The International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC), an autonomous non -governmental non-profit organization established in 1978 by the individuals and institutions interested in and concerned about the sustainable development of dry areas, is promoting all aspects of dryland studies by fostering cooperation, collaboration and networking between various international, regional and national organizations.
One of the important modus operandi of the networking of IDDC has been to hold a major scientific conference at periodic intervals to provide the opportunity to participants from around the world to exchange research results and experiences in dryland development and combating desertification. So far twelve such conferences have been organized in last 40 years, in countries which have large areas under drylands.
The 13th International Conference on Dryland Development, with the theme "Converting Dryland Areas from Grey into Green", is being therefore organized by IDDC, from 11-14 February 2019, in collaboration with CAZRI and AZRAI, at Jodhpur, India with an objective to share technical knowledge and innovations emerging from recent research and development efforts of various institutions and organizations around the world.
This will help to prepare a roadmap for sustainable development of drylands areas in the face of changing climates and contribute to achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) agreed to by the global community.