Knowledge platforms

sustainable land management

WOCAT

WOCAT (World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies) is an established global network of sustainable land management (SLM) specialists, contributing to SLM by sharing and evaluating knowledge. In 2014, WOCAT was officially recognized by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) as the primary recommended database for documenting sustainable land management best practices.
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water and land resource project

Water and Land Resource Project

The Water and Land Resource Centre (WLRC) Project concerns two transboundary river basins in the Horn of Africa and East Africa: the Blue Nile/Eastern Nile Basin in Ethiopia, and the Ewaso Ng’iro Basin in Kenya/Somalia. It is designed to systematically collect, integrate, and share data that are otherwise highly fragmented, incomplete, or not available at all. Cross-sectoral and cross-scale knowledge generation and dissemination are essential preconditions for integrated regional management of water resources and resulting sustainable use of water and land.
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The Land Observatory

The Land Observatory aims to improve the quality and inclusiveness of policy dialogue and decision-making on land-related investments. By developing a geo-referenced interactive platform on land acquisitions (or “land grabbing”) the platform will provide the possibility to monitor these activities and generate policy inputs.
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Sudan Capacity Development in Geoinformation Management

In early 2002, CDE began providing updated demarcation and geo-hydrological maps of the Nuba Mountains. In 2004, they followed this with provision of comprehensive geospatial databases and thematic maps to support peace missions undertaken by the international community in Darfur, Abyei, and Southern Sudan. As part of the project, a map shop and a web-based GIS tool were developed. More than 150,000 people have obtained information from the “Sudan Map Download Site” so far. Reports, hardcopy maps, digital map files, and individually compiled desktop maps are available.
Sudan Map Shop 

The Lao DECIDE Info Project

The Lao DECIDE info Project seeks to stimulate data and information sharing between relevant sectors and administrative levels to improve evidence-based socio-economic planning and decision-making in Lao PDR. Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the project supports the Lao Department of Statistics in providing user-friendly statistical and spatial data to a wide range of users. Through a set of practical tools and procedures, the project provides web-based open access to detailed socio-economic data and information in various formats.
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