Mission and Vision, Objectives



In September 2015, the United Nations proclaimed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) along with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development to transform the world. The UN members including Mexico committed to a common-action plan, in a wide and universal agenda of development policies. The 17 SDG cover a diverse range of themes and priorities for an integral development.

Our mission as Network is:

Coordinate inter and transdisciplinary studies in relation to the SDG and the PECiTL 2014-2018, initially prioritizing the following goals: SDG 13: “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”; SDG 14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”; SDG 15: “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”; SDG 17: “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development”.

Identify the regional, national and international nodes (interinstitutional and intersectoral) in Mexico, Latin-America and Africa. Furthermore, facilitate links between RISZA’s activities and international programs for the development of drylands such as FAO, IRC, ARIDnet, among others, thus contributing to the internationalization of research, innovation and sustainable development efforts.

Strengthen higher education related to new postgraduate programs for sustainable development. Furthermore, increase co-produced knowledge through collaborations among different sectors, thereby improving the capacity of action of all its members to accomplish the SDG.

Improve methods and technics of communication and knowledge transfer at the local, regional and national scale, and at the same time with the tripartite platform (Latin-American, North Africa and Europe) to enhance education, broadcasting and evaluation of RISZA’s initiatives.

Increase relevant co-produced knowledge necessary for public policy making targeted towards the sustainable development of dryland regions.


RISZA is focused on collectively generating knowledge centered on solutions, and the identification and implementation of actions for sustainable development in dryland regions, tackling the challenges associated with the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, climate change, desertification, and the lack of social development.

RISZA is promoting the consolidation of human resources and the production of beneficial services to the society (extension, innovation and disclosure).




Strengthen the development of co-produced knowledge among scientists, members of the public and private sectors, civil associations, and local communities to achieve the sustainable development goals.


Qualify and train human resources on sustainable development in dryland regions.


Broadcast and link the objectives and achievements of RISZA with the public sector and the overall society.