Networking projects and other initiatives

The NRD Networking staff supports the coordination of projects and activities national and international projects (scientific networking), keeps close relationships with international and national treaties and regulations, particularly UNCCD, EC and the Italian National Action Plan to Combat desertification (institutional networking).

Please find below more information about networking projects and activties in which NRD has participated both as coordinator and partner. The projects are listed in chronological order starting from the most recent ones.


NRD is the Operational Secretariat of DesertNet International  ( DNI is an International Association of researchers which aims to generate and enhance knowledge and understanding of the biophysical and socio-economic processes of desertification. DNI supports any mechanism by which science and technology may contribute to sustainable dryland development, combating desertification, reversing soil degradation in drylands, and to the identification of preventive measures to conserve the natural resources. 

As a multidisciplinary network, DesertNet International provides a platform for scientifically based discussions and exchange of ideas. It also addresses knowledge gaps and identifies research areas.  

As a think tank, DesertNet International communicates with stakeholders and policymakers,  by identifying issues and priorities for them. The network responds to demands for assessment and information needs and translates knowledge into lay terms to improve public awareness of desertification, its costs and implications beyond drylands. DesertNet International closely cooperates with the European Commission’s Research Directorate, ministries, development agencies and UN bodies (specifically the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification - UNCCD).