There is great need to restore existing despoiled drylands and to combat increasing desertification. Restoring habitats improves biodiversity, increases carbon sequestration, enhancing the quality of life for people. An essential measure is the planting of and re-establishment of vegetation. The successful establishment of vegetation in arid areas is complex requiring the multi-disciplinary skills of arid land experts with various capabilities, in soils, hydrology, ecology, agronomy, land management etc. However, vegetation restoration techniques in arid areas require review and development. Information on restoration is highly dispersed and often difficult to obtain.
The creation of the ‘Drylands and Desert Restoration Hub’ is thus aimed to bring together the expertise, knowledge and information on vegetation establishment and management that exists in the EU and around the world. The drylands and desert restoration hub provides a focus for information for all stakeholders.
Mathematik, Informatik und Naturwissenschaften
Institute for Plant Science and Microbiology; Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution of Plants
Dr. Ute Schmiedel
Institute for Plant Science and Microbiology
University of Hamburg
Coordinator: Benz Kotzen, University of Greenwich Email: b.kotzen"AT"gre.ac.uk