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Drylands zones are limited by soil moisture, the result of low rainfall and high evaporation, and show a gradient of increasing primary productivity, ranging from hyper-arid, arid, and semiarid to dry subhumid areas. 

(Milennium ecossystem, 2005).

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About Us

The International Network on Limnology of Drylands (INLD) was created to understand the functioning and conservation status of aquatic ecosystems in drylands globally.


The proposed International Network on Limnology of Drylands is to be a network engaged in promoting the construction of macro-scale projects designed to obtain an understanding of the functioning and conservation patterns of aquatic ecosystems in international dry regions through the multidisciplinary integration of research, research groups and researchers of such regions.

Who we are?

Members are researchers associated to the network and committed to its development and to scientific research associated to the network. The role of the members embraces participation in, and co-management of local experiments and research activities that lie within the sphere of INLD objectives, committing themselves to input the data they generate to the network database and to involve themselves in projects and the joint production of manuscripts with other network members. 


Our objective is promote the large scale, multidisciplinary projects shaped around international collaboration and the conservation of the temporary habitats across the world.


The INLD was discussed for the first time during the Symposium of Brazilian Semiarid Limnology, held in Areia (Paraíba state, Brazil) in 2016.

Next meetings:

- Special Session in Shallow lakes Conference: Ecology of temporary ecosystems

-SIL Congress:


Advances in limnological research in Earth's drylands, the main role of INLD


Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development


Last publications to date

INLD Working group


The INLD Network and SIL Working Group Limnology of Drylands was discussed for the first time during the I Symposium of Brazilian Semiarid Limnology, held in Areia (Paraíba state, Brazil) in 2016, by the Luciana Barbosa initiative. Among the main objectives, to encourage cooperation among multidisciplinary researchers interested in investigating environmental issues in aquatic ecosystems in the world's drylands. Among the main perspectives, the effects of climate change and human stressors.



Since the Convention on Wetlands, signed in 1971 in Ramsar (Iran), the conservation and sustainable use of temporary waters has been attracting attention by mean of national actions and international cooperation. Environmental changes, driven either by natural or anthropogenic disturbances, have been threating the biodiversity of innumerable intermittent and ephemeral aquatic systems around the world such as swamps, rock pools, wetland ponds, lakes, reservoirs, streams, rivers, saltwater ponds, estuaries, and shallow coastal waters in drylands.

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