UNESCO Chair in Desertification (555), established in 2001 at the University of Khartoum (Sudan).


Desertification and desert cultivation.


Short-term objectives:

  • Reinforcement of the University’s teaching and research capabilities so that it may efficiently undertake its postgraduate and in-service training programmes in desertification and desert cultivation (DDC).
  • Development of qualified staff in DDC to contribute effectively to national, sub regional and regional efforts to combat desertification.
  • Implementation of coordinated national research projects in DDC, ensuring that they are integrated within the National Action Programme of Sudan in relation to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD).

Long-term objectives:

  • Development of specific, effective and coordinated activities and cooperation at all levels for achieving the objectives of the Chair.
  • Strengthening training and research capabilities of the University, and of departments, centres, and institutions in universities contributing to the Chair’s research programme.
  • Establishment of an international centre of excellence for postgraduate training research and documentation in the domain of desertification and desert cultivation.
  • Development of pilot scheme(s) for testing, validating and demonstrating the use of modern and traditional technology in combating desertification.

Host Institution


Progress Report 2007-2008 (short version)

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Natural Sciences, UNESCO Cairo Office.


Dr El Tayeb Alhag Ali Ahmed , UNESCO Chairholder, University of Khartoum, Desertification and Desert Cultivation Studies Institute
E-Mail address - eehag3(at)
Work Phone - 249 904-085-5773
Street - Al Karib St.
City - Khartoum
Country - Sudan