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Desertification Convention: Data and information requirements for interdisciplinary research

Funded under: FP5-EESD


The entry into force of the Convention to Combat Desertification, and in particular of its Committee for Science and Technology, has highlighted the need for reliable data and information sources, to underscore our understanding of the causes of man-made desertification. This is an essential precondition to forecast and combat future desertification and to mitigate the effects of on-going processes. The workshop targeted the production and organization of existing data and information sources as well as the means to ensure its medium-and long-term compatibility and integrity.

The main objectives were: to preliminarily assess the existing data sources and information systems with relevance to combating desertification; and to agree on the core data and information requirements needed to monitor, in a suitable way, the causes of man-induced desertification, through the development and maintenance of a meta-info system based on at least partially compatible datasets and comparable information outcomes. Experiences were taken from different areas in the Mediterranean, Sahelian and African areas. .

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Authors: ENNE G, DG. Research;PETER D, DG. Research;POTTIER D (EDITORS), DG. Research
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19496 EN (2001), pp. 374. Euro: 52.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-894-1293-3
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