WOCAT is the primary recommended database by UNCCD

UNCCD identifies WOCAT as primary recommended database for best practices on sustainable land management

We are happy to announce that an agreement between UNCCD (the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) and WOCAT was signed on 15 April 2014 by the Executive Secretary Ms. Monique Barbut and the WOCAT Director Hanspeter Liniger. UNCCD identified the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) as primary recommended database for best practices on SLM technologies.

The UNCCD’s official recognition gives WOCAT a mandate to support the 194 signatory countries in recording their own SLM best practices and using the SLM knowledge of stakeholders worldwide – from land users to decision-makers – to improve local land management.

Monique Barbut confirmed the recognition at the well-attended event “Land matters! Ignoring land and soil issues at our peril” held at the University of Bern, which was co-organized by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

For more information on the event, please refer to the CDE Website.