The School is targeted to graduates, doctoral and post-doctoral students in environmental disciplines, agronomy, soil science, applied biology, natural resource management, landscape planning, environmental sciences from all over the world. Given the highly interactive activities planned at the Summer School, the number of participants is limited to 30.
Please note that the Summer School will be activated from a minimum number of 12 applicants.
The concept of “Land degradation neutrality” - LDN - was proposed by the UNCCD as a central objective in the context of the sustainable development goals. However, LDN has not been investigated in detail at the higher levels of scientic research and education. The scientific debate on this topic is of interest at the scientific community level including the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ) as it is relevant also for the proposed climate change mitigation policies. For instance, forecasts on the impact of climate change on agricultural and forestry systems developed by the worldwide scientific community do not take into account medium and long-term effects of climate change on soil organic carbon dynamics. Soil organic matter dynamics strongly affect the agronomic fertility, hydrology and even the mitigation potential of greenhouse gas emissions.
The summer school is designed to address these issues by integrating the application of tools for quantitative analysis (mathematical models) with discussion on case studies, to improve the participants' ability to critically understand the
complex interactions between biophysical and social processes that characterize sustainable development in a context of climate change.
A detailed handbook is available here
The deadline for applications to the Summer School is 30th June 2017.