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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to host
Date:12/3/2008

olar energy, conservation, sustainable desert agriculture, desalination and the role of gender in desertification.

According to the chairman of the organizing committee, Dr. Alon Tal, who is a professor of environmental policy at BGU, "this conference will be nearly twice as large as the first held here in 2006. The notion of a professional conference whose participants were quite heterogeneous was considered anomalous at the first gathering, but proved to be a particularly interesting forum during which scientists mix with farmers and bureaucrats to share their experiences. The event will not only be the largest international conference ever held in Israel about an environmental topic, but probably the largest international academic forum ever on desertification."

Each of the four days of the conference focuses on a specific theme:

  • Day 1: Life and Soil Degradation in the Drylands, including causes and consequences of soil damages.
  • Day 2: Vegetation's Role in Sustainable Dryland Living, including chemical induction, land restoration and soil and water management.
  • Day 3: Field Trips to Negev Desert Sites
  • Day 4: The Human Dimensions- Policies and Partnerships to Combat Desertification, including modern education and strategies.


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Contact: Andrew Lavin
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516-353-2505
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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