Participant 7 - Fondazione per lo sviluppo sostenibile del Mediterraneo (Fondazione MEDES), Italy (WP9)

Institute description: Fondazione per lo sviluppo sostenibile del Mediterraneo (Fondazione Medes) - Foundation for the Sustainable development of the Mediterranean, MEDES Foundation - is a non-profit organization, aiming to promote activities on sustainable development and management of Mediterranean areas highly exposed to desertification. People involved in the Foundation have a strong background in agricultural economics and policy; social sciences, natural resources management and cultural and natural sites promotion.
Role in the project: WP9 leader, participating in WPs 1 and 5-8.
Past experience: MEDES Foundation has highly-regarded expertise in a number of areas including: i) using a range of technologies for communication and dissemination of project results and best practice guidelines for decision-makers, ii) translating science to non-scieintific language, and iii) the use of strategic indicators and benchmarks for assessing and monitoring. The MEDES Foundation team includes the designer and editor of two web-base information systems: the Harmonised Information System for the EU-funded DESIRE Integrated Project, and the LEDDRIS Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Desertification Response Information System for the EU-funded LEDDRA project.

Involved personnel

  • Dr. Nichola Geeson Joint project manager for the MEDALUS II and MEDALUS III projects and joint Coordinator of DESERTLINKS. Editor and contributor to LUCINDA. Currently leading dissemination in DESIRE and contributing to communication and dissemination in LEDDRA. 
  • Dr. C. Jane Brandt Joint project manager for the MEDALUS I, II and III projects, joint Coordinator of DESERTLINKS. Designer and editor of DIS4ME. Editor and contributor to LUCINDA. Currently designing and editing the web-based information dissemination systems for both DESIRE and LEDDRA.
  • Dr. Rosanna Salvia Agricultural economist specialising in natural resources management with specific emphasis on socio-economic determinants of desertification phenomena. She has participated in the EU projects MEDALUS, DESERTLINKS, DESIRE, IMAGE Interreg III B Archimed, HADRIAMED Interreg III B Archimed, EUREKA Interreg III B Archimed, EDECCA Interreg III B Archimed, and LEDDRA.

Dr Nichola Geeson holds a Ph.D. in soil science. She has worked as a Project Manager with the EU-funded projects MEDALUS II, MEDALUS III, (1992-1999) and joint coordinator of DESERTLINKS (2001-2004). She was an editor in LUCINDA (2005-2008) and co-author of a booklet/leaflet/PowerPoint presentation on desertification indicators. She is currently leading the sixth work block, on dissemination in the EU-funded DESIRE Integrated Project (2007-2012), and contributing to communication and dissemination tasks in the EU-funded LEDDRA Project (2010-2014). She has contributed to a JRC contract on: “Evaluation and integration of strategic indicators and benchmarks for assessing and monitoring desertification” (2009) and is commissioned by the JRC to write overview chapter reflecting thematic considerations as contribution to the new World Atlas of Desertification (2011).


  • Brandt, C. Jane and Thornes, John B. 1996 Mediterranean Desertification and Land Use. Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 554 pp
  • Brandt J, Geeson N, Imeson A. 2003. A Desertification indicator system for Mediterranean Europe (DIS4ME) ttp:// (last visited 25.03.2010)
  • Brandt J, Geeson N. 2008. Desertification and indicators. Scientific Summary Paper, prepared for the EU-Project LUCINDA (Land care in desertification affected areas: from science towards application); Booklet Series A, Number 2, 16 pp. Last visited 2.03.2010.
  • Geeson NA, Brandt CJ and Thornes JB. (2002) Mediterranean Desertification. A Mosaic of Processes and Responses. Wiley, Chichester, UK
  • Zucca C, Della Peruta R, Salvia R, Cherlet M. And Sommer S. (2009) Evaluation and Integration of Baseline Indicators for Assessing and Monitoring Desertification. European Communities, EUR Report in press, ISSN 1018-5593, Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities 
  • Quaranta G, Salvia R (2005) Agricultural Management Practices Assessment – ManPrAs,, 2005 
  • Quaranta G, Salvia R (2001), Traditional peasant knowledge and rural landscape: empirical evidences in Southern Italy, in Mezzogiorno Rurale Risorse Endogene e Sviluppo: Il caso della Basilicata, Sergio Vellante (a cura di), Donzelli Editore