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The Dryland Science for Development Consortium (DSD)

Dryland Science for Development (DSD) is a consortium of five research organizations with deep and complementary experience on issues of sustainable land management and combating land degradation. The five organizations (in alphabetical order) are: European DesertNet, the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the European Commission Joint Research Centre - Institute for Environment and Sustainability (JRC-IES), and United Nations University's International Network on Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).

Jointly these core DSD partners bring global scientific experience and expertise, global science partnerships, a long history of close engagement in the CCD process, and strong experience and skills in the organization of scientific conferences.

DSD's main task is to assist the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) and particularly its Committee on Science and Technology (CST) in organizing and fund-raising for a Scientific Conference on "Bio-physical and socio-economic monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation, to support decision-making in land and water management" that will take place as part of CCD's formal Conference of Parties in late 2009 (dates to be finalized by CCD).

The DSD core partners are leaders in advanced research (EDN and JRC-IES), international research-for-development (ICARDA, ICRISAT), and strategic analysis / knowledge management (UNU-INWEH). The DSD partners are engaged in thousands of science-for-development partnerships across the developing and developed world. Their complementary and diverse global partnerships will ensure that all regions have an opportunity to contribute their best science to the Conference.

Read more about the DSD Partners by selecting them from the menu.

For more information please contact
Phone: (+ 39)0332 789982
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