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World Scientists to Gather for Desertification Conference

Scientists are gathering in southern Israel next month for the International Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD) Conference.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 10/11/2012, 11:58 AM

Bedouin living in northern Negev wadi
Bedouin living in northern Negev wadi
Israel news photo: Hana Levi Julian

Scientists from around the world will arrive in southern Israel next month for the International Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD) Conference.

The fourth such convention to be held by Ben Gurion University of the Negev has now become known for its presentation of groundbreaking research and solutions in the field of sustainable drylands and desert living.


More than 400 participants from at least 60 countries are expected to attend the event, which has become an important global gathering place for those concerned about land degradation in the drylands, and their sustainable use and development.

Leading ecologists and environmental advocates will be among the speakers, as well as world-renowned Israeli experts based at BGU's Jacob Blaustein Institutes of Desert Research.

The program combines plenary lectures and panels, parallel sessions, workshops, field trips and social events, and will present local case studies along with success stories from around the world.

Among the field trips with local and international experts will be a focus on desert architecture in the Negev, Project Wadi Attir, afforestation, ecological tourism, hydrology challenges in drylands, agriculture in drylands and environmental education.

For more information and a full program, click here.