Desertification & Drought Day 2022

Desertification & Drought Day 2022

  • Date & Time:
    • June 17, 2022
    • 9:15 am to 1:15 pm
  • Venue:

    Aula Barbieri, Dep. of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sassari, Viale Italia 39A, 07100 Sassari


The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (DD-day 2022), established by the United Nations in 1994, promotes public awareness of international efforts to fight desertification, which is the loss of soil fertility and the resulting degradation of natural resources caused by human activities.

This year’s theme is focused on drought: “Rising up from drought together”.

In Sassari, the Department of Agronomic Sciences and the Desertification Research Centre at the University (Viale Italia 39A) will celebrate DD-day 2022 with an international event which will involve Anna Luise, member of the Science Policy Interface of the UN Convention on Desertification and Drought (UNCCD); Marco Orlando, Programme Manager of the PRIMA Programme; the three coordinators of the Projects on Desertification in the Mediterranean recently financed by PRIMA Foundation (MARA-MEDITERRA, REACT4MED e SALAM-MED) and a young representation of the H2020 project EWA BELT and of the Italian PhD on Sustainable Development and Climate Change.

The event has been organized in the context of “Sanai sa Terra” (“Heal the Earth” in Sardinian language), a Summer School on the interactions between soil, plants and microorganisms in areas contaminated by potentially toxic elements. The first part of the event will be in Italian. It will be dedicated to students, PhD students, researchers, and agronomists, and it will cover topics related to the PRIN RIZOBIOREM National
Project on the recovery of degraded and polluted soils. RIZOBIOREM developed low-cost, nature-based soil reconditioning techniques and solutions (Sanai sa Terra) with the combined use of organic soil conditioners, plants and microorganisms.
It is possible to register for the event on the School website: The event will take place in a hybrid format with the possibility to take part remotely via Microsoft Teams at


For more information, click on this link: Giornata mondiale contro la desertificazione 2022 comunicato stampaFINALE_ENG