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.


AfrioCAT learning event: SLM practices and tenure in the Sub-Saharan Africa context

Together with several AfrioCAT partners, WOCAT organized an online learning event on SLM and land tenure. The event targeted SLM practitioners, who are interested in learning and contributing to a better understanding of the dynamic relationship between land tenure and the specific SLM practices implemented at the grassroots. The workshop materials are now available online.

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New publication on Aralkum Desert

Former partner of WOCAT for Central Asia, Kristina Toderich, is co-autor of the new publication on the Aralkum Desert. The publication is the result of a collaboration between the Arid Land Research Center (ALRC), the International Platform for Dryland Research and Education (IPDRE), Tottori University, and researchers in Uzbekistan. After the Aral Sea having dried up due to human activities, a new ecosystem called Aralkum Desert has emerged. In this book, the authors describe the use of salt-tolerant plants and the possible introduction into a saline agricultural production system.

» Read more here
New IYRP Policy Brief on Rangelands and Land Degradation Neutrality

The IYRP Rangelands & Land Degradation Neutrality Working Group has prepared a policy brief on global actions for sustainable rangelands and pastoralism to achieve LDN. It calls for a shift in perspective from viewing rangelands as problems to recognizing them as a sustainable solution. The policy brief includes eight recommendations for the UNCCD COP such as stopping indiscriminate conversion of rangelands, recognizing the importance of pastoral mobility or promoting integrated, multifunctional land use.

» Download policy brief here
Online course on SLM and restoration

The FAO elearning Academy has launched a new free online course on SLM and restoration: "Using land-cover information to monitor progress on Sustainable Development Goal 15". It provides guidance to policy makers, practitioners and land users in the selection, planning, implementation and monitoring of SLM interventions.

The course has been developed in collaboration with UNCCD, GEO-LDN and GIZ, and has been supported by WOCAT. The ICBA made the course available in Arabic.

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LDN workshop in Ecuador

Together with Condesan, WOCAT is organizing a 3-day workshop in Quito, Ecuador. Diverse institutions are coming together for a participatory assessment of land degradation, aiming to set a national strategy for LDN. With opening remarks and representatives also the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Ecological Transition (MAATE) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) are part of the event.

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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.

» read the decisions here
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.

» learn more about WOCAT's LDN activities here
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.

» learn more about the Global SLM Database
SLM knowledge products

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

» discover WOCAT's knowledge products

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