WOCAT (World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies), HIMCAT (Himalayan Conservation Approaches and Technologies)

The World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) is a global network of Sustainable Land Management(SLM) specialists that facilitates the sharing of knowledge on soil and water management and the efficient use of existing know-how. The ICIMOD and WOCAT association began in 2001. ICIMOD is the focal point of the WOCAT network in the HKH region. The Himalayan Conservation Approaches and Technologies (HIMCAT) network was created as an offspring of the global WOCAT initiative – a virtual platform set up to enable its members and other SLM specialists from across Asia to share their information and knowledge on Sustainable Land Management. In several countries WOCAT country initiatives have been created, for example, in Bangladesh (BANCAT), Bhutan (BhuCAT) and Nepal (NEPCAT). In 2009 new initiatives have been created in Afghanistan (AfgCAT) and Pakistan and further expansion in the HKH region is envisaged in 2010 in Myanmar (MyaCAT) and other countries.

WOCAT’s vision is that local knowledge on sustainable land management is shared and used globally to improve livelihoods and the environment.

The main objectives of the WOCAT network are:

  • To provide a standardised methodology for documentation, evaluation and monitoring of SLM practices
  • To create an international network and platform for sharing SLM knowledge
  • To assist people in their search for appropriate SLM technologies and approaches
  • To support people in making decisions in the field and at the planning level


The ICIMOD and WOCAT association began in 2001. ICIMOD is the focal point of the WOCAT network in the HKH region and the collaboration is ongoing.

Geographical coverage

Currently active in Afghanistan (AfgCAT), Bangladesh (BANCAT), Bhutan (BHUCAT), China, India, Myanmar (MYACAT), Nepal (NEPCAT) and Pakistan (PakCAT).

Core financial partners/development partners/sponsors

The WOCAT concept is that the partners have to finance themselves thourgh thier own projects and programmes.

Implementing partners

Afghanistan: Sustainable Land Management Institute (SLMI)
Bangladesh: BANCAT: Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board (CHTDB), Soil Resources Development Institute (SRDI), Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI), Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences of the Chittagong University (IFESCU)
Bhutan: National Soil Service Centre, Ministry of Agriculture

Myanmar: Department of Forest, Myanmar Agriculture Services, Forest Research Institute, Department of Agriculture Research, University of Forestry, University of Agriculture, Dry Zone Greening Department, Perennial Crops Enterprise, and FAO Myanmar

Nepal: Department of Soil Conservaton and Watershed Management (DSCWM), National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC), International Development Enterprises (IDE) Nepal, LI-BIRD, Sustainable Soil Management Programme (SSMP), and Kathmandu University.

Pakistan: Intercooperation and their partners

Contact information

Madhav Prasad Dhakal
Research Associate/Soil and Water Conservation