Fellows with farmer Thor Karason
14 August 2018

Excursion on land degradation, restoration implementation and land care

An important part of the training in the UNU-LRT six-month training programme are field excursions where the fellows learn about land degradation challenges, successes and failures in land restoration, and discuss with local people working in the field. Last week the fellows were on an excursion in the North of Iceland where they visited diverse sites revealing how land condition has been improved with various innovative solutions, often under harsh conditions.
Participants and facilitators of the course
11 July 2018

Course in Mongolia on communicating knowledge for sustainable rangeland management under climate change

Mongolia has an unparalleled monitoring programme on rangeland health. A wealth of data is collected every year in a systematic way, at many sites throughout this vast country. The high-quality data collected provides opportunities to communicate and synthesize this knowledge, so that it can be translated into effective policy making for sustainable rangeland use.
Dr Richard Thomas
25 May 2018

International guest lecturer at UNU-LRT

The main international lecturer at UNU-LRT this year is Dr Richard Thomas, Scientific Coordinator of ELD (the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative) and Consultant to ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas). Dr Thomas has vast experience in managing and implementing research projects on natural resources management and a great deal of his work has been on strengthening managerial and institutional capacity by building networks between scientists from many parts of the world, including Africa, Asia and Latin America.
9 May 2018

New paper on sheep grazing and land degradation of Icelandic ecosystems

A new paper on sheep grazing and Icelandic ecosystems has been recently published in the journal Land Degradation & Development. The paper “The sheep in wolf’s clothing? Recognizing threats for land degradation in Iceland using state‐and‐transition models” is led by Isabel C Barrio, project manager at UNU-LRT and co-authored by several UNU-LRT lecturers.
UNU-LRT 2018 cohort
28 March 2018

The 2018 UNU-LRT fellows have arrived

We have a new group of energetic and enthusiastic fellows at UNU-LRT. They are 17 this year, ten women and seven men. The fellows are all experts in their respective countries working on issues related to land use and land management. They will stay for six months at UNU-LRT to advance their knowledge and skills on halting land degradation, restoring degraded land and sustainable land management.
27 February 2018

UNU’s work toward the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

UNU recently launched its Sustainable Development Explorer, a new campaign highlighting UNU’s work to support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015, the SDGs unite global action to overcome the world’s biggest challenges, from hunger and poverty to equality and peace.