World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT)

WOCAT ist ein etabliertes globales Netzwerk von Landmanagement-Spezialisten, die ihre Kenntnisse austauschen und bewerten und damit einen Beitrag zur nachhaltigen Landnutzung (SLM) leisten. WOCAT's Ziel ist es, mit nachhaltigen Landnutzungpraktiken und Technologien die Bodendegradation auf der Welt zu reduzieren. WOCAT bietet verschiedene Tools und Methoden für das Wissensmanagement und die Entscheidungsunterstützung. Seit der Gründung im Jahr 1992 hat WOCAT kontinuierlich standardisierte SLM Methoden und Werkzeuge weiterentwickelt. Daraus ist ein weltweit etabliertes Wissensmanagement-System entstanden. Durch das wachsende WOCAT Netzwerk und die weltweit genutzte Datenbank werden zahlreiche SLM Erfahrungen ausgetauscht. Richtlinien für gute SLM Praktiken sind in Entwicklung.

China Loess Plateau
China Loess Plateau. Structural measures and permanent soil cover prevent surface runoff and conserve soil water by improving infiltration and reducing evaporation. Photo: Hanspeter Liniger

Set-up of the WOCAT Network

The WOCAT Network was established over two decades ago under the joint management of CDE, FAO, and World Soil Information (ISRIC). In 2014 the WOCAT Network was reorganized to establish a more formalized international network. The WOCAT Network comprises WOCAT International with nine Consortium Partners as well as WOCAT Regional/National and its Institutional and Individual Members (see section ‘partners).

Orchard-based agroforestry
Tajikistan. Orchard-based agroforestry plot surrounded by degraded lands. Photo: Hanspeter Liniger

UNCCD recognition

In early 2014, WOCAT’s growth and ongoing improvement culminated in the official recognition by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) as the primary recommended database for SLM best practices, including measures of adaptation. The UNCCD recognition gives WOCAT the mandate to support the 196 signatory countries in recording their SLM best practices and using the SLM knowledge of stakeholders worldwide – from land users to decision-makers – to improve local land management.

About the UNCCD-WOCAT partnership

Wocat video
Tajikistan. Women watching a short WOCAT video on a SLM technology during a workshop. Photo: Hanspeter Liniger

Knowledge products

Based on the WOCAT tools and methods various knowledge products have been produced together with different partners. These knowledge products help people involved in SLM to identify suitable SLM technologies and approaches, determine priority areas for interventions and make informed decisions at the local/landscape/watershed, (sub-) national and global level.  The most important WOCAT knowledge products comprise: 1) a global online database system, 2) global, regional, national books, factsheets and brochures, and 3) SLM Videos (see section ‘publications’).

Weitere Informationen: WOCAT website