The UAL leads a science in action project in arid zones
July 1, 2022

It has carried out in Rodalquilar a dissemination activity derived from the XPaths Project ‘Science in action: paths towards the Sustainable Development Goals at different scales in arid zones’. This is one of the five workshops scheduled to delve into the sustainable development of these areas. With the aim of contributing to a better understanding of how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the semi-arid areas of Spain, the University of Almería has launched a program of five workshops framed in the XPaths Project ‘Science in action: paths towards Sustainable Development Goals at different scales in arid zones’.

This project is coordinated by Antonio J. Castro, professor and researcher at the Andalusian Center for the Evaluation and Monitoring of Global Change (CAESCG) of the University of Almería, in collaboration with the Stockholm Resilience Center (Sweden) and other universities and centers research from Brazil and Senegal. XPaths is funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (FORMAS).

The objective of XPAths is to contribute to a better understanding of how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the semi-arid areas of Spain. To achieve this goal, comparative studies are being carried out in arid regions of Spain, Brazil and Senegal. Likewise, the project aims to provide a common roadmap at the local and regional level, including tangible actions to advance in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

For its development, in 2022, 5 collective work workshops will be held with experienced people in different sectors and areas. The objective is to collectively reflect on the aspirations and visions of the future for the different areas of the Spanish semi-arid region in terms of sustainability, to explore the current concerns and problems of the region and to collectively design integrating strategies that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the framework of the 2030 Agenda.

Three of the workshops will take place in the province of Almería and two in the Region of Murcia. The first of them began this Thursday in Rodalquilar. The vice-rector for Research of the University of Almería, Diego Valera, was present at its inauguration, expressing his wish that “these workshops be of interest to researchers, managers, representatives of different sectors (agriculture, education, tourism, etc.) and have the participation to advance collectively in the consequence of the United Nations 2030 Agenda”.

The vice-rector explained that the UAL research team “is working on the development and application of innovative transdisciplinary methodological approaches aimed mainly at obtaining a better understanding of the ability of study systems to promote transformation towards sustainability, and to create coalitions with local and regional agents to facilitate dialogues on how the Sustainable Development Goals could be implemented in the semi-arid regions of Spain and collectively design action plans that help achieve these Sustainable Development Goals in these areas”.

Finally, Diego Valera highlighted that “the results of XPaths will contribute to a better understanding of how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of the planet’s arid regions, analyzing the similarities and differences between the case studies to identify barriers and points of influence to intervene in systems. The ultimate objective is to support the transformation of semi-arid areas towards sustainable development models that guarantee the well-being of local populations in the long term”.

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