Global Database on SLM, which have been established by WOCAT and its partners over time.

Please read more about the steps suggested for the National / Subnational Level Assessment and the Landscape Level Assessment on the respective subpages.

Please download the SLM Decision Support Framework


The DSF is still under development. Please contact the WOCAT Secretariat for latest updates and further details.