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2019

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.

» Participate in the WOCAT Evaluation Survey
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.

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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”.
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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.

» Learn more about the DS-SLM project in Colombia
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/

» Learn more about Decision support for SLM

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.

» Learn more about the project activities in Turkey
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.

» Learn more about the project activities in Bangladesh
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.

» Read more about the training
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.

» Read the article
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.

» Learn more about Decision-Support
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.

» Learn more about the SLM activities in Cambodia
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.
NEPAD 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.

» Download the book
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.

» Go to the contest article
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 .

» Learn more about the project and calendars
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.

Launch of the Community Platform WOCATpedia


WOCATpedia is a knowledge management platform on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Agricultural Water Management aiming at the improvement of food security under conditions of climate change in developing countries. WOCATpedia stands for easy and free access to knowledge and invites you to share your own knowledge and experience by contributing articles and documents.

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