Arab Centre for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD)

Centre arabe pour l'étude des zones arides et des terres sèches
Centro Arabe para el Estudio de las Zonas y Tierras Aridas

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1968, Damascus (Syrian AR), as a specialized Arab intergovernmental organization, by decision of the Council of League of Arab States (LAS).


Unify the Arab efforts which aim to develop the scientific agricultural research in the arid and semi-arid areas and help in the exchange of information and experiences in a way that allows to make use of the scientific progress conduct and encourages the transfer, development and establishment of the modern agricultural techniques in order to increase the agricultural production in these areas and improve the livelihood of their residents.

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Assumes responsibility for the agricultural development and the exploration of the means of achieving water and food security through: production of new and high-yielding varieties of cereals which are tolerant of drought; provision of reliable genetic resources of fruit trees and range plants and production of animal breeds which suit Arab arid conditions; realization of the integrated management of water resources and the rational use of these resources; sound management of the use of saline, waste and treated waste water in agriculture; conservation of the environment and the biodiversity; combating desertification; rehabilitation of desertified lands and establishment of databases of water and soil resources and plant and animal health. Makes surveys of the renewable natural resources and prepares maps of their distribution and uses through the use of remote sensing and Geographic Information System techniques. Disseminates results of research and studies through cooperation and scientific conferences, training courses, seminars and workshops.


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Relations with 35 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 14 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Climatology
    • Arid Zones
  • Research, Standards
    • Study
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Agriculture

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 15: Life on Land



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