Practical Training on WOCAT Tools and Methods in Afghanistan


With technical support from ICIMOD, the Sustainable Land Management Institute Organization (SLMIO) organized an eight-day practical training on the documentation and sharing of sustainable land management technologies and approaches using World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) tools and methods. The training, held at Bamyan University in Afghanistan 27 November–04 December, had 16 participants from relevant government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and Bamyan University, many of whom were from the central highlands and northern provinces of Afghanistan.

The training enhanced the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of participants in the application of WOCAT tools and methods for evaluating, documenting, and disseminating sustainable land management technologies and approaches. It also encouraged active participation in WOCAT networks and gave participants a chance to share valuable knowledge and experiences in sustainable land and water management. As a part of the practical training, participants spent one day in Band-e Jamil village, where they evaluated they local sustainable land management technologies and approaches through interactions with community members.  

SLMIO will follow-up with participants on post-training actions plans prepared during the training and will continue to provide technical support in the collection of information through questionnaires on technology and approach and in entering this information into the database.