Recently at the plenary session of DesertNet International (DNI) held in Paris, Wang Fei, director of youth working committee of the China Soil and Water Conservation Society and a researcher with the Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, was elected 2017-2018 Co-Chair of the DNI Council.
As a member of DNI Executive Board since 2011, Wang Fei has been actively involved in its various research and organizational activities. He has participated in many EU projects and engaged in evaluation and nomination work of experiences of soil and water conservation and desertification prevention in China and other parts of the world. He has also been involved in reviewing and drafting reports of UN Environment Programm (UNEP), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), among others. He has made positive contributions to DNI and desertification research.
In recent years, with the continuous improvement of scientific and technological strength, the number of Chinese scientists elected or assigned to leading positions in international organizations has been increasing. By the end of 2016, there are nearly 200 scientists nominated by CAST and its affiliated societies have been elected to important positions such as executive board members and higher in many international non-governmental organizations. That reflects the increased influence of the Chinese scientists in international scientific community and will help lay a solid foundation for building China into a the world science and technology powerhouse.
DesertNet International (DNI), which was formerly known as the European DesertNet (EDN), adopted its present name and officially registered in France in 2009, with 344 members from 52 countries. DNI is closely linked to the Council of European Union, Ministers and Development Agencies and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It is an academic exchanges platform for international desertification research and also a think-tank to communicate with stakeholders and decision-makers to identify the most basic consensus on desertification control, and carry out knowledge evaluation for them.