A modular framework for the documentation and assessment of SLM practices
The ultimate goal of documenting and assessing land management practices is to share and spread valuable knowledge in land management, support evidence-based decision-making, and scale up identified good/ best practices. To achieve this, it is important to analyse field experiences and gain a better understanding of the reasons behind successful SLM practices, regardless of whether they were introduced by projects or whether they are found in traditional systems.
WOCAT focuses on efforts to prevent and reduce land degradation and restore degraded land through improved land management technologies and approaches to implement these. All practices may be considered, whether they are traditional or indigenous, newly introduced through projects or programmes, adopted and/ or adapted by land users, or recent innovations.
The WOCAT framework is flexible and open. It enables users to include specific topics, depending on their interests and needs, to expand the standardized WOCAT Core questionnaires.
Development of the following modules has been completed or initiated: Climate change adaptation (QC), Climate Change Mitigation/ Carbon Benefits, Economics of SLM and Biodiversity.
The realization of additional modules depends on the initiative of interested partners and the mobilization of resources. WOCAT is open for collaboration, joint projects, and further development of the knowledge base. All modules will be docked onto the core version of QT and QA.
A further tool, the questionnaire on SLM Mapping (QM), has been developed to analyse and depict the spatial distribution of SLM and land degradation processes, causes, and impacts.