Ongoing Collaborations


WOCAT has been involved in LADA (Land Degradation Assessment) coordinated by FAO since several years. WOCAT has taken a leading role in the development of the mapping tool for the National Level Assessment (NA). At the local level, the questionnaires on SLM Technologies and Approaches are playing an important role in documenting field experiences in SLM. WOCAT also contributed to the development of the LADA manual for local assessment of land degradation. 


The DESIRE Integrated Project, addressing land degradation and desertification problems in 16 study sites around the world, is midway through the project duration of five years. The main aim of the project is to test methods to identify and evaluate suitable remedial and conservation measures, and share the findings through a Harmonised Information System. For more information to the use of WOCAT in DESIRE see also the page Decision Support and SLM Mapping.


TerrAfrica a partnership of national and international institutions and organizations for mainstreaming and financing effective SLM strategies in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), mandated the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) secretariat to produce detailed and illustrated guidelines on promising sustainable land management (SLM) practices (technologies and approaches) for SSA.


Green water is the water held in soil and available to plants. It is the largest fresh water resource but can only be used in situ, by plants. Green water is managed by farmers, foresters, and pasture or rangeland users. 

Blue water is groundwater and stream flow, supporting aquatic ecosystems and that can be tapped for use elsewhere: for domestic and livestock water, irrigation, industrial and urban use. Blue water flow and resources, in quantity and quality, are closely determined by the management practices of upstream land users.

Green Water Credits (GWC) is a financial mechanism that supports upstream farmers to invest in improved green water management practices. Those farmers will benefit directly, but the benefits may not be sufficient to compensate their investments. To support these investments, a GWC fund needs to be created by downstream private and public water-use beneficiaries. Initially however, public funds may be required to bridge the gap between investments by upstream land users and the realisation of the benefits by those downstream. The WOCAT tools and databases result from a key element in the GWC concept.

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WOCAT participated at the UNCCD COP9 meeting from 21 September to 3 October 2009 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. WOCAT had a key note at the first CST/ DSD scientific conference on ‘Experiences with Monitoring and Assessment of SLM’. Furthermore, together with LADA and DESIRE a side event was organised at the COP9 on ‘Assessing land degradation and sustainable land management – the WOCAT/LADA/DESIRE approach’. The WOCAT/LADA/DESIRE achievements were highly acknowledged during the DSD conference from the different participating institutions and organisations.

WOCAT also contributed to the ‘white papers’ prepared by the Dryland Science for Development (DSD) consortium for the session of the CCD Committee on Science and Technology (CST) at COP9 in Buenos Aires.  WOCAT had the lead in preparing the ‘white paper’ for working group 2 on ‘Monitoring and Assessing Land Rehabilitation and Sustainable Land Management efforts’. Out of the ‘white paper’ it is foreseen to create a scientific paper for ‘Land Degradation & Development’. WOCAT also contributed to the ‘white paper’ of working group 3 on  ‘Impacts of Economic and Social Drivers and Knowledge Management on Monitoring and Evaluation’.