“Sustainable Land Management is simply about people looking after the land – for the present and for the future.”


SLM provides flexible, adaptable solutions in a world of fast-changing natural conditions (e.g. climate change and variability, extreme weather events), social conditions (e.g. migration, feminization of agriculture), and economic conditions (e.g. changing markets).

Global and local development challenges demand that land users innovate and find ways of managing their land sustainably, staying resilient in the face of change and maintaining or improving their livelihoods and living conditions.

What is SLM for WOCAT?

SLM is defined as the use of land resources, including soils, water, animals and plants, for the production of goods to meet changing human needs, while simultaneously ensuring the long-term productive potential of these resources and the maintenance of their environmental functions.

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SLM and the Agenda 2030

Local-level occurrences can have a global impact, which is why WOCAT looks beyond local Sustainable Land Management (SLM). For example, if soil erosion occurs on enough farms, greenhouse gas emissions will rise, leading to climate change. For this reason, WOCAT is – on the one hand – dedicated to assisting land users, and – on the other – to helping governments define national policy.

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WOCAT knowledge products

WOCAT has published several SLM-relevant books and videos. This section contains a selection of the most relevant publications for global, regional, and national level. All other publications and training material are available in the WOCAT Media Library.

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WOCAT Impact Stories

Have you already heard about the impacts of SLM in countries like Cambodia and Uganda?

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