The Argentine Dryland Research Institute (IADIZA) is an Executive Unit of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and is part of the Mendoza Center for Science and Technology (CCT Mendoza). With over 40 years of life, IADIZA is a tripartite institution established by agreement between CONICET, the National University of Cuyo and the Government of Mendoza.
The activities developed at IADIZA seek to conduct scientific research on the structure and functioning of dryland ecosystems, and on this basis promote the bonds with society. In this respect, it is important to highlight, in addition to the production of specialized scientific literature, the development of technologies for conservation and sustainable use of ecological systems, transfer and diffusion of knowledge, building of human resources and teaching.
IADIZA develops and curates various biological collections which are representative of dryland resources, and manages a protected area, a range experimental station and an environmental network of weather stations.
One of the dimensions of IADIZA’s activities is its connection with the Government of Mendoza Province. The mandate given by the provincial legislation has allowed the Institute to actively participate in designing public policies and assist in the planning and management of drylands at different levels of territoriality. Specifically, this task involves transferring scientific and technical tools to government agencies with competence in the creation, management and development of protected areas as well as in environmental issues inherent to Mendoza’s arid ecosystems.
Owing to its multi- and interdisciplinary nature, IADIZA has become a reference for research and development of different branches of science, promoting the knowledge and sustainability of drylands and responding to the demands and problems of local, national and international environments.
Prof. Elena María Abraham – Director
Dr. Silvia Puig – Deputy Director