WOCAT 2020+ The Global Network for Sustainable Land Management


Implementing sustainable land management is essential for reducing land degradation and achieving climate and livelihood resilience. WOCAT, the Swiss founded Global Sustainable Land Management Platform, offers robust and up-to-date knowledge and tools for evidence-based decision-making to implement the most appropriate practices within a given context to improve land resources, ecosystems and livelihoods.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Global
Agriculture & food security
Agricultural land resources
01.01.2021 - 31.12.2024
CHF  1’040’000
Background Inappropriate land management, along with climate change and associated disasters, place enormous pressure on natural resources, undermining land productivity and ecosystem resilience. Concerted efforts are needed to address these challenges, avoid, reduce or reverse land degradation, and aim for more sustainable landscapes. Global networks and knowledge platforms, such as WOCAT, the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies, founded by the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern in Switzerland, play a crucial role in tackling these challenges. WOCAT promotes the documentation, sharing and use of knowledge to support adaptation, innovation and decision-making in sustainable land management, brokers knowledge between science, policy and societal partners, and develops the capacity of institutions and stakeholders.
Objectives WOCAT 2020+ aims to be a leading and collaborative platform of expertise and a major transformative force in supporting countries and institutions around the world to scale up sustainable land management and foster related sustainable development goals addressed by the three Rio conventions (UN Convention to Combat Desertification, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and Convention on Biological Diversity). Land users and the public benefit from more secure ecosystem services due to wide adoption and mainstreaming of sustainable land management facilitated by the WOCAT network and its partners.
Target groups International organizations, UNCCD and its parties, advisory services, non-governmental organizations, research institutes and academia
Medium-term outcomes

Outcome 1: WOCAT 2020+ is established, institutionalized and sustainably funded at global and regional level

Outcome 2: WOCAT 2020+ provides and promotes state of the art sustainable land management knowledge and tools for adaptation and evidence-based decision-making and capacitates stakeholders in bringing sustainable land management to scale

Results

Expected results:  

Successful transition to a decentralized
governance structure, functioning regional
clusters in at least four regions as well as a
secured multi-donor basket fund and a
robust monitoring system to assess
WOCAT’s impacts.

Capitalization on WOCAT database and tools
through regular state-of-the-art analysis in
collaboration with global, regional and national
key SLM stakeholders to serve as a basis for
decision support, inform policy making and
identify knowledge gaps for research.

Capacity development and guidance to UNCCD
parties and network partners and SLM stakeholders
in monitoring and implementation of LDN/SLM
projects and programmes. 


Results from previous phases:  

WOCAT Global Database: Enhanced global, open access database, available in five UN languages Strong increase of number of sustainable land management practices submitted to the WOCAT Database, totalling over 2000, and nearly 90’000 visits since 2016.

WOCAT’s growing recognition in recent years have made it a global reference on sustainable land management: Referencing of the WOCAT Database in main assessment reports (e.g. IPCC report on Climate Change and Land),  and use of the WOCAT Database in the design and implementation of sustainable land management projects by e.g. Global Environment Facility accredited agencies such as the World Bank or FAO.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Academic and Research Institution
  • Unversität Bern


Coordination with other projects and actors UNCCD
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’040’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    250’000
Project phases Phase 4 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2024   (Current phase) Phase 3 01.12.2015 - 30.04.2020   (Completed) Phase 2 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 1 01.01.2008 - 31.12.2011   (Completed)