Changes in the questionnaires structure
The structure of the questionnaire is updated periodically. This reflects the continuous process of enhancing the data quality. Questions may be altered (e.g. an open text answer is changed into a structured answer), added or deleted. Existing data can be updated if the compiler of the questionnaire starts editing a published case. The specific changes are listed below.
How to update an SLM Technology
Create a new version of the Technology. This creates a new draft version of a submitted Technology. The original data is copied into the new version. You now need to enter or complement data for questions that were added or modified in the new edition of the questionnaire.
During this process, you can still open and view the original data in the previous submitted and published version of your Technology. This allows you to cross-check the data and compare the two versions.
When updating your Technology, please focus on the changes made in the new edition of the questionnaire, which are listed below.
After you finish editing the data, your technology will be redirected through the WOCAT review process.
Once this is completed, the new version of the Technology will be published and become visible to the public.
Technologies: Edition 2018
1.2: A new option "co-compiler" was added to question "Key resource persons".
1.2: The questions "Address", "Phone" and "E-Mail" of "Key resource persons" were removed.
1.3: The question "Date of compilation in the field" was moved to 7.1.
2.5: The questions about "Spread of the Technology" (previously in 3.5) were integrated into 2.5.
2.5: A new question "If precise area is known, please specify" was added.
2.5: A new question "Is/are the technology site(s) located in a permanently protected area?" was added.
3.2: A separate question about "Mixed land use" was added.
3.2: New questions about crops, intercropping and crop rotation for land use type "Cropland" were added.
3.2: The question "Main crops" of land use type "Cropland" was removed.
3.2: New questions about grazing land (animal type, crop-livestock management practices, products and services) were added.
3.2: The question "Main animal species and products" of land use type "Grazing land" was removed.
3.2: A new question "Livestock population" for land use type "Grazing land" was added.
3.2: The option "semi-nomadism" of land use type "Grazing land" was renamed to "semi-nomadic pastoralism".
3.2: A new option "transhumant pastoralism" was added to land use type "Grazing land".
3.2: New questions about forest type and trees for land use type "Forest/ woodlands" were added.
3.2: The question "If land use has changed due to the implementation of the Technology, indicate land use before implementation of the Technology" was removed. This information can now be entered in 3.3.
3.3 (new): A new subcategory about initial land use was added.
3.4 (previously 3.3): The question "Number of growing seasons per year" was moved to 3.2 - land use type "Cropland". Data was migrated automatically only if land use type "Cropland" was selected.
3.4 (previously 3.3): The question "Livestock density (if relevant)" was removed. Use "Comments" of "3.2 Current land use type(s)".
3.5: The previous questions of "3.5 Spread of the Technology" were integrated into "2.5 Country/ region/ locations where the Technology has been applied and which are covered by this assessment".
3.5: The question "Comments" about "Spread of the Technology" (previously 3.5) was removed; its content needs to be merged with "Comments" of 2.5.
3.6: A new question "Differentiate tillage systems" was added when selecting agronomic measure "A3: Soil surface treatment".
3.6: A new option "A6: Residue Management" was added to "agronomic measures".
3.6 The option "A6: Others" of "agronomic measures" was renamed to "A7: Others".
3.6: A new question "Specify residue management" was added when selecting agronomic measure "A6: residue management".
3.6: A new question to specify was added when selecting "other measures".
3.7: A new question to specify was added when selecting other degradation type.
4: The numbering was updated (4.2 was removed).
4.1: The previous question "4.2 Technical specifications" was integrated into "4.1 Technical drawing".
4.3 (previously 4.4): The question "Type of measure" was removed from Establishment activities.
4.4 (previously 4.5): A new question "Total costs for establishment of the Technology in USD" (automatically calculated) was added.
4.5 (previously 4.6): The question "Type of measure" was removed from Maintenance activities.
4.6 (previously 4.7): A new question "Total costs for maintenance of the Technology in USD" (automatically calculated) was added.
5.4: A new question about water quality (referring to ground or surface water) was added.
5.6: More options for question "Age of land users" can be selected.
5.8: A new question about traditional land use rights was added.
5.9: A new question for comments regarding "Access to services and infrastructure" was added.
6.1: A new question for comments about on-site impacts was added.
7.4 (new): A new question for general remarks about the questionnaire and feedback was added.