Public Seminar: Dryland Management and Climate Change Nexus

VITRI, is organising a public seminar titled: Dryland Management and Climate Change Nexus

The seminar will focus on various aspects of dryland management, including drought adaptation and mitigation, drylands and climate change, food security in drylands, dryland agroforestry, rehabilitation of degraded dryland ecosystems, and drought policy and governance for drought risk management. The key-note speaker is Prof. Uriel Safriel who is a Professor of Ecology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – he is a world renowned dryland researcher. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion. In addition, there will be a poster presentation session.

Date: Wednesday, December14, 2016
Time: 08:30-16:30
Venue: Porthania P-II, University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki
More information: Eshetu Yirdaw (
Deadline for registration: 10 December, 2016

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The Great Green Wall of Resilience


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The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel initiative is Africa’s flagship initiative to build prosperity and resilience in over 20 countries around the Sahara. It was built to combat the effects of climate change and desertification and address food insecurity and poverty. Endorsed by the African Union in 2007 as a game-changer in Africa’s drylands, the initiative aims to transform the lives of millions of people by creating a great mosaic of green and productive landscapes across North Africa, Sahel and the Horn. A wide range of actors and stakeholders in African countries north and south of the Sahara are involved, and many international organizations are lending their support.