[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 […]

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 “iIt’s time for wetland restoration,” 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 “Regional actions to counter land degradation, enhance climate change resilience and food security”. 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 “Desertificación en la Argentina: un problema ambiental sin resolver“. Source: https://www.conicet.gov.ar/investigadora-del-conicet-fue-nombrada-academica-correspondiente-de-la-academia-argentina-de-ciencias-del-ambiente/