What is CASCADE about?

One of the most challenging themes in ecology over the last decades is the quest for the understanding of discontinuous changes in ecosystems. Discontinuous shifts have already been observed and analyzed for a wide variety of ecological systems, including lakes, drylands, peatlands, rangelands, marine systems, and musselbeds.


Some of these discontinuous shifts in ecosystems imply undesired and irreversible changes. For example, shallow lakes can suddenly change into eutrophic systems with a large loss in biological diversity.


CASCADE will investigate and analyze a range of dryland ecosystems in southern Europe to obtain a better understanding of sudden shifts in drylands that may lead to major losses in biodiversity and concomitant ecosystem services.


Based on these analyses, CASCADE will develop ways to predict the proximity of the CASCADE’s dryland ecosystems to thresholds in such a way that these predictions can be used by policymakers and land users for more sustainable management of drylands worldwide.

How can drylands serve biodiversity targets?

To get an answer to the question above, go to Land Day 6 at the Rio Conventions Pavilion on Monday, 15 October 2012, at the 11th Session of the COP of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

With a provocative keynote address to be delivered by world renowned environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva and presentations of innovative activities from the private sector, local communities and government, Land Day 6 participants will examines these issues in depth.


Discussion will be guided by three key questions:

  • What is the implication of drylands land restoration for meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets?
  • How do we measure the true economic value of land?
  • How can alternative production models bridge the gap between agriculture, food and land policies?

If you want to know how the trajectory of paradigm shift on land stewardship that took place at Rio + 20 in June will influence the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, you don't want to miss this event. 

Dr Braulio Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, and Mr Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary, will also speak at the event.

Land Day 6 is an open event. Lunch will be provided as well as an evening reception with plenty of opportunities for interviewing and networking.

Download the programme at:http://www.unccd.int/en/programmes/Event-and-campaigns/Land-Day/Land%20day%206/Pages/default.aspx