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Desertification mitigation and remediation of land - a global approach for local solutions

Desertification mitigation and remediation of land - a global approach for local solutions

Objective

Fragile arid and semi-arid ecosystems are in urgent need of integrated conservation approaches that can contribute significantly to prevent and reduce the widespread on-going land degradation and desertification processes, such as erosion, flooding, over grazing, drought, and salinization.

The DESIRE project will establish promising alternative land use and management conservation strategies based on a close participation of scientists with stakeholder groups in the degradation and desertification hotspots around the world. This integrative participatory approach ensures both the acceptability and feasibility of conservation techniques, and a sound scientific basis for the effectiveness at various scales.

DESIRE employs a bottom up approach such as is favoured by the UNCCD:
- degradation and desertification hotspots and stakeholder groups will be identified in all countries surrounding the Mediterranean, and in 6 external nations facing similar environmental problems,
- desertification indicator set s will be defined in a participatory approach and a harmonized information system will be constructed to organize socio-economic and geo-information data and tools for active dissemination;
- new and existing conservation strategies will be defined wit h the stakeholder communities;
- these strategies will be implemented in the field, and monitored and modelled to quantify their effectiveness at various scales;
- the results will be extrapolated using both the indicator sets, geo-information data, and integrated modeling systems combining socio-economic and environmental aspects;
- finally the results will be translated to a series of practical guidelines for good agricultural practices and environmental management, which will be disseminated to practitioners, agricultural extensionists, governmental authorities, policy makers, NGOs, land users, land owners, and local communities.

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Coordinator

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Address

Costerweg 50
9101 Wageningen

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Coen RITSEMA (Professor)

Participants (27)

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KATHOLIEK UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF WALES SWANSEA

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

Portugal

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

ESKISEHIR OSMANGAZI UNIVERSITY

Turkey

UNIVERSITE MOHAMMED V

Morocco

INSTITUT DES REGIONS ARIDES

Tunisia

INSTITUTE OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES

China

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

DEMOCRITUS UNIVERSITY OF THRACE - RESEARCH COMMITTEE

Greece

STICHTING BOTH ENDS

Netherlands

STICHTING INTERNATIONAL SOIL REFERENCE AND INFORMATION CENTRE

Netherlands

CENTRE D'ACTIONS ET DE REALISATIONS INTERNATIONALES - CARI

France

UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA

Botswana

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

United States

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY

Australia

OSSERVATORIO MEDITERRANEO PER LO STUDIO DELLE SOLUZIONI DEI PROBLEMI ECONOMICI DELLA AREE A RISCHIO DESERTIFICAZIONE

Italy

MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Russia

INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGROPECUARIAS

Chile

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO AGRARIO

Cape Verde

ESCOLA SUPERIOR AGRÁRIA DE COIMBRA

Portugal

STICHTING INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GEO-INFORMATION SCIENCE AND EARTH OBSERVATION

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 37046

  • Start date

    1 February 2007

  • End date

    31 January 2012

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 708 068

  • EU contribution

    € 6 912 000

Coordinated by:

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands