Project Title: Sustainable Approaches to LAnd and water Management in MEditerranean Drylands


SALAM-MED is a RIA project funded under the PRIMA 2021 Program, section 1. The consortium is led by the NRD and is composed of a multidisciplinary team of 15 partners from 8 MED countries, involving an interdisciplinary network of research organisations, NGOs, SMEs and international organizations, with long-standing collaborative activities across the MED. SALAM-MED contributes to counteract land degradation and desertification in Mediterranean dryland, combining the development and tailoring of novel technologies/practical solutions for sustainable land and water management; and the design and implementation of innovative modalities for connecting scientists, end users, SMEs and NGOs with decision makers and other stakeholders. On this framework, the project pursues four strategic goals:

- Identify and evaluate natural resource-based technological solutions to increase the resilience of Mediterranean ecosystems at risk of desertification.

- Increase the resilience of rural communities to climatic and context-related stresses that are leading to depopulation and ecosystem degradation.

- Engage actively local communities (especially women and young people) in the project’s Living Lab to foster the integration of knowledge and the experimentation of new solutions.

- Generate new business opportunities for sustainable land management.

SALAM-MED will investigate on new technologies (e.g., virtual fencing, GPS collars, use of bio- stimulants and rhizosphere micro-organisms, etc.) based on natural resources for the sustainable management of Mediterranean sylvo-pastoral systems, recovery of soil fertility and resilience to plant diseases. It will organize six Living Labs for interaction between researchers and local stakeholders situated in areas at risk of desertification: Italy, Spain, Greece, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia. Through Living Labs and based on a cost-benefit analysis, SALAM MED will generate economic and business opportunities, and will disseminate and transfer its results and practical solutions in other Mediterranean ecosystems with similar characteristics.


Dates:  36 months, from April 2022 to March 2025


Source of funding: European Commission - PRIMA Programme (H2020)


Role of NRD UNISS: Lead Beneficiary

NRD Scientific Responsible: Prof. Pier Paolo Roggero


NRD members and staff involved: Prof. Quirico Migheli, Prof.ssa Giovanna Seddaiu, Prof.ssa

Paola Castaldi, Prof.ssa Romina Deriu, Prof. Giovanni Garau, Prof. Andrea Porceddu, Prof.

Giuseppe Scarascia Mugnozza, Dott. Bruno Scanu Dott. Alberto Carletti, Dott. Antonio Pulina,

Dott.ssa Chiara Ceseracciu, Dott.ssa Laura Mula, Dott. Luciano Gutierrez, Dott. Sante Maurizi,

Dott. Hassan Awada, Dott.ssa Nicoletta Mangia, Dott. Alberto Tanda.


  • Desertification Research Center (NRD), University of Sassari - IT
  • Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry (DAGRI), University of Florence -IT
  • Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (CNR-IPSP), National Research Council of Italy - IT
  • International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) - FR
  • Desert Research Center (DRC) - EG
  • Institut des Régions Arides (IRA) - TN
  • Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology, Academy of Athens (AoA) - GR
  • Center for Agro-food Economics and Development (CREDA) - ES
  • Cadi Ayyad University – Faculty of Sciences (UCA) - MO
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) - ES
  • Médenine Agro Tech (MAT) - TN
  • Abinsula (ABIES) - ES
  • Primo Principio (2P) - IT
  • WeWorld-GVC (WW-GVC) (in kind) - PS
  • DesertNet International (DNI) (in kind)
  • FAO – RNE (dissemination partner)

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