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Best practices in sustainable land management

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Examples from the SPI report

In 2017, UNCCD’s Science Policy Interface (SPI) published a report  showcasing several dozen examples of individual sustainable land management (SLM) best practices selected from scientific journal articles, research papers and SLM databases (including WOCAT). This information is categorised by land use type and technology group. 

The WOCAT global database on SLM

The WOCAT database is one of the largest SLM global databases. The database contains more than 2,180 SLM practices from 130 countries, in twelve different languages, including best practices reported by UNCCD Parties. 

Best practice examples
Community protection of microbasins through reforestation

A community-led reforestation effort that led to the legal protection of a forest area and improved water quality and quantity from the microbasin located within the forest area. The community-led ensures the quantity and quality of the water supply and the legal protection of the forest area. Communities using the micro-basin agreed to make the area a protected forest area and stop using it for other purposes (such as grazing or agriculture). Community greenhouses were established to produce native tree species seedlings, which are then transplanted in the field over time. Note: For this SLM technology case, the SPI report on Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change refers to: Wendland, K.J., et al. 2015. Protected Area Effectiveness in European Russia: A Postmatching Panel Data Analysis. Land Economics, 91 (1), 149–168. ISSN 0023-7639; E-ISSN 1.

Reducing deforestation
Community protection of microbasins through reforestation