WOCAT Success Stories

WOCATeers around the globe are using WOCAT tools and methods. Here they are telling about their achievements, successes, future goals and their way of benefitting from the global WOCAT network.

  • The future looks even more promising as we will be joining the global network with which we could share not only our best practices and experiences but could use experiences gained and lessons learned by other countries.

    Tashi Wangdi, Bhutan
    Project Manager, National Soil Services Centre (NSSC)
  • We have already begun to implement the WOCAT questionnaires for the approaches and technologies, they are very practical and helped us to have a database on land conservation.

    Donia Jendoubi, Tunisia
    PhD, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern
  • The beneficial features of WOCAT are the database including the photos and illustrations as well as the information about the cost-benefit and the requirements which helped us to explain to the farmers the benefits of each technology.

    Feras Ziadat, Jordan
    Scientist, Integrated Water and Land Management, ICARDA
  • So that is our suggestion, to formalize WOCAT within South Africa and to make sure that we have got a home for WOCAT, somebody looking after it.

    Lehman Lindeque, South Africa
    Research Scientist, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Directorate Land Use and Soil Management
  • After several years of application of WOCAT we think it’s a good tool. Local farmers, the government and also academic persons have benefitted from WOCAT implementation.

    Zengming Song, PR China
    PhD, PRC-GEF Partnership on Land Degradation in Dryland Ecosystems
  • Around 50 technologies and approaches have been documented … those we are implementing now in an SLM project.

    Frehiwot Desta Jagre, Ethiopia
    Land use case team coordinator In SNNPR Bureau of Agriculture
  • WOCAT tools and methods are really helpful to document knowledge from the field. If you want to implement a technology you can always go through the WOCAT database and search for technologies suitable for that area...

    Madhav Dhakal, Nepal
    Hydrological Analyst, ICIMOD
  • I think this is where WOCAT could come in, is to monitor the impact and the effect of all the contributions that (...) government is making on the ground and how they spend the money on different technologies that have been implemented.

    Klaus Kellner, South Africa
    Professor, School of Biological Sciences North West University
  • We have documented 28 SLM documentations, 15 out of them were developed by the GIZ Regional Program in Central Asia. Now we produce a Calendar 2014 devoted to SLM best practices which have been developed and introduced in Central Asia and stored in the WOCAT DB. 

    Natalia Mityakova, Kyrgyzstan
    Knowledge Management Specialist, GIZ
  • I used the WOCAT questionnaires to document several SLM technologies within the Upper Tana Catchment. By using them, it was easy to know how the farmers construct and maintain their technologies in their local set up and the derived benefits.

    Paul Kahiga, Kenya
    Researcher, Jomo Kenyatta University
  • Using the WOCAT tools, we have realized the first nationwide assessment of land condition and documented almost 30 SLM best practices which were published in the book “Sustainable Land Management in Senegal: tools and policies”.

    Dethie S. Ndiaye, Senegal
    Forest engineer, Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE)
  • WOCAT QT enables us to document new conservation practices in Latin America. There is a huge potential to showcase agricultural practices which allow farmers to sustain food security, conserve soil and water and adapt to climate change.

    AnaMaria Garcia, Benjamin Kiersch, Meliza Gonzalez, Felix Zingg
    WOCAT Team FAO Santiago de Chile
  • WOCAT tools are used in the Kagera Transboundary Agroecosystem Project (Kagera TAMP) in the Kagera basin. The methodology is plausible and now adopted in the four East African countries Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Uganda.

    Joseph Anania Bizima
    Regional Project Coordinator FAO Kagera TAMP Project
  • Working with WOCAT has enabled land beneficiaries and experts to assess and control land degradation. The Kibanja cropping system typical in Kagera Region is now recognized worldwide and the team is very proud of the results.

    Allan Bubelwa, Jasson Rwazo, Godfrey Baraba, Fidelis Kaihura
    Kagera TAMP project, team Tanzania
  • The WOCAT tools helped us to produce reader-friendly SLM case studies which will be used to exchange field experiences among all stakeholders in the Kagera basin and to support decisions on upscaling SLM technologies and approaches.

    Iwona Piechowiak
    Natural Resources Management Officer, FAO Kagera TAMP Project
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