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Learning material on sustainable land management

Publications and articles from the UNCCD




Sustainable Land Management Contribution to Land-based Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: The report provides scientifically sound practical guidance for selecting SLM practices that help address desertification, land degradation, and drought (DLDD), climate change adaptation and mitigation, and for creating an enabling environment for their large-scale implementation considering local realities. It targets a broad audience from scientists, policy makers, landowners, community stakeholders and enterprises.




Sustainable Land Management for Climate and People Science-Policy brief: This Policy Brief provides scientifically-sound guidance for decision makers to help develop SLM strategies and related policies that promote synergies and address trade-offs between multiple objectives related to DLDD, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and for creating an enabling environment to overcome possible barriers for selection and large-scale implementation of effective SLM practices considering local realities.




GLO Working Paper on Scaling up Sustainable Land Management and Restoration of Degraded Land: To achieve the ambitious goals of alleviating poverty, securing food and water supplies, and protecting the natural resource base, we need to recognize the inter-connectedness of the factors driving land degradation, so that solutions can be taken to scale, transforming management practices for millions of land users. An analysis of the critical barriers and incentives to achieve scaling up suggests that the most appropriate options should be selected through the involvement of stakeholders at all levels, from local to national and international.


GLO Working Paper on Land Tenure and Rights for Improved Land Management and Sustainable Development: This working paper explores how land tenure systems in different ecosystems and bio-cultural regions around the world are linked to land degradation or sustainable land management. It is against this backdrop that five major issues surrounding land tenure, and rights for improved land management and sustainable development, are addressed.


Find other publications on SLM in the UNCCD eLibrary.

“Sustainable Land Management and Land Restoration” e-learning course 

The FAO  in collaboration with  CIHEAM-Bari, WOCAT, ELD and The University of Leeds presents an e-learning course on “Sustainable Land Management and Land Restoration.”  

The course is focused on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices and their place within the global development agenda. The e-learning course targets policymakers at different levels as well as extension service agents, practitioners, land and water management technicians, and land users. It provides an opportunity to download lectures or to practice online. 

Learn more about the e-learning course or visit the FAO e-learning platform

Instructional videos from WOCAT on sustainable land management



  Biological pest control in Brazil: The technology aims to reduce the use of common agrochemicals by supporting preferred habitats of biological pest control agents like amphibians and by using alternative self-made organic pesticides.



  Soil erosion control using stone lines in Kenya: Kenyan farmer David Njeru Kibuthi shows how to construct a stone line on moderate slopes with many stones and describes the many benefits he gets since he used this technology on his farm.

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  Livestock grazing management in Madagascar: This video shows the propagation of Euphorbia stenoclada (“samata”) cuttings for long-term provision of supplementary livestock fodder to reduce the pressure on natural vegetation.



  Minimum soil disturbance in western Siberia: Inappropriate land use and poor management on the steppe in Western Siberia has led to widespread degradation. One initiative taken was to test sustainable intensification using no-till and minimum tillage techniques.



  Water management in Tajikistan: Due to a lack of springs and nearby rivers, roof top rainwater harvesting is very important in many areas offering a simple method to collect and store water. An earth tank is lined with a polyethylene sheet and can retain thousands of litres of rainwater collected from the roof of the house.

Find other videos on SLM in the WOCAT media library

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