WOCAT aims to build up transdisciplinary research capacity to identify key issues for research and make the findings available for use by the different target groups. WOCAT also provides a platform to link SLM implementation (land users and extension) with research. Training is important for enhancing capacity at the subnational, national and regional levels as well as for the dissemination of SLM.
Filling knowledge gaps through research, postgraduate training, and capacity building of both specialists and land users is a key investement for the future of SLM. Investment in knowledge management is needed.