Join us at the Climate Classroom @ COP28! COP28 is now just two weeks away and we’re very pleased to announce that our flagship initiative “The Climate Classroom” will be returning for an 11th time, complete with a brand-new look! The Climate Classroom offers a free and short interactive learning experience that is designed to […]

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The twenty-first session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 21) to the UNCCD will take place at the Silk Road Samarkand Congress Center, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan from 13 to 17 November 2023. DNI will be represented at CRIC31 by Co-Chair Fei Wang, Mauro Centritto, member of DNI Steering […]

UNCCD data dashboard

 Global funding to combat desertification, land degradation and drought reached $5 billion in 2016-2019.  Ahead of UNCCD CRIC21 in Samarkand, explore more findings from the new UNCCD Data Dashboard!

International Day for Rural Women 2023

Lentil Commercialization in Ethiopia through the Lens of Gender Equity The commercialization of cash crops has long been hailed as a pathway to economic development and improved livelihoods in low- and middle-income countries but is known not to benefit women and men equally. A new study funded by CGIAR’s Sustainable Intensification of Mixed Farming Initiative […]

Global Symposium on Soils and Water (GSOWA23)

 Exciting news! The Global Symposium on Soils and Water (GSOWA23) is taking place in a hybrid format from October 2nd to 5th, 2023. GSOWA23 is a science-policy symposium dedicated to examining the relationship between soil and water for resilient agrifood systems. Key objectives include: Identifying knowledge gaps and management challenges in changing environments. Sharing sustainable […]

Kick-off meeting del progetto SOILS4MED (“SOIL health monitoring and information systems FOR sustainable soil management in the MEDiterranean region”)

Nei giorni 26-28 settembre 2023 nell’incantevole cornice di Porto Conte si è svolto il Kick-off meeting del progetto SOILS4MED (“SOIL health monitoring and information systems FOR sustainable soil management in the MEDiterranean region”). SOILS4MED, un progetto da 4.1 milioni di EURO coordinato da UNISS (Centro NRD) e finanziato dal programma PRIMA, è attualmente il maggiore […]

[call] Open PhD position: Global assessment of non-rainfall water inputs in the world’s desert soils

Field campaigns will be conducted at: The Negev Desert, Israel (main site) / The Atacama Desert, Chile / The Gobi Desert, China / The Sonora Desert, Mexico/USA  / The Western Desert, Australia Required background: We seek candidates with a background in micrometeorology, soil science, environmental science, hydrology, or physical geography, and an excellent command of […]

Prof. Wang Fei at INSAS

Professor Wang Fei gave a Keynote Presentation at the second plenary meeting of the International Network of Salt Affected Soils (INSAS) of FAO in Uzbekistan   The second plenary meeting of the International Network of Salt Affected Soils (INSAS) and the training of the Global Soil Laboratory Network on salt-affected soil analysis was organized by […]


The second DNI webinar “OPPORTUNITIES FOR CLIMATE- RESILIENT DEVELOPMENT ACROSS HIGHLANDS, DRYLANDS AND ISLANDS” was successfully held on the 24th of July 2023. Dr. Nicola Favretto (University of York, School of Environment and Geography) presented a framework to identify enabling factors towards climate-resilient development pathways across highlands, drylands and islands. Watch the webinar’s recording Download […]

DNI Steering Committee member Prof. Quirico Migheli at the CSFD

DNI Steering Committee member Prof. Quirico Migheli participated as the DNI representative in the plenary meeting of the French Scientific Committee on Desertification (CSFD). The meeting took place on 5-6 July 2023 in Montpellier (France), hosted by Agropolis International. The agenda included several initiatives launched by CSFD, such as the active participation in the Great […]

DNI Secretary General prof. Giovanna Seddaiu at the MENAWARA International Conference

DNI Secretary General Prof. Giovanna Seddaiu participated as a panellist at the MENAWARA “International Conference on sustainable water management: the use of non-conventional water in Mediterranean countries” (agenda available here). The conference, which was held in Sassari on July 4th 2023, aimed to gather national and international relevant stakeholders, including public and private authorities to […]

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 🇮🇹 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 – 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 […]