Preparing areas at desertification risk to increased climate change

23 June 2023

10.00-12.30 CET

Organizer by LIFE Project Desert-Adapt, Università degli studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Project Coordinator



LIFE DESERT-ADAPT is a five-year project funded by EU LIFE Programme. It aims to test a Desertification Adaptation framework of land management designed to respond to two of the most critical problems experienced by farmers, public lands and communities of the Mediterranean Basin, the need to adapt to current Climate Change and the need to reduce and counteract the increasing phenomenon of land degradation and desertification risk.

The final conference will explore these relevant topics together with experts of Climate Change Risk, Land Degradation and Desertification risk, C cycle and C farming, innovative solutions for arid and degraded lands.

Desert-Adapt project will present key results obtained by the project and lessons learned.

Language: English
Location: Online

Program of the event


10:00 – 10:10
Opening from Coordination and CINEA

Simona Castaldi, Project coordinator – Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
Claudia Guerrini, Project Advisor – LIFE Program, CINEA

Giulia Pérez Almodóvar, ITALIAN LIFE National Contact Point Team – MASE

Desertification risk – where do we stand

10:10 – 10:20
Invited | Climate change hazard in the Mediterranean basin
Paola Mercogliano, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Head of REMHI Division (Regional Model and geo-Hydrological Impacts)

10:20 – 10:30
Desert | Too little too late – the need to adapt

Riccardo Valentini, Prof. Tuscia University, Desert-Adapt external advisor

10:30 – 10:40
Invited |Fighting desertification risk in Europe – what do we need? are we ready?
Anna Luise, Head of Global Issues Unit, UNCCD Scientific and Technical Correspondent – ISPRA (Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research)

Science and society in action: key learnings and solutions from LIFE and EU projects

10:40 – 11:00
Desert|LIFE Desert-Adapt: preparing desertification areas for increasing climate change
Simona Castaldi, Project coordinator – Prof. Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli

11:00 – 11:10
LIFE NIEBLAS: innovative fog collectors and innovative ways of reforestation in degraded areas
Saúl Oliva Cabrera, Gestión y Planeamiento Territorial y Medioambiental – S.A.

11:10 – 11:20
LIFE C-farms: carbon farming certification schemes

Maria V. Chiriacò & Tashina Petersson, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici – Division IAFES

11:20 – 11:30
LIFE New Life 4 Drylands: Remote Sensing techniques for mid- and long-term monitoring of interventions in degraded and desertified lands
Paolo Mazzetti, project manager – Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research –CNR-IIA, Italy

Round table | Adapting and fighting desertification: Desert-Adapt contribution to policy gaps and initiatives

11:30 – 12:00
Fernando Pulido:
Desert-Adapt Spain local activity coordinator, prof. University of Extremadura
Filipe da Silva: Desert-Adapt Portugal local activity coordinator, Associação de Defesa do Património de Mértola
Joao Madeira: Desert-Adapt Portugal, project implementation partner, President of Cooperativa Agrícola do Guadiana
Paola Quatrini: Desert-Adapt Italy local activity coordinator, prof. University of Palermo (STEBICEF)

12:00 – 12:30
Closing | Q&A and closing remarks
Coordinated by Simona Castaldi Project Coordinator

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