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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2016/B32/S13.020

IMPLEMENTING WOCAT METHODOLOGY IN ROMANIA. A CASE STUDY

G. Leucuta, R. Halbac-Cotoara-Zamfir
Wednesday 7 September 2016 by Libadmin2016

References: 16th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2016, www.sgem.org, SGEM2016 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-62-9 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 28 - July 6, 2016, Book3 Vol. 2, 149-156 pp

ABSTRACT
Sustainable land management (SLM) is a procedure based on knowledge that aims at integrating the management of land, water, biodiversity, and other environmental resources to meet the current human needs, while protecting the resources for the future generations.
World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) is a global network of SLM specialists, institutions and national / regional initiatives that provides tools and methods that allow SLM specialists to document local knowledge and make it accessible at international level.
This paper presents a WOCAT case study application in a country from Eastern Europe (Romania), a region where little knowledge has been documented in this manner. In Romania, the concept of SLM is applied too little, and although “traditional” SLM practices have been used for centuries they remain knowledge disseminated and accessible only at local level. The importance of documenting knowledge in order to make it accessible at international level has a vital importance for the future of SLM concept and for the future sustainable development of the planet.

Keywords: sustainable land management, WOCAT, knowledge

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