Decision Support for Mainstreaming and Scaling Out Sustainable Land Management (DS-SLM)

The DS-SLM project contributes to arresting and reversing current global trends in land degradation by supporting 15 countries in mainstreaming and scaling out SLM.

About the project

Roughly 52% of the world’s agriculture land is moderately or severely affected by land degradation. Another 2 billion hectares of land – an area twice the size of China – are thought to be seriously degraded, in some cases irreversibly. Land degradation reduces productivity and food security, disrupts vital ecosystem functions, harms biodiversity and water resources, and increases carbon emissions and vulnerability to climate change.

The goal of the DS-SLM project is to help halt and reverse global trends of land degradation. The project aims to help combat Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought (DLDD) worldwide by scaling up Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices based on evidence-based, informed decision-making.

DS-SLM seeks to increase the provision of ecosystem goods and services and to enhance food security in countries and regions affected by DLDD. The project does this by promoting SLM, integrated resource management, and efficient use of natural resources.

The DS-SLM project is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in close consultation with Executing Agencies in  15 countries and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) hosting the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Secretariat.

DS Framework

Project results

The projects results for each country can be seen on the single country pages which are still work in progress.

The SLM practices evaluated and partly implemented in DS-SLM are documented in the Global WOCAT SLM Database.

Global WOCAT SLM Database

SLM practices of DS-SLM documented in the Global WOCAT SLM Database.

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Decision Support for Mainstreaming and Scaling out SLM

Author: FAO, WOCAT, Year: 2016, Languages: English

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DS-SLM Technical Guidelines Module 1 Mainstreaming

Author: Soledad Bastidas, FAO, Year: 2015, Languages: English

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SLM Mainstreaming Tool

Author: Soledad Bastidas, FAO, Year: 2019, Languages: English

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Guidelines for the national assessment and mapping of land degradation and conservation

Author: Monica Petri; Riccardo Biancalani; Lehman Lindeque; Freddy Nachtergaele, Year: 2019, Languages: English

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Selected country publications

DS-SLM Colombia: Resultados

Author: FAO Colombia; UPRA, Year: 2019, Languages: Spanish

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Videos from project countries

DS-SLM Video Colombia

Author: UPRA; FAO, Year: 2018, Languages: Spanish

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Stefan Schlingloff

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Project duration

2015 - 2019