With the international participation of speakers from France, the United States, Morocco, Argentina and Mexico, the event "Observing together the desert from multiple views" took place in the Biosphere of Mapimi to plan in a transdisiciplinary manner the project entitled "Participatory Observatories for the protection of the natural and cultural diversity of Mexican arid lands" directed by Dra. Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald in collaboration with members of the academic committee. The event had the following main objectives: 1. Learn, plan and develop the participatory observatory scheme in a collaborative multi-sectoral manner with different stakeholders. And 2. Collectively generate a transdisciplinary platform for the protection of the biological and cultural diversity in socio-ecological systems of Mexican arid lands.