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DESERTLINKS Combating Desertification in Mediterranean Europe Linking Science with Stakeholders

Objectives: Identification of land function impact indicators: driving force and pressure indicators relating to decision making; and response indicators relating to land management measures taken to combat desertification.
Development of a conceptual and database framework of indicators of different stakeholders in desertification affected Regions of Alentejo (Portugal), Guadelentin (Spagna), Agri (Italy) and Lesvos (Greece).
Development of a composite indicators combining different stakeholders-identified indicators with bio-physical and socio-economic state indicators already developed for Mediterranean Europe. Together they will form an environmentally sensitive area identification system, for use at the sub-national scale. In addition, coarse scale modelling of soil erosion, salinisation and channel processes will provide a regional degradation index of the Mediterranean-wide scale.
Finally indicators of different scale and type will be combined into a desertification indicator system for Mediterranean Europe..
Sectorial Topic (Note): Desertification monitoring and assessment
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: Desertification Research Group of the University of Sassari, University of Basilicata (Italy); EC Environment Institute Soil and Waste Unit, Ispra (Italy), Desertlinks Project Office, Department of Geography King’s College London Strand, School of Geography, University of Leeds (United Kingdom); EC Environmental Change (The Nederlands); Agricoltural University of Athens, Dept. of Natural Resources and Agric. Engineering Soils Laborator (Greece); Physical Geography Universidad de Murcia, Direccion General de Conservacion de la Naturaleza (Spain); Departamento de Geografia e Planeamento Regional Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
Contents: The principal product will be a Desertification Indicator system for Mediterranean Europe, which has been tested and evaluated by both the local stakeholders and the Annex IV National Committees. The indicator system will be used by local stakeholders to explore alternative management scenarios and by the National Committees for national and regional management and monitoring.
Means of Implementation: Amount of financing 1.599.997,00 euro.
Funding for the project was provided by the European Commission, DG XIII under the 4th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Programme.
The system will be used to explore different management options identified by the local stakeholders. There will be close collaboration with both local stakeholders and the National Committees to test the application of the indicator system to new regions and to validate the local identification of high risk areas and the implications of local scenario analyses.
Target year: 2004
Target Area/Place: Mediterranean Europe
Expected Outcome(S): The principal product will be a Desertification Indicator system for Mediterranean Europe, which will be tested and evaluated by both the local stakeholders and the Annex IV National Committees for regional and regional management and monitoring.
Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: This project addresses several priority actions identified in the plan of implementation which are related to the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification to address causes of desertification and land degradation in order to maintain and restore land, and to address poverty resulting from land degradation (§ 41). In particular providing affordable local access to information to improve monitoring and early warning related to desertification and drought ( § 41, e).
Other Information:
(Contact): Prof. N. Geeson/ Dr J. Brandt
Desertlinks Project Office
Oaklands House Coggins Mill Lane Mayfield
Est Sussex, TN20 6UL United Kingdom
Tel: +44.1435.873.859
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