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Conditions for Restoration and Mitigation of Desertified Areas Using Vegetation

Objective

The focus of RECONDES is to address the mitigation of desertification processes by the means of innovative techniques using vegetation in specific landscape configurations prone to severe degradation processes. Its major objective is to produce practical guidelines on the conditions for use of vegetation in areas vulnerable to desertification, taking into account spatial variability ingeomorphological and human-driven processes related to degradation and desertification. RECONDES will combine the understanding of the mechanisms of land degradation and of the critical soil conditions necessary for maintaining and restoring soil and land quality and ecosystem health to identify how and where vegetation could be used to mitigate desertification. It will identify the conditions or thresholds, which have to be attained or retained for vegetation growth and survival andexamine where those conditions are found. It will match those conditions against the processes of degradation to identify where treatments or restoration will be most effective. It will identify innovative measures, which might be taken to create or maintain conditions. Crucially, it will examine linkages within the landscape at different scales to determine the key points for intervention. The effects of vegetation treatments will be modelled and optimal strategies produced at scales from plot tocatchment. The practical guidelines produced will be disseminated to end-users. RECONDES is being applied in relation to the marginal lands of the north Mediterranean, the areas of southern Europe which are vulnerable to or have suffered desertification. The research is divided into six major work packages based on a hierarchy of land /use units found in these areas: Reforested land, Rainfedcropland, Semi-natural and abandoned land, Hill slopes, River valleys, Catchments.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-GLOBAL-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
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University House, Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth
United Kingdom

Participants (5)

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
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Serrano, 117
Madrid
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Oude Markt 13
Leuven
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
Spui 21
Amsterdam
UNIVERSITÉ CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Place De L'université 1
Louvain-la-neuve