Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation (SENSE)

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Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment

Ghent, Belgium
June 17, 2013
All day

Drylands have been cradles to some of the world’s greatest civilisations and dryland ecosystems support a surprising amount of biodiversity. Desertification and Land Degradation has adversely affected 70% of the world’s drylands as a result of extended droughts as well as mismanagement of range and cultivated land.
The Desertland Conference brings together research institutions, NGO’s and corporations that help cope with the problems and find appropriate solutions. It is a unique opportunity to find out how projects of the past have made a difference and how the future problems should be tackled!

Important Dates

•  February 1st 2013 – Deadline abstract Submission.
•  March 14th 2013 – Poster and Oral presentation selection announced by Desertland organization.
•  March 31st 2013 – Early Bird Deadline.
•  May 31st 2013 – Registration Deadline.


17 June 2013: World Day on Combating Desertification
Water scarcity and Drought. Don’t let our future dry up.

18 June 2013: Day on Desertification and Land Degradation
Don’t waste and lose your and our land.

annelies_wauters_006AFood production in towers of buckets and bottles.  Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem with Annelies WAUTERS (Luminus). (Photo WVC 2011-12-09)


Main topics are:

•  Desertification
•  Water
•  Land degradation
•  Land Management


Desertland will act as a platform and a catwalk for showing actions that have been taken and projects undertaken since RIO 1992? (RIO+21)for combating desertification and land degradation!

Among the objectives of the conference is taking stock of not only the current scientific knowledge but also of the current strategies of management of drylands and of drought affected areas, and this at a national, regional and community level. Downscaling is the issue!


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