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Global Drylands Center

The Global Drylands Center is directed by Osvaldo Sala, the Julie Ann Wrigley Chair in Life Sciences and Sustainability. The center brings together key actors of dryland stewardship to develop use-inspired research, training and solutions for arid ecosystems around the world. Uniquely situated in the middle of the vast drylands of North America, the center offers leadership in drylands discovery and education to ensure a sustainable future for drylands.

Drylands impact:

  • 50% of the world’s livestock
  • 35% of all terrestrial carbon fixation
  • 40% of the global terrestrial area
  • 30% of the world’s human population

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