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Expert NameDr. Riccardo Biancalani
TitleTechnical Officer
DivisionLand degradation, FAO
Emailrbiancalani(at); riccardo.biancalani(at)
Work ExperienceAfter working several years in Africa and south America in development projects mostly based on natural resources management, since 2000 works at FAO on land resources inventories, assessment and land use planning. In particular working as technical advisor to the LADA project on the development of the methodology for assessing land degradation and sustainable land management. He has contributed to the development of the methodology at global, national and local level of assessment, participating in various meetings and workshop and coordinating the six national teams that participated in the LADA program. He provided guidance, training and technical advisory to partner countries and regional organizations, contributing to the analysis and processing of data and information on land resources. He provided key input in the realization of the first comprehensive global information system on land degradation (GLADIS) He participated in various meetings of UNCCD COP CRIC, CST. From 2010- 2011 participated in the meetings of the scientific panel for the implementation of the UNCCD impact indicators, which presented its work at COP10. He has been member of the organizing and scientific committees of the international conference on “advanced scientific tools for desertification policy” held at IFAD, Rome, in September 2010. Since 2012, works on the assessment of GHG emissions from degraded peatlands, in the context of the mitigation program of FAO.
QualificationsMD (Laurea),Tropical and subtropical agriculture,University of Florence, Italy,1988 Post-graduate specialization,Problems of irrigated agriculture in arid and semiarid regions of developing countries,Agronomic Oversees Institute Florence Italy, 1989. Post-graduate specialization,Agricultural policy analysis,Imperial College Univ. of London UK (Ext. Progr.), 2000
Number of Publications11
Other ActivitiesMember of the Italian Association of Pedologists Included in the roster of experts of the European Commission or agriculture and rural development since 1997;
Publications1) F.N. Tubiello, M. Salvatore, R.D. Cóndor Golec, A. Ferrara, S. Rossi, R. Biancalani, S. Federici, H. Jacobs, A. Flammini (2014): Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Emissions by Sources and Removals by Sinks - 1990 – 2011 Analysis. at: 2) Zucca, C., Biancalani, R., Kapur, S., Akça, E., Zdruli, P., Montanarella, L. and Nachtergaele, F. (2014): The role of soil information in Land Degradation and Desertification mapping - a review. In: Kapur S and Ersahin S. Soil Security for Ecosystem Management. Mediterranean Soil Ecosystems 1, The Springer Briefs 3) Biancalani, M. Petri, S.E. Bunning, M Salvatore, F. N. Tubiello (2012) : The use of soil organic carbon as an indicator of soil degradation. Energia, Ambiente e Innovazione, 4/2012, Rome at: 4) H.P. Liniger, G. Van Lynden, R. Biancalani, L. Lindeque, D.S. Ndiaye, G. Schwilch (2013): Assessing and Mapping LD and SLM to Directly Support the Planning and Scaling Up of SLM Interventions to Combat Desertification. Extended abstract for the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference, Bonn 5) F.O. Nachtergaele, M. Petri, & R. Biancalani, (2011). Land Degradation. In: Lal, R. & Stewart, B.A., World Soil Resources and Food Security Advances in Soil Sciences, Taylor and Francis, CRC Press – 574 pages. at: ://
DisciplineLand Use Planning
Last updated09/05/2014 17:30:00

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