Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation (Ghent, Belgium)

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Welcome to Desertland conference

Climate change at a global, regional or local (micro) scale, with its unstable and varying weather conditions, is reflected in the occurrence of extreme events with either excess or with scarcity (deficit) of water. Human impacts additionally bring about the land and its habitants to face and suffer from this environmental instability.

Drylands have been cradles to some of the world’s greatest civilisations and dryland ecosystems support a surprising amount of biodiversity, subject to degradation and destruction. Desertification and Land Degradation have adversely affected 70% of the world’s drylands as a result of extended droughts as well as mismanagement of range and cultivated land. Land degradation is a phenomenon occurring under all climate conditions, at different levels and at all scales.

The DesertLand Conference brings together scientists, volunteers, research and service 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 (since RIO 1992 conventions!) have made a difference and how the future problems should be tackled!

Due to popular demand we have decided to postpone the deadline for abstract submissions. The new deadline is February 15th. Please note that this deadline is final. Abstracts received after this date will not be reviewed.

We are also proud to announce that a selection of abstracts will be published in a special issue of the journal ‘Land Degradation & Development!

Important Dates

  • February 15th 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.


Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.