2013 is celebrating the 5th anniversary of the UNESCO Chair on Eremology, Ghent University, Belgium; the 25th year of ESSC (European Society for Soil Conservation) and the 10th year of the existence of CAZALAC, the Centre for Arid and Semi-Arid Zones in Latin America and Caribbean, located in Chile. The Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation 2013 will act as a platform and a catwalk for showing actions and projects undertaken in recent years for combating desertification, land degradation and drought in different climatic zones and at different scales. Among the objectives of the conference is taking stock of not only the current scientific knowledge but also of the current strategies of management of drylands and of drought affected areas, and this at a national, regional and community level. For further information, please visit www.desertland.eu  
and/or contact donald.gabriels(at)UGent.be or info(at)desertland.eu Your intention to participate (eventually with a tentative title of presentation) and registration form (no obligations so far) can already be send to: info(at)desertland.eu