IUCLAND – International University Cooperation on Land Protection in European-Asiatic Countries, is an educational project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme under the Key Action 2 on “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices”.
The aim of IUCLAND is to foster international cooperation among partner Universities through the implementation of training activities (namely summer schools and workshops) dedicated to the topic of Land Degradation. Indeed, the project promotes international cooperation at both regional and cross-regional level, by allowing the interaction among European, Far East Asian Central Asian partners.
The project implementation period is from 2015 to 2018.
Land degradation is a global problem, affecting about a quarter of the world’s land area (FAO, 2013) and impacts one out of three people (UNCCD, 2013), compromising welfare levels of populations that heavily depend on natural resources.
Coherently with the regional and international effort at political level, IUCLAND proposes to improve the effectiveness of land protection strategies by increasing cooperation capacity and best practices sharing, though educational patterns involving Higher Education Institutions and stakeholders.
The First Steering Committee Meeting was held on June 14th and 15th (2016) at the University of Agriculture in Nitra (SUA). The welcome address was given by the vice-dean of the Faculty of European Studies and Regional Development, Anna Bandlerová (SUA).
The Kick-off Meeting of the IUCLAND project has been held in Nanjing (RPC) from January 12th to January 15th, 2016. The event has officially launched the activities of the project and constituted a precious occasion for the partners to meet and lay the basis for a fruitful cooperation.