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Wageningen University

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Wageningen University (WU) is a leading university in Life Sciences focusing on agricultural and environmental education and research and is, according to the NTU Agriculture Ranking 2013, ranked the number one university in agricultural sciences in the world. WU is part of the Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), comprising several strategic research institutions focusing on applied research. WU is, amongst others, partner in the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER), the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the World Water Council (WWC), the Global Water Partnership (GWP), and Climate Change and Biosphere (CCB).

The Soil Physics and Land Management (SLM) Group of Wageningen University focuses on: i) flow and transport processes in soil systems and surrounding water bodies, ii) interactions between soil, water and plants, and iii) land use and management with regard to ecosystem degradation, and the design and economic impact assessment of technologies for soil and water conservation and restoration. The SLM group has long-term experience in areas affected by different forms of soil and water degradation in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and in Europe. SLM coordinated and participated in a range of EU-funded projects focusing on soil, water and agricultural land management related topics, including EROAHI, WEELS, WAHIA, AWACAD, OLIVERO, DESIRE, WAHARA, CASCADE and RECARE.

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Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708PB Wageningen
The Netherlands

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Prof. dr. Coen Ritsema
Project Coordinator

Tel: +31 317 486517
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Coordinating large inter-national research projects; soil physicist and hydrologist, fundamental and applied research related to droughts, water scarcity, degradation and desertification


Dr. Violette Geissen
Project Coordination Team

Tel: + 31 317 485144
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Senior Scientist in Soil physics and Land use; Associate professor in the Soil and Land Mangement Group of WU