WOCAT deals with local and global
concerns and linkages to SDGs
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 dedicated – on the one hand – to assisting land users, and – on the other – to helping governments define national policy. WOCAT is engaged in the international debate on land degradation, ecosystems, climate change, and SLM. It works to implement the objectives of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), of which the WOCAT database is an official tool. Furthermore, WOCAT’s focus on SLM in the broadest sense anchors it firmly within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For example, it promotes sustainable livelihoods for poverty reduction (SDG 1) and sustainable agriculture and food security (SDG 2). It is concerned with water security (SDG 6) and sustainable energy (SDG 7). The focus on climate change-related issues that involve land – including adaptation, resilience, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction – all fall under “climate action” (SDG 13). The broad range of issues that concern land degradation, biodiversity, and ecosystems are covered by “life on land” (SDG 15).