The 2021 Desertification and Drought Day is coming up on 17 June, and its theme is “Restoration.Land.Recovery: We build back better with healthy land.”
On this occasion, the Desertification Research Centre of the University of Sassari (Operational Secretariat of DesertNet International) organizes two online webinar sessions on 𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝟕 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞.
𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐝𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐨𝐢𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 (10:00 CEST, Italian) – Various representatives of institutions and experts will take stock of the reclamation of Italian industrial and mining areas, in light of the results of research works that demonstrate the feasibility of targeted, widespread and low-cost interventions. Among these, the Rizobiorem project will be illustrated: through a transdisciplinary approach, Rizobiorem aims to develop new protocols for the sustainable management of contaminated soils that are environmentally friendly, socially acceptable and economically feasible, thus restoring the ecosystem services of areas that are now completely degraded. To participate in the morning session, follow this Zoom link.
𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐈𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞” (14:00 CEST, in English) – This session will bring together a panel of international experts to discuss the potential contribution of scientific communities to land restoration and “green recovery”. Experts will illustrate examples of interdisciplinary and international scientific cooperation and research actions aimed at responding to global challenges: climate change, water and food insecurity, poverty, conflicts, forced migration. Among these, panellists will illustrate the Great Green Wall Initiative, the 8000-km-long green wall that crosses Africa’s Sahel region, representing a symbol of the global fight against environmental degradation; the EWA-BELT project, linking East and West African farming systems into a belt of sustainable intensification ; the International PhD on Desertification and Land Degradation, which promotes the exchange of experiences among young researchers from the University of Sassari (Italy), two Universities in Burkina Faso and a University in Ethiopia. To participate in the afternoon session, follow this Zoom link.