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Over the last three decades and seven research Framework Programmes (FP), the European Union has invested considerable amounts of funding into the causes and consequence of desertification, both as it affects parts of Mediterranean Europe and worldwide.

 

The symposium Desertification in Europe, held in Mytilene in 1984, is often cited as the birth place of European desertification research. Initially the focus of the programmes was on climate change as the main driver of desertification, but that quickly moved to include the evaluation of human drivers too, with Mediterranean Desertification being recognised as an issue in its own right. With the start of FP5 (in 1998) the newly ratified UNCCD and the National Focal Points became obvious end users of European research and projects were funded to develop that collaboration.

 

By FP6 (2002), a significant body of research data and understanding of desertification processes (particularly bio-physical ones) had been accumulated and projects started to look at the exploitation and practical application of the research knowledge, with the development of detailed management options to combat desertification and their demonstration in affected areas, including those outside Mediterranean Europe.

 

FP7 (2007) saw the focus shift slightly to the responses made to desertification and ecosystem services decline, with the links between bio-physical and socio-economic processes being emphasised plus support for decision-making and facilitating knowledge transfer to stakeholders, including those at the institutional level.

 

The articles below contain details of many of the EU-funded desertification-related research projects, particularly those from the more recent Framework Programmes.


# Article Title
1 AIDCCD
2 ARIDnet
3 ASMODE
4 CAMELEO
5 CLEMDES
6 CLIMED
7 CORINE
8 COST 634
9 DEMON-I
10 DEMON-II
11 DESERTLINKS
12 Desert*Net
13 DESERTSTOP
14 DESERTWATCH
15 DeSurvey
16 DISMED
17 ECO-SLOPES
18 GEORANGE
19 GLASOD
20 ILTER
21 INDEX
22 JEFFARA
23 LADA
24 LADAMER
25 LEDDRA
26 LUCC
27 LUCINDA
28 MEDACTION
29 MEDAFOR
30 MEDALUS I, II, III
31 MEDCHANGE
32 MEDCOASTLAND
33 MEDRAP
34 MEDRATE
35 MWISED
36 PAP/RAC
37 PESERA
38 PRACTICE
39 PROTERRA
40 REACTION
41 RECONDES
42 REDMED
43 ROSELT
44 SCAPE
45 SENSOR
46 Sustainable Uplands
47 TERON
48 UNDESERT
49 VULCAN
50 WWAP
 
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