Nucleo Ricerca Desertificazione (Desertification Research Center, NRD)


Università degli Studi di Sassari


NRD is focused on developing and managing research and cooperation projects in different areas of research directly or indirectly related with desertification.

In particular, NRD researchers have been involved in the study of physical, biological and socio-economic aspects of desertification and land degradation in the Mediterranean, with particular reference to the impact of agricultural policies and agropastoral activities.

Networking and training initiatives are also an important part of NRD work. The NRD group has promoted several events and activities aiming at favouring the exchange of data and experiences at the international level and at promoting scientific training of young researchers from European and non-European Countries.



Nucleo Ricerca Desertificazione (Desertification Research Center, NRD) is a public, academic interdipartmental Center that contributes to the mission of the University of Sassari (UNISS) by promoting interdisciplinary research, networking, dissemination, awareness raising, stakeholder engagement, training and capacity building programs and development cooperation on desertification and sustainable land and water resources management.

NRD activities are inspired to the United Nation Conventions to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), for the Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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NRD aims to generate new learning spaces for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and development cooperation for researchers, engineers and administrative staff, acting as an academic scientific organization linked to international scientific networks and communities of practice targeted to sustainable land and water resources management.



Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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