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Written by Joost   

The DESIRE project encompasses a set of 18 so called "hotspot areas" , or study sites, around the globe (see Table 4.1 and Fig. 4.3) that are affected by one or more desertification related problems. These areas have a different socio-economic context in the form of land use and land management and a different physical context in the form of climate and landscape. This gives DESIRE a truly global "laboratory" to apply both tested conservation and remediation measures, and find new and innovative approaches to combat desertification. One of the main challenges will be to merge the results into a methodological framework and harmonized database information system. This calls for a well-structured approach.

In order to achieve the goals mentioned in the previous chapter, the DESIRE IP has been divided into a logical series of interrelated Working Blocks (see Figs. 4.1 and 4.2), each with specific goals, tasks and deliverables.

Fig. 4.1. Interrelationship between IP Working Blocks, including WB coordinators and participating partners

WB1 inventorizes the 18 hotspot target areas and organizes both spatial environmental data and socio-economic data of stakeholder groups. WB2 uses this information and available results from other EU projects (see Annex 1) to define and evaluate sets of desertification indicators. These indicators are tested for their efficiency in the monitoring phase in WB4 and used to organize the monitoring results into a framework. WB3 uses the information of WBs 1 and 2 to develop a series of conservation and remediation strategies in close cooperation with the stakeholders. These strategies are implemented in each of the hotspot areas in WB4 and their efficiency is measured and modeled over the course of several years. The goal of WB5 is to upscale the results of WB4 and model them on a larger scale, forecasting regional effects of combating desertification both in environmental and socio-economical terms. WB6 finally runs parallel to the other workblocks in that it designs a harmonized data information system to which all WBs contribute data, and organizes the dissemination of the results.

Fig. 4.2. The DESIRE IP timetable

The DESIRE consortium is in a strong position to achieve what is being planned, for several reasons. First, within the consortium a wealth of knowledge is already available. Annex 1 gives a list of recent projects in which DESIRE partners have recently been involved. These projects include different aspects of desertification, such as indicators, socio-economic data and modeling. Full use of the available knowledge will be made. Second, the hotspot areas available truly span the globe and tackle a wide range of degradation and desertification problems. Third, the organization is such that a close integration exists between the working blocks, with parallel activities and feedbacks (see timetable in Fig. 4.2) providing many checks to prevent failure.


B.4.2 Research, technological development and innovation activities

Each working block is subdivided into a number of work packages, as shown below.

WB1: Environmental and Socio-Economical Context
1.1 Information review
1.2 Assessment and mapping
1.3 Drivers and policy context
1.4 Stakeholder analysis and sustainability goals

WB2: Land Degradation Indicators
2.1 Identify potential land degradation indicators
2.2 Evaluate and short-list proposed indicators

WB3: Defining Potential Prevention and Mitigation Strategies
3.1: Identify existing and potential strategies
3.2: Evaluate, document and share strategies
3.3: Select strategies in a participatory learning approach

WB4: Implementation and Monitoring Phase
4.1 Design of an integrated implementation plan for the hotspot areas
4.2 Implementation of conservation and remediation strategies
4.3 Monitoring, modeling and local evaluation of conservation measures
4.4 Testing and improving indicators
4.5 Comparison of hotspots

WB5: Regional evaluation of remediation strategies

5.1 Coarse scale model development
5.2 Fine scale model development and pedo-transfer functions
5.3 Model calibration and application
5.4 Evaluate model outputs with stakeholders

WB6: Dissemination

6.1 Planning the HIS and formats for DESIRE products
6.2 Collection of input, organization of input and product preparation
6.3 Dissemination of DESIRE products



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