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COST Action ES1104 - Arid Lands Restoration and Combat of Desertification PDF Print E-mail
Written by Erik van den Elsen   

COST Action ES1104
Arid Lands Restoration and Combat of Desertification COST Action ES1104 focuses on practical measures that can be used by practitioners, stakeholders and authorities to restore degraded drylands and manage their recovery. It will run from June 2012 to May 2016. This networking Action has its origins in the European Union but its remit is to galvanize action and innovation within and beyond EU borders. The action welcomes participation and collaboration in this endeavour to create a global ‘one stop shop’ for the dissemination of knowledge and solutions to people in arid lands, and also creates opportunities for education and innovation through Short-Term Scientific Missions and Training Schools.
Funding opportunity to participate in Training School 2
A training school on Semi-Arid Land Management for Crop Production and Restoration of Man-made Soils will be held at the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (IAMB) in Valenzano, Bari, Italy from 19-24 September 2013. 

For further details see http://www.desertrestorationhub.com
 The course will combine classroom lectures with practical training in the field. Trainees will make field surveys of flora and soils in both pristine and man-made soils in order to identify the impacts of human interventions on soil quality and biodiversity loss. In addition, there will be demonstrations of sustainable land management practices to improve soil quality and vegetation cover. These include cultivation of cover legume crops in vineyards and olive groves, and reforestation of degraded areas.

COST Action ES1104 is offering sixteen places on the training school on a competitive basis. Successful applicants will receive a fixed grant of €650 (€800 for participants from Israel) as a contribution towards the costs of travel, accommodation and meals. Applicants must be graduate students, post-docs, or early stage researchers, and must be enrolled in or affiliated to an Institution located in a country participating in this COST Action.

For further details see http://www.desertrestorationhub.com
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