SUMMER SCHOOL – Integrated Land Use Systems

The University of Freiburg is offering a masters level course on integrated land use systems. The course will be in a hybrid format and will run from¬†June 26th to July 14th, with the in person portion of the course taking place in Freiburg from July 2nd to 11th. In this course, there will be a […]

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UPEACE and UNISS sign MoU to collaborate on research and academic programs

A high-level delegation from the University for Peace (UPEACE), led by Rector Prof. Francisco Rojas Aravena, has arrived in Italy ūüáģūüáĻ and signed an MoU with the University of Sassari, represented by Vice Rector Prof. Andrea Fausto Piana. The two universities will collaborate on research and academic programs, starting with a PhD in Land Degradation […]

2023 FLARE Annual Meeting

The 2023 FLARE Annual Meeting will be held October 12-16 in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme is: Linking Research and Action for Thriving Forests, Trees, and People. Submit your abstracts by May 15th for full consideration! Abstract guidelines, as well as more information on the main theme and sub-themes, can be found here. Abstracts are due May 15th, 2023 for full consideration.


FAO and UNCCD are organising a series of virtual regional webinars on integrating tenure into land restoration initiatives, which will take place from¬†15-17 May 2023. The aim is to raise awareness of the value of tenure security and its contribution to biodiversity conservation, sustainable land management, ecosystem restoration, and climate change mitigation and adaptation while […]

FAO Drought Portal NOW ONLINE

FAO, as part of the global drought community, contributes to strengthening existing knowledge on Integrated Drought Management through the development of approaches and tools addressing drought in the agricultural sector. The FAO Drought Portal is a global knowledge-sharing platform for one-stop access to multiple resources to enhance the resilience of agriculture and improve food security. […]

ICPF 2023 ‚Äď Call for Abstract

Deadline for Abstract submission : April 30, 2023 Results for the Abstract selection: June 20, 2023 Participants interested in presenting oral or poster presentations are invited to submit an abstract (in english) for ICPF 2023 which will take place from 7-10 November in Nairobi, Kenya. The list and descriptions of topics is available here If […]

World Wetlands Day 2023: Statement by Ibrahim Thiaw

In the context of World Wetlands Day, a statement was published. You can read an excerpt here: “Celebrated this year under the theme ‚ÄúiIt’s time for wetland restoration,‚ÄĚ World Wetlands Day is particularly appealing to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. We must invest in wetland restoration and regeneration. This requires a concerted effort from […]

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Global Network of Dryland Research Institutes Declaration

28 November, 2022, Sede Boqer campus, lsrael The 8th International Conference of Drylands, Deserts and Desertification,¬†DDD¬†was held in the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in lsrael from November 27¬†to December 1, 2022. The conference aimed to be a global effort towards ecosystem restoration. Currently drylands cover over 47% […]

DNI at COP27

In the context of COP 27, PRIMA, UfM, FAO, and CIHEAM have jointly organised a side event entitled ‚ÄúRegional actions to counter land degradation, enhance climate change resilience and food security‚ÄĚ. The event aimed to raise awareness of solutions and funding opportunities for sustainable land management (SLM) and map out regional actions to counter land […]

World Leaders Launching International Drought Resilience Alliance at COP 27

World leaders will launch a new alliance to boost drought resilience on Monday, 7 November 2022, at the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Change Conference in Egypt. The Alliance is envisioned as a collaborative platform to¬†shift drought management approaches from the current emergency response to resilience and significantly reduce communities’ vulnerability, impact and exposure to extreme drought. […]

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DNI co-chair Elena Abraham appointed as Corresponding Member of the Academia Argentina de Ciencias del Ambiente

On the 27th of October 2022, Elena Abraham, the co-chair of DesertNet International, will be appointed as a Corresponding Member of the “Academia Argentina de Ciencias del Ambiente“. On this occasion, she will deliver a presentation about desertification in Argentina, titled “Desertificaci√≥n en la Argentina: un problema ambiental sin resolver“. Source:  

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UNCCD CSO panel election

Mauro Centritto, a member of DesertNet International, will be representing Western Europe in the newly elected UNCCD CSO panel. The new members of the CSO panel that will serve until COP16 are the following: Mr. Oy√©oussi Charles Balogoun from Afrique Esperance (Benin) representing Africa Mr. Surya Narayana Reddy from GVS (India) representing Asia Ms. Ana […]


The Organizing Committee of the Global Symposium on Soils for Nutrition (GSOIL4N), which will be held on¬†26-29 July 2022,¬†is currently accepting abstracts that will compete for oral and poster presentations during this symposium.¬†The abstracts should be submitted in English, maximum 3.000 characters (without spaces).¬†The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 April 2022. Abstracts should […]

World Water Day 2022

Happy World Water Day! This year’s topic is¬†“Groundwater – Making the Invisible Visible”. In conjunction with World Water Day, the¬†United Nations World Water Development Report¬†has been launched (available¬†here). The report provides decision-makers with knowledge and tools to formulate and implement sustainable water policies. It also offers best practices and in-depth analyses to stimulate ideas and […]

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CALL FOR PAPERS – Special Issue on “Land Degradation and Desertification mapping and Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) targets”

The Land Degradation and Development Journal accepted and advertised a proposal formulated by Claudio Zucca (member of DNI Advisory Board), ¬†Michael¬†Cherlet (member of DNI Steering Committee), and other colleagues,¬†for a special issue on “Land Degradation and Desertification mapping and Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) targets“. ¬† A call for papers is now open! Authors wishing to […]

UNCCD CSO Newsletter N. 7

The new issue of UNCCD CSO Newsletter is now available. This seventh issue contains information on the upcoming events, including the online event between the CSOs and Land Degradation Neutrality Fund and the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. It also contains news from CSOs accredited to the UNCCD, explores latest reports and publications […]

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Earth day 2021

Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April. The second Earth Day Live digital event¬†will take place today, and the¬†theme for this year¬†is: Restore our Earth. Several major climate-related events will take place in parallel on 22 April, ¬†including: the¬†Leaders‚Äô Summit on Climate, hosted by the United States, which will be highlighting the urgent need […]