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

  • March 31st 2013 - Early Bird Deadline.
  • May 31st 2013 - Deadline abstract submission for posters.
  • 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.



- Climate and desertification

- Desertification and reduction of biodiversity

- Desertification and Land degradation: a negative socio-economic balance?

- Facts and realities on combating desertification: examples



- Soil water scarcity: assessment and remediation

- Soil water retention: assessment and amelioration

- Water for Bio-energy in drylands

- Actions on: 'Water' for combating desertification

- Where and what are countries and communities of Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America and Australia doing? Success and failure; ‘Stories from the continents’!

- Drought prediction for users! Applications!

- Water use efficiency

- Desalinization

- Water excess: ponding, floods, infiltration and runoff

- Extreme events: precipitation, temperature, drought


Land Degradation

- Water and wind erosion: assessment and identification at different scales

- Soil structure detoriation:compaction, soil sealing and crusting

- Dust fall out: assessment methodologies

- Chemical contamination: salinity, excess use of fertilizers and pesticides, heavy metals

- Combating land degradation under different climatic conditions

Land Management

- Sustainable management of drylands and drought affected areas

- Land management for controlling wind and water erosion

- Land management for combating desertification and land degradation under different climatic conditions

- Agro forestry: a solution to combating desertification?

- Reclaiming degraded land: examples

- Bio-energy for mitigating desertification and land degradation



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 as well as in combating land degradation under different climatic conditions were water is the key issue.  The strategies can be for national, regional and community levels. Downscaling is the issue!


  • Tokyo Metropolitan University
  • Land Degradation & Development
  • UNESCO Brussels Liaison Office
  • United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation


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