Global Dryland Ecosystem (G-DEP) Program networking consultation

Thursday 5 September, 1330-1600

We invite all ARS2019 attendees to contribute to the development of a new global network.
There is no participation fee. Please indicate when you register to attend ARS2019 if you would like to attend this workshop. 
Background: Global dryland systems are found all continents of the world; covering over 41% of the land surface, producing 44% of the crops; supporting over 250 million people; holding approximately third of biodiversity hotspots; and providing habitat for 28% of endangered species. These lands are faced with immense pressure due to land use change, climate changes, and livelihood strategies are challenged by changing globalization affecting markets, policies, and new demands on natural resources derived from these landscapes.
A new international initiative is being undertaken, The Global-Dryland Ecosystem Program (G-DEP), to address challenges faced by these diverse and fragile land systems and to develop an actionable research approach to further enable sustainable land use systems to meet local social-ecological needs of communities living and working in these environments.  This workshop aims to consult with the Australian drylands research community, as well as other interested particiaprnts in the ARS2019, the research and engagement directions that would foster collaborative activities with groups from other regions of the world, in the light of research efforts to address dryland system concerns that will have been exposed at the ARS20-19 conference.
Program: The workshop program will include 30 min introductions and short presentations on the science and engagement objectives and process of engagement within and across regions that G-DEP is proposing.  We will then spend most of the time in small table discussions on the following (or other dryland priorities attendees wish to raise), with a focus on the Australasian region:
a) How to identify dryland ecosystem shifts and catch the signals for tipping points.
b) How to best describe and capture the diversity of social-ecological conditions of dryland systems across the globe? Or What are the livelihood characteristics shaped in dryland systems?
c) Who are critical stakeholder groups to engage with to shape the research and engagement agenda for G-DEP
d) What are good regional case studies to include in our research coordinated network?
The last 30 minutes will report back and summarise these discussions.
Organizational framing: The initial framing of this initiative has been carried out under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) with contributions from four institutes of CAS, that is, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). The initiative is co-led by Prof. Bojie Fu from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Dr. Mark Stafford Smith from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia. The interim science community is comprised of researchers from Africa, North America, and Asia.