Welcome to DesertLand conference

The first DESERTLAND conference was organized in 2013 in Ghent, Belgium. Due to its success and related impact we received a lot of requests to organize a second conference on Desertification and Land Degradation.
We listened and agreed. As of now we can confirm you that the symposium will indeed have a second edition! DESERTLAND II will take place on 16 & 17 June 2015 again at the NH Hotel Gent Belfort in Ghent, Belgium.
We proudly announce having received the cooperation of the following Belgian partners: UNESCO-Flanders, the UNESCO IHP-Belgian Committee, the UNESCO Chair on Eremology (Ghent University), the Department of Soil Management (Ghent University), Gent BC and Ganda Publi Productions. More international partnerships will follow and will be highly appreciated as well.

Some specifics of the DesertLand Conference

Desert Land logo 120px.jpgAs the DesertLand conference aims at attracting presentations of scientists, project leaders, NGO’s, communities, societies but also federal, local, governmental and private (profit or non-profit) organizations and sponsors. Everyone is encouraged to present their work, activities, projects and products either by means of a (2m x 2m) stand and/or an oral or poster presentation.

Considering the equal importance of ‘poster’ and ‘oral’ presentations, the DesertLand conference aims at attracting quite a number of poster presentations, giving the authors not only ample time for discussion during the poster session breaks, but also allow a 5 minutes short oral presentation of the poster in front of the audience.

Important Dates

  • October 2014 - Intentions to participate
  • 15 February 2015 - Deadline abstract submission for oral presentations
  • 15 March 2015 - Review process is finished
  • 31 March 2013 - Early Bird Deadline
  • 15 May 2015 - Deadline abstract submission for posters
  • 31 May 2015 - Registration Deadline



16 June 2015: Water security: Responses to local, regional and global challenges
Soil Hydrology and Processes & Control of Land Degradation (in cooperation with UNESCO IHP Belgian Committee)

17 June 2015: World Day on Combating Desertification
Preventing and Combating Land Degradation in Drylands


  • Unesco Chair on Eremology
  • Flemish Commission for Unesco
  • Unesco International Hydrological Programme


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