Global Arid Zone Project

A Global Network of Arid and Semi-Arid
Restoration Researchers

Bringing global experts together to share experiences and advance restoration practices in dryland systems worldwide

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Finding the common threads across restoration projects to understand which methods work, where, why, and who is implementing them

This project aims to bring together arid and semi-arid restoration researchers globally to pool existing data and knowledge for a deeper understanding of restoration science. Arid and semi-arid zones comprise 40% of global land cover and represent important locations for agriculture, rangeland, and extractable resources. However, extensive human land use has led to degradation over large extents of these landscapes. Efforts to restore the dominant species and structures of these ecosystems have rapidly expanded worldwide, yet reinstatement of diversity, structure, and function remains difficult.

Restoration actions in drylands span a wide variety of methods and strategies. GAZP finds the common threads between projects globally and helps us understand which methods work, where, why, and who is implementing them. This effort is pivotal to sharing knowledge and growing that knowledge together as a restoration community. There are two primary ways to become directly involved.

Getting involved: Contribute your data and join a coordinated, global experiment

The first is to add your experience to the effort through data contribution to the GAZP Database. To do so, please read the and go through the online data submission process. Contributors are kept aware of publication efforts that may arise from the data and are invited to participate. Additionally, the database will become a publicly accessible tool in future, allowing exploration of regional restoration methods and outcomes.

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Our network of 150 researchers and 100 datasets span 6 continents. Learn more about our team.

Arid Zone Distribution
Data from World Clim, v2.0; all areas shown had an average annual rainfall of less than 600 mm from 1970 – 2000.