Documentation and evaluation of Soil and Water Conservation measures
WOCAT (World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies) is an established global network of Soil and Water Conservation (SWC) specialists, contributing to sustainable land management (SLM). WOCAT’s goal is to prevent and reduce land degradation through SLM technologies and their implementation approaches. The network provides tools that allow SLM specialists to identify fields and needs of action, share their valuable knowledge in land management, that assist them in their search for appropriate SLM technologies and approaches, and that support them in making decisions in the field and at the planning level and in up-scaling identified best practices .
WOCAT Technology and Approach databases
WOCAT provides a global open-access database system on SLM Practices with direct application to knowledge of soil and water conservation. The database system comprises case studies on more than 460 SLM technologies and 240 SLM approaches. The information is mostly qualitative, based on expert judgement, and could benefit from some research-based quantitative data, in particular with respect to impact and costs/benefits, respectively.
Research activities (options):
Verify and quantify the impact of SWC technologies as described in the WOCAT Technology database.
Quantify costs and benefits of SWC technologies as described in the WOCAT Technology database and identify data gaps.