NRD - Desertification Research Centre

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NRD, founded in 2000 by prof Giuseppe Enne, 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.

MENAWARA project at the 5th Arab Water Forum

Menawara at 5th Arab Water Forum
The fifth edition of the Arab Water Forum began in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) under the slogan "Arab Water Security for Peace and Sustainable Development". The Forum - the most important meeting for the Arab community to discuss and update water management - addresses issues such as water security in Arab countries, cross-border cooperation and water for sustainable development.
The partners of the Menawara project, funded by the European program ENI-CBC Med, organized the panel "Water Security in Mediterranean Region: Sustainable water reuse Strategies in Agriculture": strengthening water governance through innovative actions and technological solutions for the sustainable use of non conventional waters in agriculture.
Abdelmajid Bettaieb (ONAS, Tunisie), Nizar Haddad (NARC, Jordan), Roula Khadra (CIHEAM-Bari, Italy), Naem Mazahrih (NARC), Adel Yasin (PWA), Amgad ElMahdi and Nisreen Lahham (IWMI), Giovanni Pedron (WW-GVC), Ahmed Ali (CIHEAM Bari), Isabel Martin (CENTA), Thameur Jaouadi (ONAS), Hammou Laamrani (LAS), Quirico Migheli, Alberto Carletti and Alessandra Paulotto (University of Sassari – NRD, Italy) participated in the panel, carried out in collaboration with the International Water Management Institute, who shared the important experiences of cooperation between the partners of Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, Spain and Italy. As an introduction to the discussion topics, a video of the project - with the testimonies of farmers, researchers and policy makers from the partner countries - was shown.

MENAWARA project will participate in the 5th Arab Water Forum

5th Arab Forum preparatory meeting
The 5th edition of Arab Water Forum will be convened by the Arab Water Council during the period 21 - 23 September 2021 in Grand Hyatt, Dubai under the patronage of the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure and supported by the League of Arab States (LAS) and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt (MWRI), in collaboration with national, regional and international partners. 
Under the overarching Slogan “Arab Water Security for Peace and Sustainable Development”, the AWF will address three main priorities: Arab Water Security; Cooperation across Borders and Water for Sustainable Development including more than 14 different topics as well as cross cutting Means and Tools.
By connecting over 800+ relevant stakeholders, the Forum provides a unique platform for communication, and it is considered the stage where Arab water community leaders and key decision-makers thoroughly discuss water challenges that the Arab region is facing.
MENAWARA, in collaboration with IWMI, will actively contribute to responding to the real-time challenges of water resources management by organizing a panel session on Water Security in Mediterranean Region: Sustainable water reuse Strategies in Agriculture - Case studies & Regional Perspectives, in line with the aim of the project to strengthen the non-conventional water governance by disseminating and capitalizing innovative and technological solutions and the B4.1 objectives of the ENI action to implement water sustainable initiatives to encourage use on NCW supply.
On 29th July, 2021, Quirico Migheli, Alberto Carletti and Alessandra Paulotto from Desertification Research Centre - University of Sassari), Italian lead beneficiary of the MENAWARA project, participated in the preparatory meeting where the agenda and logistics arrangements where shared. The meeting was also the occasion to deepen the topics to be discussed during the Forum.

Dipartimento di Agraria dell'Università di Sassari ed NRD sul Tg2 e TgrSardegna

"La scienza contro i cambiamenti climatici", servizio di Stefano Fumagalli, Tg2 25/07/2021, TgRSardegna 03/08/2021

"La scienza contro i cambiamenti climatici", servizio di Stefano Fumagalli, Tg2 25/07/2021, TgRSardegna 03/08/2021


Il borsista dovrà svolgere le seguenti attività:

• Supporto alla progettazione delle attività di stakeholder engagement e mapping e alla definizione di linee guida per i partner;

• Raccolta dati anche tramite i partner di progetto Sustain Coast relativi alle azioni di stakeholder engagement e mapping nei casi di studio (Sardegna, Turchia, Tunisia e Creta) con particolare approfondimento nell’area di studio in Sardegna (zona vulnerabile da nitrati di Arborea) e sulle problematiche agroambientali associate alla gestione sostenibile delle risorse idriche in agricoltura;

• Supporto alla elaborazione preliminare dei dati; • Supporto all'attività di analisi bibliografica e alla redazione di report tecnici di progetto;

Scadenza 29 luglio 2021 ore 12:00



Nell’ambito del progetto Ager-iGRAL Innovative beef cattle Grazing systems for the Restoration of Abandoned Lands in the Alpine and Mediterranean mountain è indetta una selezione pubblica, per soli titoli, per l’attribuzione di n.1 borsa di studio post lauream dal titolo: “Effetti di diversi sistemi di gestione del Pascolo sulla biodiversità vegetale nei siti di studio del progetto IGRAL” da svolgersi presso il centro Nucleo Ricerca e Desertificazione, Via De Nicola 9 – 3° piano, 07100 Sassari.

Scadenza 29 luglio 2021 ore 12


Desertification and Drought Day 2021

DDay2021 playbill

On the occasion of the 2021 Desertification and Drought Day (June 17th) the Desertification Research Centre of the University of Sassari organized two webinar sessions.

During the first session – From degradation to soil recovery (in Italian) - various representatives of Italian institutions and experts taked stock of the reclamation of Italian industrial and mining areas, in light of the results of research works that demonstrate the feasibility of targeted, widespread and low-cost interventions. Among these, the Rizobiorem project has been illustrated: through a transdisciplinary approach, Rizobiorem aims to develop new protocols for the sustainable management of contaminated soils that are environmentally friendly, socially acceptable and economically feasible, thus restoring the ecosystem services of areas that are now completely degraded.

The second session (in English) – Science meets the Great Green Wall Initiative - bringed together a panel of international experts to discuss the potential contribution of scientific communities to land restoration and “green recovery”. Experts illustrated examples of interdisciplinary and international scientific cooperation and research actions aimed at responding to global challenges: climate change, water and food insecurity, poverty, conflicts, forced migration. Among these, panellists illustrated the Great Green Wall Initiative, the 8000-km-long green wall that crosses Africa’s Sahel region, representing a symbol of the global fight against environmental degradation; the EWA-BELT project, linking East and West African farming systems into a belt of sustainable intensification ; the International PhD on Desertification and Land Degradation, which promotes the exchange of experiences among young researchers from the University of Sassari (Italy), two Universities in Burkina Faso and a University in Ethiopia.

video recording of the first session

video recording of the second session


Bando per l’affidamento di un incarico di lavoro autonomo per la posizione di supporto alle attività progettuali del centro NRD.


È indetta una procedura comparativa pubblica, per titoli e colloquio per l’affidamento di un incarico di lavoro autonomo per la posizione di supporto alle attività progettuali del centro NRD. Il Collaboratore dovrà svolgere le seguenti attività:

• Gestione delle email e della posta cartacea in entrata e in uscita;

• Supporto all’organizzazione di riunioni, appuntamenti, eventi ed eventuali trasferte del personale di progetto (pratiche relative ai viaggi e missioni);

• Supporto all’espletamento delle partiche di acquisto di beni e servizi del progetto;

• Catalogazione e archivio di documenti dei progetti. 

Scadenza 2 luglio 2021


Prof. Quirico Migheli is the new Director of NRD

Quirico Migheli

Elected by the General Assembly, Prof. Quirico Migheli is the new Director of NRD. "Thanks for the trust you have placed in me - he said -. I am confident that all together, we will be able to proceed along the right track, which has allowed us to achieve the important research and international cooperation objectives that characterize the mission of NRD".

Menawara project: in Tunisia call for tenders for the recruitment of the design office

Menawara Tunisian Call

The Tunisian National Sanitation Office "ONAS" launches a consultation for "An execution study of works to improve the quality of treated wastewater and irrigation systems at the level of purification stations: CHOUTRANA II , GOA SIDI AMOR, KORDA AND KELIBIA ".

NRD-UNISS is hiring!

Bando Moodle

Desertification Research Centre - University of Sassari, Italian lead beneficiary of the MENAWARA project, is looking for an expert on the design, installation and maintenance of the Moodle platform of the project.
The deadline for sending applications is → 9th February 2020.
For more information, please see the vacancy announcement(in Italian):

EWA-BELT project on "La Nuova Sardegna" newspaper (in italian)

EWA-BELT project began!

EWA-BELT kickoff
A good project starts with a good kick-off meeting! The journey of the EWA-BELT project officially started with the first day of virtual kick-off meetings between the twenty partners, coordinated by Giovanna Seddaiu for NRD-UNISS. Partners got the chance to know each other better and to briefly present themselves, after a comprehensive overview of the project’s framework, contents and financial aspects. A special thanks goes to our European Commission spokespersons, Alina Kozacenko from the Research Executive Agency and Marta Iglesias from DG AGRI, who presented respectively on the project management and monitoring aspects from REA’s perspective and on the role of EWA-BELT within the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). Last but definitely not least, a big thank you goes to our guest speaker, Fabrizio Lobasso, Deputy Director at the Sub-Saharan Office at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, who offered an interesting point of view, arguing that food insecurity has serious political consequences and, in general, is a very transversal issue. Food security and food sustainability projects, such as EWA-BELT, are of great help in the area also in terms of gender equality and inclusion, and are perfectly coherent with the Food Coalition, an initiative recently launched by FAO. The kick-off meeting will go on for two more days in the coming week, with the grand finale at the 20th Infopoverty World Conference, live on the UN WebTV on December 4.

NRD-UNISS is hiring!

Bando 2 Tecnologi

Desertification Research Centre - University of Sassari, Italian lead beneficiary of the EWA-BELT and MENAWARA projects, is looking for a Project Manager/Technologist.

The deadline for sending applications is → 25th December 2020.

For more information, please see the vacancy announcement(in Italian):

تحقق من أحدث الوظائف #job الشواغر في إطار مشروع


Bando per PROJECT ASSISTANT del progetto EWA-BELT

Project assistant EWA-BELT
Bando per PROJECT ASSISTANT del progetto EWA-BELT

[MENAWARA] Ziad Abdul Jalil, Palestinian farmer, needs high quality treated water

Ziad Abdul Jalil, Palestinian farmer
Ziad Abdul Jalil is 35 years old farmer, father of six children. He lives in the West Bank village of Beit Dajan located East of Nablus, Palestine: “Water is really important for agriculture in our area - he says -. We do lack to drinkable water generally, we were forced to purchase high priced tankered water for agriculture”. See more:
MENAWARA project supports Palestinian partner WeWorld Onlus in targeting Beit Dajan wastewater tratement plant which serves most of the residents (total inhabitants 4,460), through rehabilitation of the treatment technical components, and installation of innovative irrigation trains and networks for reuse of Treated Waste Water.

NRD compie vent'anni: il servizio di Videolina

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Servizio di Videolina a cura di Franco Ferrandu sui vent’anni del Nucleo Ricerca Desertificazione