Trade-offs between water, energy and food (WEF) have become more and more serious due to rapid population growth and economic development around the world in the past decades. This is especially true for the arid and semi-arid areas that account for 38% of the world's land area. Alongside climate change, this would change the original water and material balance, and further lead to the occurrences of environmental vulnerabilities. Such integrated effects have also induced the competitions among stakeholders of different departments in a country. Therefore, it is now urgent to strengthen the research on adaptation strategies and technologies to prevent from those vulnerabilities and offer supports for decision makers.
The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan will hold International Workshop on Environmental Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategy for Arid and Semi-arid Regions on January 18, 2018 in Tsukuba, Japan. The purpose of this workshop is to deepen the research exchanges with each other, and to discuss the possibility of collaborative research on the assessment of environmental vulnerabilities and their adaptation strategies. The workshop will also discuss the issues relate to dryland ecosystem management for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Researchers from the related institutes of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, The University of Tokyo, University of Tsukuba, and NIES will be invited to give presentations in the workshop. In addition, stakeholders of international programs such as Future Earth and Global Land Programme will also be invited to give presentations on their outcomes.