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2022

WOCAT in RURAL21

The International Journal for Rural Development RURAL21 has published an article by Nicole Harari, Rima Mekdaschi Studer and William Critchley:  "WOCAT – spreading sustainable land management world-wide". The authors highlight the collaborative efforts of WOCAT with the UNCCD and partners to «uncover success in sustainable land management».

» Read the full article here
Retrospect UNCCD COP15: Overview of decisions related to WOCAT

The COP15 sustains WOCAT collaborative efforts in Sustainable Land Management towards Land Degradation Neutrality  

The 15th session of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP15) took place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from 9 to 20 May 2022 and brought together policy makers and global leaders, civil society private sector representatives, development agencies and international stakeholders to operatively address major topics, such as drought, land restoration, land rights, gender equality and youth empowerment.

A total of 36 decisions were taken at COP15. Five decisions highlight the role of WOCAT in supporting knowledge sharing, generating SLM good practices data and building capacity in collaboration with UNCCD and other partners.  

» Find here the overview of WOCAT-related COP15 decisions
New Policy Brief on Cost and Benefits of SLM Technologies

WOCAT, ELD Initiative and UNCCD jointly co-published a policy brief on the ECON-WOCAT dataset. This new dataset on costs and benefits of sustainable land management (SLM) technologies is being launched at a time of heightened interest in public and private investments into land restoration, for example, by the United Nations (UN) Decade for Ecosystem Restoration. The ECON-WOCAT dataset consists of detailed information on the costs and benefits of more than 500 SLM technologies from the WOCAT Global SLM database. This policy brief presents the key characteristics of the SLM technologies in this ECON-WOCAT dataset and discusses the opportunities for the use of the dataset from global and national perspectives.

» Read more
New Gender-Responsive SLM Tool launched at UNCCD COP15

In line with the UNCCD Gender Action Plan (GAP) and guided by the idea to build back better, UNCCD, WOCAT and partners have developed a new gender tool to help assess how gender-responsive SLM technologies are and what needs to be done to enhance their adoption by female and male farmers and identify technology group specific profiles to show the need for action. 

This work on gender-responsive SLM is very well received at UNCCD COP15 currently taking place in Abidjan and interest is high. 

If you missed the live launch of the tool at the WOCAT side event on Monday 16 May 2022, you can still watch it by following this link.

» Learn more about the Gender-responsive SLM tool here
The technical guide on how to integrate the VGGT into the implementation of the UNCCD and LDN

Tenure security and responsible governance are crucial to help achieve Land Degradation Neutrality.

The technical guide as launched by FAO and UNCCD Secretariat at UNCCD COP15 and is now available!

» learn more and download the technical guide here
The WOCAT Rangeland publication is now available also in French

La publication Gestion durable des parcours en Afrique subsaharienne est désormais disponible en français.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the popular perception of rangelands and their management is that these vast areas have major problems without solutions: the common narrative focuses on overgrazing, herds of undernourished livestock, erosion and desertification, drought, famine, and conflict. However, evidence compiled and analysed in this book show that such a view of rangelands – as being unproductive and mismanaged systems – does not reflect reality. It needs reconsideration and revision. The overall goal of the guidelines is to demonstrate – through a unique set of convincing case studies and their analysis as well as the development of guiding principles – the value and potential of investment in rangelands.

» More about the publication
UNCCD - WOCAT video series on ecosystem restoration

Our action to restore life to land is back by showing how SLM can help specific land types from freshwaters to urban areas and improve ecosystem restoration. Life land legacy is drawing us to work harder towards COP15 and enhance our efforts and commitments to the UN Decade for Ecosystem restoration. For this purpose, with UNCCD we have created a series of videos that highlight the central role of SLM in restoring and maintaining healthy ecosystems. 

» Watch videos here
Regional Forum cross-cutting session: Digital transformation beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

WOCAT was represented at the side event ‘Cross-cutting session: Digital transformation beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic’ by Dr. Ingrid Teich. The discussion highlighted the importance of multistakeholder partnerships to support digital development and build synergies to achieve the SDGs. Today, more than ever we need stakeholders to share their knowledge and capitalize on the results of others. Data transparency and knowledge sharing are crucial for integrating and using available resources. Following the principles of open science will accelerate and maximize the contribution of new technologies to achieve SDG 15.

» Read more
New guidance for UNCCD SLM best practices reporting

A new one-pager and short video provide guidance to UNCCD stakeholders on how to share SLM best practices in the WOCAT Global SLM Database. UNCCD parties are encouraged to report in the UNCCD PRAIS system their SLM best practices.

» read the guide and watch the video here
World Water Day

For World Water Day discover our media section to learn more about the link between water and land. On our channels, you may find solutions related to groundwater. To go more in-depth you can also read our "Water Harvesting - Guidelines to Good Practices" developed with IFAD, CDE, MetaMeta and funded by SDC. As a reader, you will discover more about how groundwater is the principle of harvesting floodwater and surface runoff to recharge with water. The water is then conserved and re-used for extending growing or dry periods. 

» Learn more
International Women's Day

For international Women's Day, find out the latest updates about the UNCCD-WOCAT collaboration on gender-responsive SLM. A new gender tool is currently being tested with WOCAT network partners in more than 10 countries to help assess how gender-responsiveness SLM technologies are and what needs to be done to enhance their adoption by female and male farmers. UNCCD and WOCAT will share information about the tool on our channels. Stay tuned for more information at the UNCCD COP event where the tool will be presented at an official session. 

» Read more
World Data Day

Today on World Data Day look out for the latest achievements on the global SLM database. We highlight 2192 SLM Practices published from 133 countries and by 435 users, including 1243 SLM Technologies, 498 SLM Approaches and 443 UNCCD PRAIS Practices. Do you have more solutions to contribute to the SLM ecosystem? Check out the database, gather data and upload your solution. On our social media channels, look out for lessons learned from a co-organized session at the UN World Data Forum last year talking about how WOCAT supports countries to develop and choose appropriate methodologies and datasets through bottom-up and participatory approaches that involve local expertise and integrate earth observation, datasets, field data and expert knowledge. 

» Read more
New UNU-EHS publication "Coherence and Alignment among SLM, EbA, Eco-DRR and NbS"

The United Nations University – EHS report, reviewed by WOCAT, aims to clarify what the approaches SLM, EbA, Eco-DRR and NbS entail and enable a coherent and aligned categorization within the UNCCD.

» Read more here
Overview of Land Degradation Neutrality in Europe and Central Asia

FAO spotlighted on WOCAT channels. Don't miss the reason why they joined WOCAT as Consortium Partner, their goal and participation in sharing knowledge about sustainable land management for food security, nutrition, and livelihoods of land users. We will be sharing insights, technologies, approaches, and tools illustrated within the publication entitled "Overview of land degradation neutrality (LDN) in Europe and Central Asia". Visit our Twitter and Facebook page for more. 

» Read more
SMC Synergy introduced WOCAT Programme

SMC Synergy, a long-standing partner of WOCAT in South Africa, presented a training seminar on the WOCAT Programme and GIS for the Groen Sebenza interns of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment on 8 and 9 February in Pretoria. The main objectives of the training were to introduce trainees to the WOCAT Programme, tools, and methods and to show the use of geo-informatics in environmental projects. 

» Read more

2021

December Newsletter

WOCATeers it has been a while - the December newsletter is out! Find out about the latest achievements of WOCAT from a new framework agreement and strategy to the latest news on events, tools and knowledge products in our newsletter. You may also find updates on changes made to the website. Check it out to know more about turning theory in SLM into practice through tools, exchanges, platforms and programs covering themes from water, gender, dryland, drought, climate change and sand dust storms to land degradation. 

» Read more
Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings from WOCAT! We thank individuals, organizations and our donors that have contributed to SLM and that have committed to our generation restoration. In 2022, we have a concrete wishlist in order to turn theory in SLM into practice. Climate change, biodiversity, sustainability and decentralization in development will be at the heart of our agenda to make sure to reduce land degradation. We are happy to start next year with a new Framework Agreement signed by all consortium partners including, FAO, ISRIC, CIAT, ICARDA, ICIMOD, GIZ and CDE and a new strategy to kick start 2022 with clear pathways to achieve our goal of becoming a leader in spreading SLM practices worldwide.

» Read more
Sand and Duststorms/ Drought Project with UNCCD

WOCAT and UNCCD Secretariat have started the project ‘Alignment and improved access of the WOCAT knowledge through the UNCCD Drought and SDS Toolboxes’, focusing on enhancing the WOCAT SLM practices dataset for exchanging good practices related to drought and SDS, and embedding those in the existing UNCCD Drought Toolbox as well as the SDS Toolbox under development.

» Read more
Launching ICIMOD week on World Mountain Day

On 11 December it is World Mountain Day and we will launch a week dedicated to our consortium partner ICIMOD and share how they contribute in theory and in practice to WOCAT and sustainable land management (SLM). Sharing knowledge about the SLM of mountains drove ICIMOD to strongly commit to WOCAT. Look out on our channels for ICIMOD products and practices translating how mountains matter.  

» Learn more
Water Harvesting Explorer

We are proud to share with you the Water Harvesting Explorer a decision support tool for small scale water storage intervention planning in the Western Sahel commissioned and funded by the Water Global Practice group of the World Bank and developed by a consortium of partners such as Acacia Water, RAIN (a brand of AidEnvironment), MetaMeta, IHE Delft and WOCAT. The tool includes WOCAT interventions and is available in French and English. Its technical backstopping was provided by Global Water Partnership, Verdant Earth, Stockholm Resilience Center and UNESCO-IGRAC. It allows practitioners to compare technologies based on bio-physical typologies like precipitation, typography, land cover, etc. The webtool further enables the user to plan the type of intervention by conducting a rapid survey of implementation modalities.

» Read more
Making Sense of Research for SLM

This week we will be presenting the book 'Making Sense of Research for Sustainable Land Management' co-published in 2017 by the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland and the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. We will share with you on social media our take-home messages. In short, the book is about scientific research which makes sense in the field. It proves  that sustainable intensification and management of our land use is possible if done right. It can serve purposes from raising yields to ensuring the transformation of degrading land into a productive natural resource sustaining livelihoods. 

» Read more
Rangeland week

This week it's rangeland week on our channels! Because of the high level of diversity and heterogeneity of rangelands, six rangeland use systems (RUS) were identified based on mobility, scale, boundaries and combination with crop and wildlife management. There can be an overlap between the different RUS but each requires specific interventions. Also, rangeland managers shift between different RUS according to seasons and emergency situations as an adaptation strategy to challenging conditions like droughts or conflicts. Shrublands, grasslands, and savannahs are components of rangelands used by pastoralists for extensive livestock production and are key to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. 

» Read more
Aligning with COP26 goals

We stand with countries to help implement land-based solutions that are context and climate specific to achieve the four #COP26 goals : mitigate, adapt, finance and collaborate. We can help through data, tools, methods, knowledge sharing and synergies between partners and stakeholders to accelerate the protection and restoration of nature for the benefit of people and climate. We have hope in science and good practices to alleviate challenges and reach targets and build a climate resilient future for all. During COP26, watch out for our climate actions from all regions on our social media channels!

» Read more
Memorandum of Understanding signed with UNDP South Africa

In September, UNDP South Africa and WOCAT signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in the further development and promotion of the SLM Progress Calculator – a new tool developed under the UNDP-GEF5 Sustainable Land Management Project, titled Securing multiple ecosystems benefit through SLM in the productive, but degraded landscapes in South Africa. The SLM Progress Calculator aims to monitor the reduction or prevention of land degradation, improvement and out-scaling SLM measures and the creation of an enabling environment for SLM. It uses a participatory approach to evaluate progress supported by contextual evidence collected during the project. This collaboration will permit an open access SLM Progress Calculator to be upgraded and made globally more adaptable for different Land Degradation, SLM and biodiversity conservation interventions at different spatial scales. Furthermore, the collaboration will provide training on the use of the tool through the WOCAT network.

» Read more
New publication on the role of SLM in ecosystem restoration

The new publication "Restoring Life to the Land – The Role of Sustainable Land Management in Ecosystem Restoration" prepared jointly by UNCCD Secretariat and WOCAT in the context of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration illustrates how SLM experience feeds directly into ecosystem restoration efforts, as well as ecosystem maintenance. It showcases field-tested good practices under each of the eight ecosystems from all over the world.

» Download the publication
Examples of Good Practices in Thailand

Watch out for our Thailand series on Twitter and Facebook. We will be sharing good practices addressing soil erosion as well as saline and sodic soils - main issues highlighted for Thailand in the DS-SLM project. We invite partners, WOCATeers and stakeholders to visit our channels for more information around how to make use of evidence to support mainstreaming and scaling-out SLM practices. 

» More can be found here
Scientific article on Sand and Dust Storms

Sustainable Land and Water Management (SLWM) practices are often advocated by authors to mitigate Sand and Dust Storms (SDS) impacts, however, in many cases these are just mentioned, without indicating specific practices and without presenting examples. The authors of this paper thus reviewed the WOCAT database to identify concrete examples of SDS-relevant SLWM practices.

» Access the scientific article here
WOCAT and UNCCD review the assessment tool for Gender-responsive SLM Technologies and Approaches

Sustainable land management (SLM) needs to be inclusive and improve opportunities for vulnerable groups including women and youth. On 14-15 September 2021, WOCAT and UNCCD conducted a review workshop to fine-tune the jointly-developed questionnaire on gender-responsiveness of SLM Technologies and Approaches.

» Read more here
WOCAT is a Friend of the IYRP

The International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP) 2026 is endorsed by the FAO Conference. WOCAT recognises how rangelands and pastoralists contribute to SLM and expressed its interest in sending a Letter of Support for IYRP proposal to the Government of Mongolia. 

» Learn more about IYRP
LUP4LDN Tool wins the GEO-LDN Competition

After a long journey LUP4LDN tool from SCiO, ICARDA, WOCAT, Università degli Studi di Sassari and ELD wins the GEO-LDN Competition and  will receive financial and technical support to transform their prototype into an operational and scalable tool.

» Learn more about LUP4LDN
Scaling SLM in Bosnia and Herzegovina: new book

Learn how Bosnia and Herzegovina is mainstreaming and scaling out SLM practices in this new publication by WOCAT partners from the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

» Read the publication
AFAAS and WOCAT sign MoU to support extension in SLM

The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and WOCAT will work together to enhance capacities of extension services and farmers in SLM and support the scaling of SLM innovations in Africa.

» Learn more about AFAAS
IICA and WOCAT sign MoU for collaboration in the Americas

Partnering for impact: IICA, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, and WOCAT signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to strengthen SLM activities and promote healthy soils in agricultural and livestock production systems in the Americas.

» visit the IICA website

2020

Video: SLM in Response to Land Degradation and Climate Change in Lao PDR

Watch the video produced by WOCAT partner National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) Lao PDR as part of the project Scaling up SLM by smallholder farmers and learn about land degradation and SLM in Lao PDR.

» watch the video
Video: SLM in Response to Land Degradation and Climate Change in Cambodia

Watch the video produced by WOCAT partner Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) Cambodia as part of the project Scaling up SLM by smallholder farmers and learn about land degradation and SLM in Cambodia.

» watch the video
Global Rangeland Initiative - Awareness for Action

Watch the trailer  presented at the Global Landscapes Forum Biodiversity 2020, 28-29 Oct. 2020, to raise awareness for rangelands and call for global attention and action.

Rangelands provide irreplacable services to humanity living in and outside the rangelands. Yet, they are threatened and neglected.

» Watch the video
New collaboration brings WOCAT SLM knowledge to farmers and extension agents

We are happy to announce WOCAT’s partnership with farmbetter Ltd., a social enterprise developing digital solutions for smallholder farmers and extension. The farmbetter app (in development) draws on WOCAT SLM data to provide farmers with SLM solutions matching their needs and context to improve their climate resilience and livelihoods.

» Visit farmbetter for more information
Collaboration with EU LANDMARC Project

WOCAT is collaborating with the EU-funded project on Land-use based Mitigation for Resilient Climate pathways (LANDMARC). The Project will answer the question about the realistic potential for agriculture, forestry, and other land use sectors to enhance the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere.

» Find more information about the project
Paper: Estimating the global potential of water harvesting from successful case studies

A recent paper in Global Environmental Change from a collaboration between the Stockholm Resilience Centre, WOCAT and the University of Florence, explores the global potential of SLM to increase crop production. It provides a new methodology based on global spatial data and the WOCAT database to support the out-scaling of existing, successful, documented SLM Technologies. The methodology is scalable and aims at supporting decision making on replication and transferability of SLM at a national to regional scale. Currently, the methodology is being applied to Uganda as a first national case study.

» Download this and other SLM related scientific articles here
WOCAT External Evaluation Report: available online

The Evaluation Report, written by Anna Tengberg (SIWI) with Cryton Zazu & Hanan Seid presents the impacts of WOCAT in its 25 years of operation. A combination of methods was used, including documentation review, a questionnaire survey  to the entire network, semi-structured interviews with key informants, participation in the 19th global WOCAT Network Meeting in mid-May 2019, and field visits to four countries.

The lessons learnt and recommendations of have been addressed and integrated in the development of the new WOCAT 2020+ strategy that will be launched by the end of 2020.

» download the Evaluation Report here
HE Minister of Agriculture Uganda launches SLM Collection, Kampala 20 July 2020

Today, HE Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry, Fisheries, Uganda, launched the 'SLM Collection from Northern Uganda and beyond' prepared by WOCAT partner Uganda Landcare Network (ULN) in collaboration with extension services and the National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) with support from IFAD. The event took place during the Uganda Froum for Agriculture Advisory Services (UFAAS) national extension e-symposium 2020.

» download the SLM collection here
On- and Offsite Benefits of SLM – new project page online

Learn about the benefits of good land management onsite and offsite with a series of videos, policy briefs and other materials from Haiti, Colombia, India and Iceland. SLM goes far beyond improving productivity of the land and benefitting land users – it is for the benefit of all.

» visit the new project page
COVID-19 Dispatches from the Ground: new short reports from WOCAT partners

In this new series, WOCAT partners share insights on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting land use, agriculture, and small farmers in their region. The short reports reveal the distinct ways that authorities and people on the ground in different settings are responding to a common threat.

» read the dispatches from different countries
QGIS and Watershed Tool Training for Central Asian countries

From June 15-19, 2020 an online training on QGIS and the WOCAT watershed tool for 70 participants from Central Asian countries took place. This is part of a series of trainings in the framework of the GEF/FAO CACILM II project organized by WOCAT and partners to support countries in mapping land degradation and SLM.

» read more about CACILM II
Carbon Benefits online training for Central Asian countries

In the week of 25 May 2020 almost 100 participants from Central Asia countries are participating in an online training course on the Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) Tools within the framework of the Central Asian Countries Initiative for Land Management (CACILM II) project. The training will allow participants to calculate carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions associated with land management projects and report on the impacts of activities on climate change mitigation.

» check out CBP tutorials and training materials
Photobook: Salinization in Drylands

A new Photobook by the Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, seeks to inform about the nature of salt accumulation in soils of drylands and the challenges faced in achieving sustainable land management with agricultural potential from salt affected soils.

» Download the Photobook
Scaling up SLM in Uganda, workshop with UFAAS, 20 February 2020

Within the farmework of the IFAD grant Scaling up SLM with smallholder farmers the WOCAT partner Uganda Landcare Network (ULN) carried out a workshop with the Uganda Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (UFAAS) and stakeholders from the public and private sector, academia, landcare groups, farmer organizations and others to mainstream and align SLM in the UFAAS and the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) modalities of operations.

» Read more about the Scaling up SLM project
UNCCD and WOCAT renew partnership, February 2020

WOCAT renewed its partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to jointly boost the uptake of SLM around the world through strengthened global partnership. The agreement was signed by the Deputy Executive Secretary of UNCCD, Mr. Pradeep Monga, and WOCAT Director, Mr. Hanspeter Liniger, on behalf of the WOCAT Consortium.

» Read the news article on the UNCCD website
High-level launch and ToT on Sustainable Dev. and SLM Curriculum at Royal Univ. of Agriculture Cambodia, 13-17 January 2020

High-level Launch of the Sustainable Development and Sustainable Land Management Curriculum with the Under Secretary of State Cambodia, Vice-Rector of the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) Cambodia, and the Swiss Development Cooperation in Phnom Penh. The launch is followed by a one-week training of RUA lecturers on the content of the curriculum, focusing on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) approaches.

» Visit WOCAT facebook for more impressions

2019

Training on ‘Estimating the impact of Land Management Projects on climate change mitigation’ with the Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) and WOCAT held on 13-15 November 2019 at UN Environment in Kenya

A training on the use of the CBP/WOCAT linked online toolset for calculating carbon stocks and GHG emission associated with land projects, establishing resulting socioeconomic benefits and exploring SLM options for implementation was provided to GEF project managers, UNEP and GEF program officers, and GEF focal points, by Colorado State University and WOCAT Consortium Partner CIAT at UN Environment in Nairobi, Kenya.

» Read more
Global Landscapes Forum in Accra, Ghana

On 29-30 October 2019, the Global Landscapes Forum was convened in Accra, Ghana, with a focus on restoring the degraded ecosystems on the world’s largest continent. More than 500 participants joined. The session ‘Sustainable RangelandManagement in a Changing Environment: An Introduction to Good Practices’ and the AsaseFest Session ‘Pastoralism: participatory rangeland mapping’ put the often forgotten rangelands and pastoralism in the spot light of the GLF/Restoration map with great success.

» Read more
Official kick-off of Tools4LDN project

The inception workshop of the GEF-funded Project ‘Tools for Land Degradation Neutrality’ together with Conservation International - Global Environment Facility (CI-GEF), Conservation International - Moore Center for Science (CI-MSC), University of Bern/WOCAT, University of Colorado (Land PKS), and University of California - Santa Barbara, took place on 30-31 October 2019, at the Arizona State University Washington Center. The project will support countries in monitoring and reporting of the SDG15 on LDN.


» Read more
Training on 'monitoring and assessment of ecosystem services' with WOCAT held on 21-26 October 2019 in Cambodia

A training on 'monitoring and assessment of ecosystem services' with the WOCAT Director Hanspeter Liniger was held within the framework of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) project 'Scaling up Climate Resilient Agriculture (SUCRA)' in Cambodia.


» Read more
WOCAT tools training held by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with FAO in Ramallah, Palestine

The training on the use of WOCAT tools on 7-10 October 2019 was attended by about 23 participants from various institutions, including experts in land, agriculture, forests, rangelands and soils. The purpose of the training was to equip participants with the knowledge of evaluation and documentation of land management practices, identifying good practices for wider scale implementation of SLM practices, making information and data available to planners and decision makers, and enhance the exchange of experiences and lessons among land users, researches and policy makers.

» Read more
Central Asian countries and partners met to discuss Central Asian Climate Information Platform (CACIP)

More than 60 delegates from five Central Asian countries gathered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 27 September 2019 to discuss land degradation, climate change impacts and mitigation issues of the region. The event was a joint collaboration of the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the dry Areas (ICARDA) and the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Aral Sea Basin (CAMP4ASB), led by the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC). WOCAT presented its engagement in evidence-based decision support for SLM and emphasized what it can offer to the ‘Central Asia Climate Information Platform’ (CACIP).

» Read more
IFAD Blog about UNCCD COP14 side event with ICIMOD, ILC and WOCAT

The side event focused on Transitions of shifting cultivation in South and South-East Asia - Challenges and opportunities to achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN). Policy-makers, development practitioners and farmers shared their views on how shifting cultivation can contribute to LDN and agreed on the need to establish a community of practise on the topic.


» Read more
Special issue on Land Degradation Neutrality

In joint collaboration with Conservation International, CONICET, Both ENDS, ISRIC, Sustainable Land Management Associates, CIAP and FAO, WOCAT has contributed to four different papers on Land Degradation Neutrality.The papers highlight the relevance of SLM for achieving LDN, the use of standardized global methods and tools and using their synergies for assessing and monitoring LDN, and the enabling conditions and environment to further the implementation of LDN.

» Download the papers in the media library
Migration of the practices in the Global SLM Database

https://www.wocat.net/en/projects-and-countries/projects/sustainable-land-management-and-climate-change-mitigation-co-benefits-slm-ccmc

The Carbon Benefit Project will carry out a range of enhancements to the CBP tools including enhancing mapping tools, developing a database of country specific factors, and linking to carbon markets. It will also link the CBP tools to WOCAT and LandPKS, to develop a fully comprehensive set of tools for SLM managers. 

https://www.wocat.net/en/projects-and-countries/projects/sustainable-land-management-and-climate-change-mitigation-co-benefits-slm-ccmc

» » Learn more about the project
Collection of Sustainable Land Management Technologies - Practices by smallholder farmers in Lao PDR

The new SLM collection created by NAFRI in Lao available both in Lao and English language serves as a tool for technical staff, extension workers, project implementers, SLM planners, famers and policy makers. It includes the mots relevant information on different SLM practices including details on their implementation, costs, ecological and socio-economic benefi ts and disadvantages. The collection of information and data on SLM Technologies serves evidence-based decision-making in SLM.

» Read more
Land is a critical resource, IPCC report says

The new IPCC special report on Climate Change and Land https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl/ shows how managing land resources sustainably can help address climate change. The report also mentions WOCAT, for example in chapter 4 it refers to WOCAT's contribution to map land degradation and to the global SLM database https://qcat.wocat.net/en/wocat/

» https://www.ipcc.ch/2019/08/08/land-is-a-critical-resource_srccl/
Read the UGACAT article in the New Vision newspaper

UGACAT  is   part of a success story and product of  a partnership  of institutions working towards  scaling SLM  at multi scales (farm, landscapes  and national) under IFAD funding.

UGACAT  as  a  coalition hosts the SLM database linked to the  National SLM Database officially hosted by the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) www.ugacat.slm.go.ug and  to the global  network and  database of WOCAT.

» Discover the project and download the article
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: Let's grow the future together

Striving for a land degradation neutral world requires the active participation of all relevant stakeholders and groups including youth and women as well as the private sector. WOCAT wishes you a happy World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2019! Take action and spread the word about SLM and its impacts to support relevant stakeholders to adopt and promote good land use practices around the world!

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Sustainable rangeland management in Sub-Saharan Africa - Guidelines to good practice

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the popular perception of rangelands and their management is that these vast areas have major problems without solutions: the common narrative focuses on overgrazing, herds of undernourished livestock, erosion and desertification, drought, famine, and conflict. However, evidence compiled and analysed in this book show that such a view of rangelands – as being unproductive and mismanaged systems – does not reflect reality. It needs reconsideration and revision. The overall goal of the guidelines is to demonstrate – through a unique set of convincing case studies and their analysis as well as the development of guiding principles – the value and potential of investment in rangelands.

» Read more
Old mapping database is offline

The mapping database by WOCAT is now offline. All datasets documented in the old WOCAT dabase, the instructions for mapping and a selecetion of maps can be found in the media library.

» See all mapping documents in the media library
WOCAT Evaluation Survey

The WOCAT program is currently undergoing an external evaluation with the objective to assess the effectiveness and achieved impacts of WOCAT. For this, a survey is sent to various WOCAT partners and users. We hope that many of you can participate in the survey and provide their views and feedback on WOCAT.

» Read more
E-learning course on “Sustainable Land Management and Land Restoration” available online

The E-learning course on “Sustainable Land Management and Land Restoration" developed by FAO in collaboration with CIHEAM, The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, University of Leeds and WOCAT, is now available online.

» Learn more at
WOCAT training in Nicaragua

CDE researcher Johanna Jacobi has provided a WOCAT training to local stakeholders on good land management in Dipilto, Nicaragua, in cooperation with GOPA and SDC Nicaragua.

» Learn more about WOCAT projects
Global SLM Database: Chinese and Thai

The Global SLM Database is now available in Chinese and Thai. Our thanks for the Chinese translation go to Mr. Sun Guoji, Director General of Department of Combating Desertification, National Forestry and Grassland Administration; and for the Thai translation to Dr. Bunjirtluk Jintaridth and Mr. Kamchai Kanjanatanaseth, Land Development Department (LDD), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand; Dr. Pitayakon Limtong, Soil and Fertilizer Society of Thailand.

» Go to the Global SLM Database
WOCAT papers on Land Degradation Neutrality

In joint collaboration with Conservation International, CONICET, Both ENDS, ISRIC, Sustainable Land Management Associates, CIAP and FAO, WOCAT has contributed to four different papers on Land Degradation Neutrality.The papers highlight the relevance of SLM for achieving LDN, the use of standardized global methods and tools and using their synergies for assessing and monitoring LDN, and the enabling conditions and environment to further the implementation of LDN.

» Go to the papers in the media library
New publication: “Shaping Sustainable Socio-Ecological Landscapes in Africa”

Traditional systems of land and water use in Africa are increasingly under pressure. In the “Water and Land Resource Centre” project, scientists from CDE, CETRAD Kenya, and WLRC Ethiopia worked with land users and decision-makers in Kenya and Ethiopia to develop locally adapted solutions for managing water and land sustainably and resolving conflicts. Now they have summarized experiences and highlights from 40 years of transformative research in the book “Shaping Sustainable Socio-Ecological Landscapes in Africa”.
http://ow.ly/YLqN30nX3SO

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Key results of the DS-SLM project in Colombia / Resultados clave del proyecto DS-SLM en Colombia

Short publication from FAO Colombia and UPRA with the key results of the DS-SLM project in Colombia.

Breve publicación de FAO Colombia y UPRA con los principales resultados del proyecto DS-SLM en Colombia

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Development of a mediterranean project on regional actions to combat land degradation

Meeting at FAO in Rome for the development of a mediterranean project on regional actions to combat land degradation with the participation of DS-SLM countries Turkey, BiH, Morocco, Tunisia, the Spanish MoA forestry department, Italian Cooperation, CIHEAM, Secretariat of Silva Mediterranea, Arab Land Initiative, and different FAO divisions: Land and Water, GEF Dryland Initiative, subregional office North Africa, Land Tenure experts, Investment center, Sustainable Agriculture Programme and WOCAT.

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DS-SLM Colombia national and regional closing events

A national event in Bogota with participation of key stakeholders including Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, GEF focal point, UNCCD CST and academia and a regional event with local authorities and organizations closed the DS-SLM project in Colombia.

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New 'Decision Support for Mainstreaming and Scaling up SLM' factsheet

Get a quick overview of the 'Decision Support for Mainstreaming and Scaling up SLM' project, implemented by FAO in collaboration with WOCAT, by having a look at the newly developed factsheet https://www.wocat.net/library/media/158/

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2018

Happy holidays and a prosperous new year

From the WOCAT team we wish you happy holidays and look forward to our continued collaboration in the new year!

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National workshop on SLM practices assessment and documentation, 10-12 December, Konya, Turkey

25 participants representing national institutions, local government and private sector, attended a national workshop in Turkey, in the context of the GEF funded FAO project “Decision Support for Scaling up and Mainstreaming of Sustainable Land Management (DS-SLM)”, organized in partnership with the General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs (CEM), the implementing partner of the DS-SLM project in Turkey. Workshop participants were introduced to the WOCAT methodology for assessing and documenting SLM Practices and had the opportunity to improve their knowledge on the WOCAT tools (QT/QA) and on how to use these to address land degradation. The field visit took them to the Karaman area where the government supports private sector initiatives to restore degraded land facing problems with salinization and wind erosion.

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Moving towards the documentation of sustainable land management in Bangladesh

From November 24 to 26 2018, 18 participants from six organizations met in Barisal for a training on documentation of SLM technologies and approaches using WOCAT tools. Through this training the collaboration among different institutions was strengthened as well as the capacities to prepare technical specifications and document SLM. The training consisted in courses on land degradation, landscape restoration and sustainable land management as well as field exercises for documenting SLM.

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Selection of demonstration sites in Laos

In Laos, the WOCAT team is preparing the selection of the demonstration sites after the completion of the Decision Support workshops within the scaling up SLM for smallholder farmers project funded by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Field visits to Darkchueng and Ta oy districts are on-going to discuss the results and prepare the implementation.

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Survey on the potential contribution of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) to enhancing the well-being and livelihoods of people as well as the state of the environment

The Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) invites interested person to participate in a survey on the potential contribution of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) to enhancing the well-being and livelihoods of people as well as the state of the environment.

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Support for Sustainable Land and Soil Management in North African Countries

Presentation of the FAO-WOCAT decision support framework for SLM mainstreaming and scaling out and country experiences at the workshop "Support for Sustainable Land and Soil Management in North African Countries" in Tunisia from the 13-15 November, organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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2018 edition of the questionnaire for Technologies now available

In the context of the harmonization of the Carbon Benefit tool and the Global SLM Database, a new edition of the questionnaire for Technologies has been launched and is now available in the WOCAT media library. Please only use this edition for your documentation of SLM Technologies.

» Download the new edition
New publication: "Socioeconomic factors that constrain or facilitate the adoption of technologies that promote sequestration of soil carbon in East Africa"

Discover the new publication by CIAT on "Socioeconomic factors that constrain or facilitate the adoption of technologies that promote sequestration of soil carbon in East Africa" analyzing the information gathered in a literature review and the analysis of SLM practices from Ethiopia and Kenya documented in the Global SLM Database.

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Call for documented good practices that contribute to addressing adverse DLDD-related migration drivers

UNCCD commissions a study on “The role that measures taken to implement the Convention can play to address desertification, land degradation and drought as one of the drivers that cause migration.” The study will be presented at the UNCCD COP14 in 2019. They invite for contributions from Parties, UN Agencies and other international organizations, civil society organizations (CSOs) and researchers on documented good practice that contribute to addressing the adverse drivers of migration related to DLDD.

» Read more about the call
New publication available from Cambodia: "Working towards Sustainable Land Management - A collection of SLM Technologies from Cambodia"

A new Compilation of SLM Technologies from Cambodia was created by the Royal University of Agriculture Cambodia within the project Scaling-up SLM by smallholder farmers - Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Uganda. The publication is available in English and Khmer.

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Formulation of SLM mainstreaming and scaling out strategy in Tunisia

Within the framework of the GEF/ FAO project ‘Decision Support for Mainstreaming and Scaling out SLM (DS-SLM)’ the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Tunisia together with FAO and WOCAT organized a workshop with SLM experts and decision-makers to formulate a concrete SLM mainstreaming and scaling out strategy for four selected target regions.

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8th Steering Committee Meeting of the WOCAT Consortium

The WOCAT Consortium held their 8th Steering Committee Meeting at GIZ in Bonn. Next to the outputs of the LDN workshop, the Consortium partners also discussed the future of WOCAT, the ongoing collaboration with UNCCD, and exchanged new insights and experiences on projects for SLM.

» » Learn more aobut the organisational structure of WOCAT
Successful LDN mapping workshop in Bonn

The WOCAT Consortium partners ISRIC and GIZ organized a workshop to discuss the planned project proposal for a Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) mapping tool. Actors, among them various UNCCD focal points, from local, national and global level have participated in the workshop, sharing their experience and needs to report on SDG 15.3.

» » Learn more about SDG 15
Learning to use the land so it produces fewer greenhouse gases

The Carbon Benefit Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UN Environment, was designed to help land management projects to evaluate their “carbon benefits”. The GEF published a new article on the CBP tools on their website.

» Read the article
WOCAT training in Colombia

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), a WOCAT Consortium Partner, held a training on the WOCAT tools and methods in Colombia this August. Representatives of the Rural Agricultural Planning Unit (UPRA), the Rural Development Agency (ADR), the Institute of Geography Agustín Codazzi (IGAC), the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) and the University of Applied Sciences and Environment  (UDCA) participated in the training.

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Learning to use the land so it produces fewer greenhouse gases

UNEP has published an article on the aim of the GEF funded Carbon Benefits Project (CBP). This project is working on combining knowledge on carbon sequestration with already existing WOCAT tools and methods.

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Update form the Decision-Support workshop in Thailand in August 2018

In Thailand, the Thai Land Development Department (LDD), FAO and WOCAT are working together in the framework of the DS-SLM project to scale up SLM practices in 4 land degradation affected regions’. Thirty five national and regional LDD officers participated in the WOCAT training workshop in Bangkok and around 30 participants joined the two day field work in Chachoengsao Province. The WOCAT standardized Questionnaires and Database were translated into Thai language.

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Conference on integrated evaluation of desertification in Mendoza, Argentina, 25-26 September 2018

The Observatorio Nacional de la Degradación de Tierras y Desertificación (ONDTyD) and the Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de las Zonas Áridas (IADIZA-CONICET) organize the first conference on integrated evaluation of desertification: approaches and socio-environmental methodologies, on 25-26  September 2018 in Mendoza, Argentina.

» More information (only in Spanish)
Cambodia expert group meeting mit UNCCD focal point

In Cambodia, the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), partner of WOCAT in the IFAD-funded project ‘Scaling-up SLM with smallholder farmers’, held its yearly National Expert Group meeting attended by UNCCD focal point Dr. Meas Pyseth, RUA Vice Rector Dr. Sok Kunthy, Deputy Director of CARDI Dr. Seng Vang and the Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension Dr. Mao Minea. They discussed the project’s contribution to address land degradation issues and promote SLM practices among stakeholders and farmers in Cambodia thereby contributing to achieving land degradation neutrality.

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WOCAT Manual from Bangladesh

Mr. Jalal Uddin from the Bangladesh Conservation Approaches and Technologies (BANCAT) developed a new manual for the GEF project ‘Establishing National Land Use and Land Degradation Profile Towards Mainstreaming SLM practices in sectors Policies (ENALULDEP/SLM)’ to support project participants to document and implement SLM Technologies and Approaches in hot spots all over the country, contributing to achieving SDG 15 life on land.

» Discover the WOCAT training manual
News from the AfriOCAT Network

The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, hosting the TerrAfrica Partnership, organized a workshop on the operationalization of AfriOCAT in Dar Es Saalam, Tanzania. During this meeting new strategies where disucssed.

» Read the full report.
NEPCAT and Myanmar - new SLM factsheets available

The new NEPCAT fact sheets (documented by HELVETAS Nepal) and a fact sheet from Myanmar are now available online. This factsheets have been created with the support of the WOCAT Consortium Partner ICIMOD.

Go to the NEPCAT factsheet.

Go to the Myanmar factsheet.

» Go to the NEPCAT website
New FAO Colombia publication: "Guía de buenas prácticas para la gestión y uso sostenible de los suelos en áreas rurales"

Esta guía fue realizada por solicitud del Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible de Colombia, en respuesta a los crecientes problemas de degradación del suelo. Su objetivo es proporcionar buenas prácticas para la conservación, el uso sostenible y la protección de los suelos en las zonas rurales del país.

» Download the publication
New video from the DS-SLM project in Colombia

¡Miren qué hace la Unidad de Planificación Rural Agropecuaria (UPRA) en colaboración con la FAO y WOCAT para luchar contra la degradación de las tierras en Colombia en el proyecto DS-SLM!

Have a look what the Unidad de Planificación Rural Agropecuaria (UPRA) and FAO in collaboration with WOCAT are doing to combat land degradation in Colombia within the framework of the DS-SLM project!

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Launch of the JRC World Atlas of Desertification (WAD)

WAD has been launched. WOCAT has seven pages on solutions in this Atlas representing some insights from analysis on the Global SLM Database and a focus on Central Asia, and a number of nice photographs spread within the Atlas.

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Launch of the IED publication "Projet Décentralisation des Fonds Climat au Mali et au Sénégal: un mécanisme innovant de l'adaptation"

Innovations Environnement Développement afrique" (IED afrique) has recently pubished their new publication on SLM and resilience-building in the Sahel. This publication includes a discussion of scope for further use of participatory resource mapping tools and OpenStreetMap to map and measure the impacts of SLM practices in Sub-Saharan Africa over the coming years.

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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: land has a true value – invest in it

Land has a true value – invest in it! WOCAT wishes you a happy World Day to Combat Desertification 2018! Let us spread the word about SLM and support land users in the wide adoption of good practices worldwide! #2018WDCD

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Call for Entries - BEST FILM ON THE TOPIC OF SOIL 2018


Soils are still poorly recognized by a large part of society. To raise the awareness for soils, the Innsbruck Nature Film Festival (Austria, Europe) will award a special prize for the best film on the topic of soil.

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Decision-support for up-scaling best SLM practices

Which SLM Technology to choose? Impressions from the decision support workshop at Makerere University, Kampala with Uganda Landcare Network and CDE researcher Stephanie Jaquet within the framework of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) grant to WOCAT 'Scaling up SLM with smallholder farmers'. CDE - Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern

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Announcement of WOCATpedia contest winner

We congratulate the WOCATpedia contest winner Zebo  Khudonazarova for her great article on "Best traditional Practices on Climate Changes in the Villages of Central Asia". We are happy to share this article with the WOCAT community.

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24th-27th of April: Global Meeting of the DS-SLM project at FAO in Rome


Representatives from the 15 countries of the GEF/ FAO-WOCAT project Decision Support for Mainstreaming and Scaling Out SLM (DS-SLM) will meet at FAO headquarters in Rome together with FAO and WOCAT to exchange experiences on assessing land degradation, scaling up SLM practices and mainstreaming SLM at different levels.

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Swiss Water Expertise - World Water Forum, 18.3 - 23.3, 2018 in Brasil

The new book on good practices in DRR will be presented at the World Water Forum in Brasilia in the Swiss Pavilion within the framework of the Swiss Water Partnership on March 20.

» Download programme
New Calendars from Cambodia, Laos and Uganda

These calendars were produced as part of the IFAD-funded project 'Scaling-up SLM with smallholder farmers'. It contains information on different SLM practices in the project countries .

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WOCATpedia contest: Call for Articles - Deadline 12th of March 2018

Share your experience and insights of a field-tested successful example of sustainable land management (SLM) in a landscape with protected areas as part of ecosystems, which has positive impacts on climate resilience (including flood and drought regulation) and on biodiversity, helping to sustain both ecosystems and human well-being.

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The new decision support system TRENDS.EARTH

TRENDS.EARTH - a decision support system that uses earth observation systems to evaluate changes in land condition, using the power of cloud computing through a free and open source tool.

The TRENDS.EARTH tool was built as a multi-level decision support system which can be used for a range of analyses -  from the effects of specific interventions on land condition to national level reporting to Sustainable Development Goal 15.3.

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Land resources planning (LRP) Toolbox and publication

The LRP Secretariat of FAO has launched its land resources planning Toolbox and a complementing publication. You can find the land resourcees planning Toolbox here. It is a categorized inventory of existing tools and apporaches to support decision makers and land users in land management and restoration. It was developed by taking into account emerging needs and trends in existing LRP tools which were identified by around 750 land management practicioners. The responses and results from the practicioners are also summarized in the publication "Land Resources Planning for Sustainable Land Management".

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2017

New publication: where people and their land are safer - A Compendium of Good Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction


This publication is derived from a collaboration between the Swiss NGO DRR Platform, the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern and WOCAT. This Compendium systematically describes and analyses over 30 well-established and successful land-related/ land-based practices for the prevention, reduction, and management of disaster risks, highlighting the potential of SLM for DRR.

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Launch of the new WOCAT website

We are very happy to announce that the new WOCAT website will be launched next week from 8th to 9th of August!

Please be aware that during this time the website functions are not fully working and new WOCAT user applications will be treated after the launch.

Please make sure to re-activate your password on the new website when you log in to your WOCAT account after the launch. You may choose the same password as before.

International Women's Day

For international Women's Day, find out the latest updates about the UNCCD-WOCAT collaboration on gender-responsive SLM. A new gender tool is currently being tested with WOCAT network partners in more than 10 countries to help assess how gender-responsiveness SLM technologies are and what needs to be done to enhance their adoption by female and male farmers. UNCCD and WOCAT will share information about the tool on our channels. Stay tuned for more information at the UNCCD COP event where the tool will be presented at an official session. 

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