SOAS Camel Conference [School of Oriental and African Studies, London] – (DNI)

A message from DNI (DesertNet International)

We are happy to announce that the next SOAS Camel Conference [School of

Oriental and African Studies, London] will be held on the weekend of

Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 May 2015.

This e-mail is a first Call for Papers.

Persons wishing to present a paper at this conference are invited to send

proposals to the organiser at the following address

Please submit a title, plus an Abstract (max. 200 words) and a CV (max 100


The deadline for submissions is 15 January 2015, but early expressions of

interest are welcomed.

For our previous conferences, see:

We look forward to hearing from you.

    William Gervase Clarence-Smith [Conference chair]

    Ed Emery [Conference organiser]

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Land and Water Resources Management (DNI)

A message from DNI (DesertNet International)

In memory to Dr Houcine TAAMALLAH

The Arid Regions Institute (IRA) and its partners organize

The International conference on ‘Integrated Land and Water Resources Management in the Dry Areas under Climate Change’

 Djerba Island, Tunisia, May 11-14th, 2015


Deadline for receiving abstracts has been extended to December 31st, 2014

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Pakistan : Thar faces severe droughts (Google /

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Thar: Drought or disaster ?

By Shaukat Ali Rahamoo

A realistic approach is needed to make Thar less prone to disaster.

Arid areas of the world are always prone to famines whenever the average annual rainfall is less than 250 mm. The Thar region of Sindh, which has climatic and ecological conditions similar to the Indian state of Rajast­han’s portion of Thar, faces severe droughts for two to three years in every 10-year cycle.

These areas have been witnessing famine-like conditions for ages. The average annual rainfall is less than 250 mm, which is usually uneven and erratic.

The northern sandy area, known as Achro Thar in districts Sanghar, Khairpur, Sukkur and Ghotki, receives average annual precipitation of less than seven inches and therefore is termed ‘hyper-arid’. But even then it is not a desert like the Sahara, as it has reasonable vegetative cover.

Some patches of sand in Sanghar district are barren and are termed dhain. The total geographical area of Thar in Sindh is 48,000 square kilometres, out of which 25,000 sq km is in Tharparkar and Umerkot districts.

It is a potentially productive and vegetative sandy area which is turning into desert due to over-exploitation, although it still has sufficient tree cover and shrubs, and if properly protected and managed will remain productive.


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A survey by the Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) – (DNI)

A message from DNI (DesertNet International)

To provide the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference with a view from West African Countries, the Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) launches a survey.


Collected information will be discussed during the regional conference that will be held in Tunis in December 2014; the outputs will be synthesized and edited in a document which will be disseminated during the UNCCD 3rd Conference.


To answer the questionnaire, please use the following link . The deadline is 10 December 2014.

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Global Landscapes Forum in Peru (CIFOR / LAND-L)

A message from “Kovacevic, Michelle (CIFOR)” <>

In preparation for next month’s Global Landscapes Forum in Peru, young professionals have just launched a series of virtual discussions about issues of key importance to them – fracking, food supply chains, rural-urban migrations, REDD+ and oil palm.

Join the discussion by clicking on the links below and posting a comment or video at the end of the articles. Links to all the discussions can be found on



Fracking: Can communities, governments and businesses agree on an integrated approach?

“Fracking”: ¿Pueden las comunidades, los gobiernos y las empresas coincidir en un enfoque integrado?

How sustainable is your food supply chain?

¿Es sostenible la cadena de suministro de alimentos?

How can we address rural-urban migration of youth in the post-2015 development agenda?

¿Cómo podemos hacer frente a la migración rural-urbana de los jóvenes en la agenda de desarrollo post-2015?

How can youth ensure REDD+ initiatives address oil palm expansion?

¿Cómo puede la juventud garantizar que las iniciativas REDD + aborden la expansión del aceite de palma?

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Combating Desertification Together (Google / Jeruzalem Post)

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International Conference in Sde Boker: Combating Desertification Together

The theme of this year’s conference is Healthy Lands, Healthy People.

Desertification is a phenomenon in which arid regions become unproductive and useless for humankind. Scientists agree that the reduction in the fertility of the soil is influenced by a combination of soil preservation policies, management of water and energy systems, agricultural practices, global warming and climate change.

Over 500 people from 60 countries are attending the conference this year, including research scientists, representatives of government ministries, industrialists, NGO executives, diplomats and students. Among the main topics being addressed at the conference are: desert afforestation, sustainable agriculture, economic development for rehabilitating arid regions, forestry and grazing in arid areas, public health in deserts, rehabilitating ecosystems, rehabilitating water systems, soil rehabilitation and environmental education. In addition to presentations, workshops and discussion forums, field excursions have also been scheduled.



See also :

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Desertification is currently one of the most serious threats facing humanity (Google / Reset)

Read at : Google Alerts – desertification


Considering that during the past 25 years, over a quarter of the earth’s land has been
degraded due to drought, there is no doubt that desertification is currently one of the most
serious threats facing humanity.

It has been estimated that each year over 24 billion tonnes of soil is lost through erosion. According to the UNDP, at the moment over 1.2 billion people are living in extreme poverty of which 900 million are currently living in rural and under-developed areas where their livelihoods greatly rely on the sale and the consumption of agricultural products. In many such developing regions, dry lands account for more than two thirds of total land making the population of these regions especially susceptible to drought and desertification.

In the international community, the issue of desertification was first taken seriously when
the Sahel region (the biogeographical zone between the Sahara desert and the Sudanian Savanna) experienced extreme drought during the period of 1968-1973. As a result, the United Nations created a new special office known as the United Nations Sudano-Sahelian Office (UNSO) to better deal with the issues facing the Sahel region. However, with an increase in degradation of land and drought in various African countries (specially the southern African drought of 1992), the need for unified international action became apparent.

Based on the latest data from UNESCO, currently 73 percent of dry lands in Africa (1.4 billion hectares) and 74 percent of dry lands in North America along with 1.4 billion hectares of land in Asia, are affected by desertification.


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