The Institute has stablished a firm link with the Egyptian Desert Research Center loacted (EDRC) at Matariyah, Egypt. This was done during a visit (2/11/2007 - 8/11/2007) sponsored by the Unesco Chair for Desertification, University of Khartoum. The team was headed by the Director of the Institute (Dr. Mubarak A. Abdalla), Regional co-ordinator of the Unesco Chair (Prof. Ibrahim Ayed), Co-ordinator of the Afforestation and Agroforestry Program (Prof. Salah Goda) and the Co-ordinator of the Training, Documentation and Publication Program (Dr. Eltayeb Haj Ali). During the visit, the team travelled to leran more about the activities of the center. In this context, the team, accompanied by Prof. Samy Afiah, visited three research stations located in Sinaa.