WOCATpedia is a knowledge management platform on Sustainable Land Management(SLM) and Agricultural Water Management aiming at the improvement of food security under conditions of climate change in developing countries. WOCATpedia stands for easy and free access to knowledge and invites you to share your own knowledge and experience by contributing articles and documents.
Water and Land will become one of the earth’s most limited resources due to population growth, climate change and other effects of human activity. Already today, fresh water of good quality is scarce in many regions, hindering their development. As agriculture accounts for approximately 70 per cent of global water consumption it is a highly strategic field of action, through stopping wasteful use of water while increasing food production and protecting water resources and the environment. After three decades of declining investment in development cooperation for agriculture, the international community focusses on the strategic importance of food security, agricultural water management and sustainable land management plays a major role. However, one of the obstacles is that potential investment plans lack the broadly available expertise to design and implement locally adapted policies, programmes and techniques on the necessary global scale.
There is, however, a wealth of experience in agricultural water and sustainable land management gathered through development cooperation during the eighties and nineties which, together with more recent know-how, is highly relevant for today’s urgent needs. This is why WOCATpedia is collecting relevant documents and promoting the exchange of knowledge and experience providing a base for further development of approaches.
Who is addressed?
The platform provides easy and free access for all who are interested in the subject, in particular users who work in the context of development cooperation. WOCATpedia focuses on two types of users: a) generalists working in development organisations and b) practitioners in development programmes. The first, generalists, may be in need of a concise overview on specific aspects of agricultural water and sustainable land management for informed decision-making and management tasks. The practitioners, on the other hand, frequently need context-specific and in-depth documentation for locally adapted solutions.
What is in there?
Therefore, WOCATpedia, in this initial phase, consists of two main components:
a) A collection of short articles which are easy to read and to understand, providing an overview on Agricultural Water and Sustainable Land Management in development cooperation, with references to documents for further study and links to WOCATpedia’s own library.
b) An on-line library with a collection of all types of documents on Agricultural Water and Sustainable Land Management in development cooperation.
The platform is open to further development according to needs, progress made and available resources.
WOCATpedia is aiming at an involvement of practitioners and experts working in agricultural land and water management development sector in order to create a knowledge platform that allows easy access to information and enhance the exchange of knowledge for better livelihood through sustainable land and water management.
It promotes universally accessible knowledge and experience exchange to contribute to sustainable water and food supply for all people.
WOCATpedia is open and free for everyone. On www.WOCATpedia.info everyone is invited to create and revise articles on technologies, approaches and projects related to sustainable land and water management for food security under conditions of climate change with regard to development cooperation.
If you want to share your knowledge and contribute to the articles have a look at the guidelines.
Or you can help to build the WOCATpedia online library by proposing relevant publications or papers that can be used free of charge. They may be your own or those of your organisation, provided they can be used freely.