Building up and sharing knowledge for better decision making on soil and water conservation in a changing mountain environment - the WOCAT experience

Liniger, Hanspeter; van Lynden, Godert (2005). Building up and sharing knowledge for better decision making on soil and water conservation in a changing mountain environment - the WOCAT experience. In: Stocking, Michael; Hellemann, Hilde; White, Roger (eds.) Renewable natural resources management for mountain communities (pp. 103-114). Kathmandu, Nepal: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

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For successful implementation of any soil and water conservation (SWC) or sustainable land management practice, it is essential to have a proper understanding of the natural and human environment in which these practices are applied. This understanding should be based on comprehensive information concerning the application of the technologies and not solely on the technological details. The World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) is documenting and evaluating SWC practices worldwide, following a standardised methodology that facilitates exchange and comparison of experiences. Notwithstanding this standardisation, WOCAT allows flexible use of its outputs, adapted to different users and different environments. WOCAT offers a valuable tool for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of SWC practices and their potential for application in other areas. Besides collecting a wealth of information, gaps in available information are also exposed, showing the need for more research in those fields. Several key issues for development- oriented research have been identified and are being addressed in collaboration with a research programme for mitigating syndromes of global change.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Liniger, Hanspeter

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISBN:

92-9115-028-2

Publisher:

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

29 Oct 2015 13:44

Last Modified:

29 Oct 2015 13:44

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.71744

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/71744

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