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:  

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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. Oyéoussi 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’ Summit on Climate, hosted by the United States, which will be highlighting the urgent need […]

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The United Nations world water development report 2021: valuing water

The theme of World Water Day 2021 (22/03/2021) is valuing water. The 2021 World Water Development Report on “Valuing Water” assesses the current status of and challenges to the valuation of water across differing sectors and perspectives and identifies ways in which valuation can be promoted as a tool help achieve sustainability. How do you […]

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CRIC 19 CSO final statement

The nineteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 19) to the UNCCD was held online from 15 to 19 March 2021. The CRIC 19 reviewed the effective implementation of the Convention at national, subregional and regional levels, including updates on the voluntary land degradation neutrality target setting […]

DNI General Assembly held its biannual session

On 22 February 2021 DNI General Assembly successfully held its biannual session online. The Agenda for the meeting was as follows: Session I: Welcoming remarks Opening of the Sixth General Assembly of DNI Welcome by DNI Chair Session II: Outcomes of the DNI elections DNI election process and its results Proclamation and inauguration of the […]

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2021 UN Global Climate Action Awards

The United Nations Climate Change Secretariat is now accepting applications for the 2021 Global Climate Action Awards , which recognises the world’s most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of action to tackle climate change.   Who can apply? Organisations, cities, businesses, schools, governments and other key players that are taking concrete action on climate change. […]

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The One Planet Summit for biodiversity was held on 11 January 2021 in Paris

France, together with the United Nations and the World Bank, has organised the “One Planet Summit” for biodiversity, which was on 11 January 2021 in Paris. The Summit  brought together heads of state and government, leaders of international organisations, financial institutions, companies and NGOs, all ready to demonstrate that their commitments are leading to concrete […]