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Final conference LIFE Desert-Adapt

Preparing areas at desertification risk to increased climate change. 

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 explored these relevant topics with experts on Climate Change Risk, Land Degradation and Desertification risk, C cycle and C farming, and innovative solutions for arid and degraded lands. During the final conference, the Desert-Adapt project presented the key results obtained by the project and shared lessons learned. 

  • desertification
  • Friday 23 June 2023, 10:00 - 12:30 (CEST)
  • Online only


  1. 23 Jun 2023, 10:00 - 10:10 (CEST)
    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

  2. 10:10 - 10:20 (CEST)
    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)

  3. 10:20 - 10:30 (CEST)
    10:20 – 10:30

    Desert | Too little too late – the need to adapt

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

  4. 10:30 - 10:40 (CEST)
    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

  5. 10:40 - 11:00 (CEST)
    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

  6. 11:00 - 11:10 (CEST)
    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.

  7. 11:10 - 11:20 (CEST)
    11:10 – 11:20

    LIFE C-farms: carbon farming certification schemes

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

  8. 11:20 - 11:30 (CEST)
    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

  9. 11:30 - 12:00 (CEST)
    11:30 - 12:00

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

    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)


  10. 12:00 - 12:30 (CEST)
    12:00 – 12:30

    Closing | Q&A and closing remarks

    Coordinated by Simona Castaldi Project Coordinator

Practical information

Friday 23 June 2023, 10:00 - 12:30 (CEST)
Online only