The arid lands and desert restoration hub focuses on knowledge and dissemination of dryland restoration techniques, methods, principles, key people and key organisations as well, successful projects and facilitating new projects.

The Reasons

There is great need to restore existing despoiled drylands and to combat increasing desertification. Restoring habitats improves biodiversity, increases carbon sequestration, enhancing the quality of life for people. An essential measure is the planting of and reestablishment of vegetation. The successful establishment of vegetation in arid areas is complex requiring the multi-disciplinary skills of arid land experts with various capabilities, in soils, hydrology, ecology, agronomy, land management etc. However, vegetation restoration techniques in arid areas require review and development. Information on restoration is highly dispersed and often difficult to obtain.

The creation of the ‘Drylands and Desert Restoration Hub’ is thus aimed to bring together the expertise, knowledge and information on vegetation establishment and management that exists in the EU and around the world.  The drylands and desert restoration hub provides a focus for information for all stakeholders.

Knowledge collection and dissemination is for stakeholders at all levels and is based on a ‘one stop shop’ where:

  1. Gathering traditional knowledge of existing and past land users;
  2. Gathering scientific information from publications;
  3. Bringing unpublished knowledge to light;
  4. Creating a discussion forum on new knowledge; and
  5. Presenting traditional, published new knowledge for easy access

This is the website for COST Action ES1104, which focuses on practical methods for revegetating and maintaining drylands and combatting desertification. ( http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/essem/Actions/ES1104 )

The website has three main functions:

  1. To provide information to the Action Management Committee (MC) and Working Group (WG) Members;
  2. Providing information to non MC and WG members, particularly Early Career Researchers  (ECRs) about the activities of the Action and how they can participate, particularly in Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) and Training Schools as well as how other non EU signatories to COST can participate in the Action – For more information on Management Committee meetings, WG meetings, STSM’s and Training Schools refer to the links below; and
  3. Providing  information to ‘stakeholders’, i.e. all those who have, at any level, (government, NGO, landowner, farmer, consultant, researcher …) about the Action and about restoration methods and activities through a database. For the database, access the database pages via the ‘Database’ tab, top menu.

The Action commenced with a Kick-Off Meeting on 3rd April 2012 and will continue for 4 years until the beginning of June 2016.


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