Welcome to WOCAT – the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies

WOCAT is a global network on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) that promotes the documentation, sharing and use of knowledge to support adaptation, innovation and decision-making in SLM.



The sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP16) of the UNCCD will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from 2-13 December 2024. The UNCCD is the world’s foremost platform for governments, businesses and civil society to come together and to discuss present-day challenges and chart a sustainable future for land. This year's COP will coincide with the Convention's 30th anniversary. WOCAT and partners will be present and will be announcing their contributions to sessions and side events soon. Stay tuned!

» Read more about WOCAT's participation at COP15
FAO Drylands Summer School 2024

Sharing a common vision over rangelands, FAO and several key partner such as CIFOR-ICRAF, WOCAT, IUCN, SLU, ARC, and IYRP, proudly announce the launch of the 2nd Drylands Summer School. The Summer School is funded by the UNCCD's G20 GLI and will take place at the CIFOR-ICRAF Campus in Nairobi, Kenya, from 12-15 September 2024. It targets experts, planners and policy makers who have expertise or operational responsibilities in management of drylands production systems. The focus of this second edition is on monitoring drylands and agrosilvopastoral systems towards climate change and sustainability. The deadline for receiving application forms is 5 July, 2024.

» More info and registration here!


WOCAT Newsletter January-June 2024

The WOCAT Newsletter January - June 2024 is out! As we reflect on the first half of this year, we are excited to share the latest news, updates, and publications from WOCAT and its partners. This issue highlights our digital expansion to LinkedIn and showcases a variety of upcoming events, workshops, and innovative projects designed to foster knowledge exchange and capacity building.

» Read the newsletter
Gender-responsive SLM: Call for expression of interest

WOCAT, the UNCCD Secretariat and WeCaN are launching a call for expression of interest to collect country-specific gender-disaggregated data on Sustainable Land Management practices. We invite stakeholders worldwide to apply the gender-responsive SLM tool in their local contexts from September to November 2024. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to global gender equality efforts in Sustainable Land Management.

» Learn more and apply here
PGPC/REDD+ Workshop in Burkina Faso

In the framework of the World Bank Progreen Sahel Landscape Restoration programme, the project “Gestion durable des Paysages Communaux pour la REDD+” in Burkina Faso, WOCAT organized and conducted a workshop on SLM practices and agrosilvopastoral systems for the region. Around 40 participants from Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali engaged in identifying problems and constraints to sustainable land resources management and finding solutions.

» Read more about Progreen
Knowledge Brief on South-South Cooperation

WOCAT and FAO have published a knowledge brief on South-South Cooperation (SSC) for SLM and ecosystem restoration. It is based on a survey of three regions in the global South: Latin America and the Caribbean, Central Asia and Near East and North Africa. The availability of a rich pool of knowledge is highlighted, and the enthusiasm to share and to learn is emphasized. The survey, which is available in several languages, is currently repeated globally to support the design and define the priorities of the WOCAT Regional Clusters. 

» Download the knowledge brief here
WOCAT related UNCCD COP15 decisions

Five COP15 decisions highlight the role of WOCAT in supporting knowledge sharing, generating SLM good practices data and developing capacities of UNCCD stakeholders.

WOCAT supports LDN

“Land degradation neutrality” means the maintenance and increase of the amount of healthy and productive land resources, in line with national development priorities.

Global SLM Database

The Global Database on SLM contains a vast range of good practices from all over the world and is the primary recommended database by UNCCD.

SLM knowledge products

Are you looking for global or national good SLM practices compilations, guidelines, videos, factsheets, papers or other media?

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CIAT Bioversity Alliance

Funding Partners