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Multi-Donor Trust Fund for SLM

The Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) for Sustainable Land Management is currently being established and will be announced on Desertification and Drought Day, June 17, 2024

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Leveraging Expertise, Partnerships, and Flexible Funding Mechanisms

The The Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) for Sustainable Land Management will serves as a sustainable funding mechanism, consolidating various funding sources to streamline WOCAT's operations and enhance management efficiency. This unified approach reduces administrative burdens, ensures predictable financing, and fosters strategic resource prioritization, promoting regional integration and collaboration to effectively address sustainable land management (SLM) challenges.

It unites diverse stakeholders, including international donors, institutions, local and regional governments, international bodies, the private sector, and civil society. It enhances Sustainable Land Management (SLM) through:

  • Leveraging Expertise: Facilitates knowledge exchange and capacity building, with a focus on South-South Cooperation to share relevant SLM knowledge and foster innovative problem-solving.
  • Facilitating Partnerships: Provides a platform for partnerships between international bodies, local governments, private sector, and civil society, enabling coordinated efforts and resource pooling for greater impact.
  • Providing Flexible Funding Mechanisms: Offers various funding options, such as small grants for innovative SLM projects, to meet diverse stakeholder needs and capacities.
  • Ensuring Local Involvement and Empowerment: Actively involves local and regional governments and communities to ensure culturally sensitive and locally relevant projects, increasing ownership and sustainability.

Are you interested in contributing to the MDTF

Contributing to the MDTF is a strategic way to support global, regional, national, and local SLM initiatives and activities. Donors can provide financial resources that are managed transparently and efficiently by the UN Trust Fund Manager. To discuss a contribution, contact the WOCAT Secretariat (wocat.cde@unibe.ch) for detailed guidelines and partnership opportunities, ensuring your investment drives impactful and sustainable land management solutions worldwide.

Contribution Options

  • One-time Contributions: Support the initiation of the MDTF in its first year (2025) with a one-time contribution starting from 50,000 USD. These funds will be non-earmarked, allowing for flexible use across activities.
  • Multi-year Contributions: Commit to an annual contribution of 50,000 USD or more for a minimum of three years. These funds can be earmarked to support specific outcomes, ensuring targeted support for particular agendas or regions, and addressing identified priorities effectively (non-earmarked funds are prioritized to ensure comprehensive and adaptable support for WOCAT's objectives).

MDTF Announcement

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On June 17, 2024, during the Desertification and Drought Day, the Multi Donor Trust Fund will be officially announced.

Find here the more details on the global observance of the Desertification and Drought Day 2024

MDTF Launch

In December 2024, the Multi-Donor Trust Fund will be officially launched at UNCCD COP16 in Saudi Arabia.

Together with donors and the global SLM community

Find here more details om the UNCCD COP16

Details about the Trust Fund

Institutional aspects of the MDTF

The MDTF is planned to be hosted by the UNCCD Secretariat, which will take financial accountability for the MDTF funds. The governance arrangement ensures efficient decision-making and oversight, with streamlined allocation processes and clear lines of accountability. These arrangements are based on the principles of inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, and consensus-based decisions.

The MDTF activities are governed by a Steering Committee comprising WOCAT Consortium Partners and selected WOCAT Organizational Members. This committee is supported by the WOCAT Global Executive Team and the WOCAT Secretariat.

Trust Fund Structure

Distribution of Funds

The allocation of funds ensures a balanced distribution across four key categories, focusing on global and regional activities, innovation, and necessary administrative support:

  • Global Activities (30%): Geared towards accelerating the global uptake of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and its multiple contributions to sustainable development.
  • Regional Activities (40%): Led by WOCAT Regional Clusters, aimed at mainstreaming SLM and Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) in regional strategic agendas and implementing and scaling up SLM at the local level.
  • Innovative SLM Projects (17%): Reserved for funding small innovative SLM projects, distributed as grants through a yearly SLM innovation call.
  • UNCCD Administrative Fee (13%): Covers administrative costs associated with implementing and managing the MDTF.
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Contact us if you are interested in getting more information wocat.cde@unibe.ch

WOCAT 2020+ Concept Note

Developed by the Consortium Partners, the WOCAT 2020+ Concept Note describes the goal, strategy and the new organizational structure of WOCAT.

WOCAT-related UNCCD COP15 decisions

5 of the 36 decisions taken at COP15 highlight the role of WOCAT in supporting knowledge sharing, generating SLM good practices data and building capacity in collaboration with UNCCD and other partners.