Desert-Adapt to Science 

Desert-Adapt aims at analysing key issues related to the state of ecosystems in Mediterranean areas under desertification risk, state and values of the ecosystem services, options for sustainable managments and conservation. In the course of the project we will upload on this page the progresses made in this sector by the technical teams. Read more


 Desert-Adapt to Policy

Desert-Adapt aims at integrating successfull scientific and management evidence into local, national and international policies for enviornmental, economical and social improvement and growth in Mediterranean areas under climate change treat. In this page we will publish interesting project updates on policy issues.  Read more



Presentations at Conferences


Alessandrino L., Grilli E., Mastrocicco M., Castaldi S. Estimation of the avoided soil loss due to the application of the Desert-Adapt measures. XXIX Congresso della Società Italiana di Ecologia “Capitale Naturale: la Gestione per la Conservazione”. 10-12 September, 2019, Ferrara (Italy).

Branquinho C., Príncipe A., Serafim J., Rocha B., Köbel M., Matos P., Pinho P., A. Nunes (2019). As florestas e os sistemas agro-silvo-pastoris nas zonas semi-áridas – desafios e oportunidades. 36ª Ovibeja, 24-28 Abril, Beja, Portugal.

Carvalho Sílvia (2018). Climate Change in the Regional Context. INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP – Pioneers into Practice, Climate-KIC, 18th May, Lisbon, Portugal.

Castaldi S., Bijl M. , Alduina R. , Bastidas M., da Silveira B. R. , Catania V. , Coppola E. , Grilli E. , Herguido E. , La Mantia T. , Lo Verde G. , Mastrocicco M. , Miranda J. , Pulido F., Pérez-Izquierdo C. , Quatrini P. , Rutigliano F. A.. Adapting agroforestry to future climate scenarios: The LIFE project Desert-Adapt. 4th World Congress on Agroforestry, 2019. Montpellier: CIRAD, INRA, World Agroforestry

da Silveira Bueno Rafael,Rogério Cangarato, Camillo Cusimano, Tommaso La Mantia, Rocco Lo Duca , Gabriella Lo Verde, Bruno Massa, Fernando Pulido. Bird abundance and richness in ten Mediterranean agroforestry systems. 4th World Congress on Agroforestry, 2019. Montpellier: CIRAD, INRA, World Agroforestry.

Grilli E., M. Bastidas, M. Bijl, S. Carvalho, E. Coppola, T. La Mantia, C.A.R. Machado, M. Mastrocicco, Marzaioli R., F. Pulido, M.J. Roxo, F.A. Rutigliano, P. Quatrini, A. Sarmento, S. Castaldi. “Drivers of soil quality in agro-ecosystems and managed forested lands of Mediterranean areas under increasing climatic risk”. First Joint Meeting SISS-SIPe-SICA on Soil and Plant System Sciences (SPSS 2019) Natural and Human-induced Impacts on the Critical Zone and Food Production. 23-26 September 2019, Bari, Italy.

Grilli E., Coppola E., la mantia T., Mastrocicco M., Pulido F., Rutigliano F.A., Quatrini P., Castaldi S. TERRAenVISION 2019, Working towards the sustainable development goals. 2-7 September, Barcelona, Spain. Oral presentation “Soil quality characterization of Mediterranean areas under desertification risk for the implementation of management schemes aimed at Land Degradation Neutrality”.

 Mastrocicco Micol, Eleonora Grilli, Simona Castaldi “Innovative and sustainable solutions for agro-food systems: desertadapt and multifoot projects. International Scientific Meeting ”. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN TERMS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA STRATEGIC GOALS REALIZATION WITHIN THE DANUBE REGION“ - science and practice in the service of agriculture. Belgrade, National Bank of Serbia December, 12-13th 2019.

 Quatrini Paola, Valentina Catania, Rosa Alduina, Rafael Da Silveira Bueno, Simona Castaldi and Eleonora Grilli. Key features of bacterial communities in Southern Europe soils vulnerable to desertification. XXXIII° Congress SIMGBM - Microbiology 2019 - Firenze, 19 - 22 June 2019.

 Quatrini P., V. Catania, R. Alduina, R. Da Silveira Bueno, M. Milazzo, S. Castaldi and E. Grilli. Bacterial diversity in soils vulnerable to desertification. “5th International Conference on Microbial Diversity” Catania Sept 25-27, 2019.

Rutigliano F.A., Grilli E., Marzaioli R., Mastrocicco M., Coppola E., Castaldi S. “Loss of soil organic carbon in areas at desertification risk of Southern Europe”. XXIX Congresso della Società Italiana di Ecologia “Capitale Naturale: la Gestione per la Conservazione”. 10-12 September, 2019, Ferrara (Italy).

Sofia Serena, Valentina Catania, Rafael da Silveira Bueno, Tommaso La Mantia, Paola Quatrini.XII Interazione fra funghi micorrizici e piante pioniere in ambienti aridi e degradati: il caso di Lampedusa. Congress of the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology (SISEF), 12 – 15 november 2019.

Lo Verde Gabriella, Camillo Cusimano, Tommaso La Mantia, Rafael Da Silveira Bueno, Paola Quatrini. Arthropod diversity in soils vulnerable to desertification. the 9th ESSC (European Society for Soil Conservation) International Congress on the 26 – 28 September, 2019, Agricultural University of Tirana. Tirana, Albania.


Scientific Publications of the team acknowledging Desert-Adapt support 

 Sparacio I., La Mantia T. 2018. New data on Protaetia (potosia) opaca (Coleoptera Cetoniidae) from Pantelleria island (Sicilian channel, Italy) Naturalista sicil., S. IV, XLII (2), pp. 331-336.


Publications and references of interest in the Science and policy sector




The State of Mediterranean Forests 2018 analyzes the circum-Mediterranean region, a territory encompassing thirty-one countries and a wide range of political, economic, social and environmental contexts. The region has an extremely rich natural and cultural heritage. Here, human and economic development is largely dependent on at times scarce natural resources and a vulnerable environment. Today, human activity has placed substantial pressure on this environment, the impact of which is felt differently in the northern, southern and eastern sub-regions. Based on a bioclimatic definition of Mediterranean forests, the Mediterranean region includes more than 25 million hectares of forests and about 50 million hectares of other wooded lands. These lands are strongly interconnected with urban and agricultural/rural areas. Mediterranean forests and other wooded lands in the region make vital contributions to rural development, poverty alleviation and food security, as well as to the agriculture, water, tourism, and energy sectors.