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Share Your Best Practice on the Knowledge Hub


For UNCCD stakeholders the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) is the primary recommended database for best practices on “sustainable land management (SLM) technologies, including adaptation”. WOCAT facilitates the exchange of knowledge on this topic with stakeholders worldwide – from land users to decision-makers – with the aim to improve land management.

All data on SLM best practices, as previously shared through the UNCCD PRAIS system in the UNCCD reporting process, was migrated to the WOCAT platform. Further, the WOCAT secretariat has revised the template for reporting on these best practices in their database, based on guidance and feedback received from UNCCD parties at COP 12

All information on SLM best practices, both in the PRAIS format as well as in the new WOCAT format, are available through the UNCCD Knowledge Hub.

If you have any new best practices you would like to report, you are invited to do so through the new WOCAT platform. The template provides you with many tools to make reporting on best practices easy for all stakeholders. To report a best practice on SLM technologies, please follow the steps below.

Registering with WOCAT

Visit the WOCAT website.

Click on “Login” in the upper right corner of the page (1).

Click on “Create a new account” (2).

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Enter the first letters of your institution’s name and see if the full name comes up. Otherwise, type the full name of the institution into the field and click on “Add your institution.”Continue filling in the form. Fields marked by an asterisk (*) are mandatory.

Check to make sure that you have entered a correct email address. You login information will be sent to this address for confirmation. Click on “Create account” to finalize.

Go to your e-mail account and follow the instructions in the automatic message you receive.

Afterwards, you will need to wait for the WOCAT secretariat to review your information and send you the confirmation e-mail. Upon receiving the confirmation e-mail, you will be able to log into WOCAT SLM Database with your email address and password.

How to add a new best practice

Start by checking out a core paper questionnaire, which can be downloaded here. After filling out the questionnaire, please follow these steps:

Go to WOCAT SLM Database. The following window will appear:

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Click on “Add” under SLM technology. The “Login” form will open. Enter your email address and password that you used when registering with WOCAT.

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The “New SLM Technology” will open. You will be assigned as a compiler of the technology. Read the Introduction to the questionnaire (3) and follow the help tour by clicking on the links (4).

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Click on “Start data entry” to add your technology (5).

The data entry form consists of seven sections. Click on the button to edit a section and enter your data. The numbers indicate how many questions have already been filled out in this section. 

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After entering the data, the form can be saved as a draft. As a compiler responsible for the data entry, you will be able to invite editors (WOCAT users) to review it clicking on “Edit” button. The editors should be registered WOCAT users.

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Once the data entry is complete, the compiler can submit it for review. After the review, it will be submitted for publication and your SLM technology will become available online through the WOCAT SLM Database and the UNCCD Knowledge Hub.

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