Dear all,

A quick note at the start of January to thank you for your commitment and hard work and to wish you a productive 2016.

The Desert Restoration Hub

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Can Sustainable Land Management Mitigate Desertification In Drylands?

Announcement 10th November 2015:

You are kindly invited to submit contributions to a session on ‘Can Sustainable Land Management Mitigate Desertification In Drylands?’ at the EUROSOIL 2016 Congress (Istanbul, 17-22 July 2016). The session will be co-chaired by ICARDA (Claudio Zucca) and FAO (Dr. Feras Ziadat)

Abstracts must be submitted on-line by 15 November 2015.


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A Drylands and Desert Restoration Hub


There is great need to restore existing despoiled drylands and to combat increasing desertification. Restoring habitats improves biodiversity, increases carbon sequestration, enhancing the quality of life for people. An essential measure is the planting of and reestablishment of vegetation. The successful establishment of vegetation in arid areas is complex requiring the multi-disciplinary skills of arid land experts with various capabilities, in soils, hydrology, ecology, agronomy, land management etc. However, vegetation restoration techniques in arid areas require review and development. Information on restoration is highly dispersed and often difficult to obtain.

The creation of the ‘Drylands and Desert Restoration Hub’ is thus aimed to bring together the expertise, knowledge and information on vegetation establishment and management that exists in the EU and around the world.  The drylands and desert restoration hub provides a focus for information for all stakeholders.

The Action is devised to provide the science and practical guidance for dryland restoration and combat of desertification through coordinated data-collection with an integrated database within a harmonized information hub of current and new methods and techniques of restoration, trials and field studies, assessment indicators, academic and practical publications, and tools to identify and support practical restoration projects and decision makers in planning and restoring drylands and the combat of desertification. The Action promotes open knowledge, innovation in procedures and methods for improved restoration in dry lands.

The Action; Why and What?

The reasons for setting up a ‘Drylands and Desert Restoration Hub’ are to:

  • Collect
  • Store
  • Make available and disseminate data and methods
  • Instigate new research regarding the practical methods of revegetating and managing drylands

Information Exists BUT IT IS:

  • Isolated;
  • Hermetic;
  • Hard to come by;
  • Limited connections between fields;
  • Limited connections between researchers and practitioners;
  • Expertise in Europe with projects around the world but isolated;
  • Europe could lead the field

Desertification and the Combat of Desertification is an EU ISSUE; Mose EU countries have projects running in Africa; Denmark = Burkina Faso, Norway = Eritrea, Ethiopia = Germany = Namibia etc

The action is about practical solutions:

  • the successful establishment of planting;
  • the successful maintenance and management of planting for the long term to meet sustainable objectives for local people, the landscape, ecology and wildlife.
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