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DESIRE plenary meeting China
Written by Erik van den Elsen   

ImageThe 5th plenary DESIRE meeting was held from October 11-18th 2010 in Xián - China. The meeting was organised in cooperation with the LANDCON 1010 international conference and comprised the LANDCON conference meeting, the DESIRE meeting, a field trip and additional DESIRE traning sessions. The meeting was kindly hosted by the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation based in Yangling.


Information about the past meeting can be found on the DESIRE China 2010 meeting page (click HERE). This page contains links to:

  • meeting presentations
  • meeting training video's
  • meeting images
DESIRE represented in DeSurvey International Scientific Conference
Written by Erik van den Elsen   
DESIRE represented in the International scientific conference on ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC TOOLS FOR DESERTIFICATION POLICY, 28-29 September, IFAD, Rome.


ImageDESIRE was represented in two presentations, several posters and a demonstration session on tools and knowledge management for assessing the extent and impact of land degradation and Sustainable Land Management.
The communication of desertification science to policy makers and other stakeholders received special attention.

Go to the conference website by clicking HERE

Study Site Gender Case
Written by Erik van den Elsen   
“The gender plan is excellent and exemplary for many other projects and should be highlighted beyond DESIRE ” - Statement by the EU commission in their 3rd review report.

Ribeira Seca, Santiago, Cape Verde
The DESIRE gender plan shows gender issues in the institute as well as in the study sites. It makes gender issues visible with a yearly monitor. Therefore a questionnaire is used in the research institutes of the partners where in the study site monitor questions are being asked to produce a gender poster.

DESIRE’s study site gender posters show that changes through the new land use management bring time and possibilities for women and men. This means not a self evident process towards gender equality. For gender equality it is important to keep both men and women informed about monitoring systems, technological developments, health, education and funding opportunities.

An interview with Isaurinda Baptista, scientific manager of INIDA, DESIRE’s partner organization in Cape Verde illustrates gender in the study site, the Ribeira Seca basin.  (
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The Gender reports (for years 1, 2 and 3 including all study site gender posters) are available

as downloads in: Download > Project Documents (public) > Gender

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