CARI has been working on behalf of the populations in arid areas, in particular in Africa, since 1998. It implements agricultural development projects which purposes at improving food security for local populations using methods that take into consideration both environmental concerns and the need to make a profit. Today, eight countries of the Sahel and Maghreb directly benefit from CARIs activities.


  • Creation of CARI in Viols le Fort (France), a new challenge
  • CARI is accredited by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)


  • Launch of a project to support agroecological practices in Tin Zawaten (North Mali)


  • The creation and operation of the Mediterranean branch of the Water Solidarity Programme (pS-eau)
  • Creation and leadership of the Desertification Work Group (France)


  • Creation and leadership of the Associative Network of Sustainable Development of Oases (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania)
  • Creation and coordination of the Mediterranean Prize for water at the Hydrotop show
  • Initiation of training course on agroecology (Sao Tomé, New Caledonia, Morocco, Tunisia…)


  • The "call of the oases" brought by CARI to the Earth summit in Johannesburg (South Africa)


  • Publication of the “Benchmarks for understanding and acting” on the combat against desertification
  • Collaborative production of an almanac “Living in arid lands” with Tuareg children


  • CARI co-editor  of the French strategy for combating desertification, in collaboration with public authorities


  • Coordination of the agroecology section in the National Programme for  Safeguarding Oases in Morocco
  • Organisation of 1st international Desertif'action meeting in Montpellier (56 countries represented)


  • CARI  co-founder of Drynet (network representing 18 countries)
  • CARI  partner in the DESIRE European research project on desertification


  • End of the agroecology project in Tin Zawaten
  • Initiative project for safeguarding the oasis heritage in Tunisia


  • Support for the creation of an institutional panel of civil society organisations in the UNCCD COP 9, chaired by Patrice Burger (Director of the CARI)
  • RADDO Coordination


  • Creation and coordination of ReSaD, Sahel  desertification Network (Burkina Faso, France, Mali, Niger)


  • End of the national Morocco oasis project
  • Patrice Burger designated as representative of civil society to respond to questions on desertification at the General Assembly of the United Nations


  • Organisation of the "Drylands and oases" area at the 6th World Forum of water in Marseilles
  • Organisation, within the framework of the ReSaD, of the 1st international meeting of civil society on the IGMVSS (Burkina Faso)


  • CARI holds presidency of Drynet. For this reason, it was invited to advocate in plenary session at the European Commission
  • Alongside RADDO, CARI organises the 1st international meeting of the oases (Tunisia)
  • Creation of an educational pack on the theme of oases : exhibition, collaborative card game, videos "It's not rocket science"
  • Project launch for agroecological practices in Jorf (Morocco)


  • Civil society represented by CARI (Patrice Burger)on  the Board of Directors of the Observatory of the Sahara and Sahel, OSS (Tunisia)
  • CARI is accredited by the Convention to Combat Climate Change


  • Organisation of the 2nd edition of Desertif'actions in Montpellier (57 countries represented, 10,000 people reached)
  • Organisation of an international cartoon competition on "Earth and climate" (20 countries represented)
  • Coordination of the regional component of the Fleuve project (Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Senegal)


  • Creation of an on-line resource centre for the combat against desertification


  • CARI launches its new associative project

The history of CARI has been marked in particular by the successive presidencies of Françoise Boutonnet (1998-2002), Hubert Gavoty (2002-2006), Gérard Garcia (2006-2012), and Alain Leplaideur (2012-2017)

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