12th International Dryland Development Conference
“Sustainable Development of Drylands in the Post 2015 World”
August 21-24, 2016
The 12th International Dryland Development Conference with the theme “Sustainable Development of Drylands in the Post 2015 World” was held from 21 to 24 August 2016 in the Alexandria Library, Alexandria, Egypt. It was co-sponsored by the Arid Land Agricultural Graduate Studies & Research Institute (ALARI), Egypt, Arid Land Research Centre (ALRC), Japan, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM), Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAREERI), China, the Agricultural Research Center (ARC), Egypt, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), JIRCAS (Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Research), and Desert Research Center (DRC), Egypt. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Commission on Science & Technology (COMSTECH), ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), and other international and national organizations supported the Conference.
Themes of the Conference:
- Application of new technologies for the improvement of stress (drought, heat, cold and salinity) resistance of crops for dry areas.
- Sustainable management of scarce water resources.
- Agronomic and crop improvement interventions for sustainably enhancing agricultural productivity of small-holder farmers in dry areas.
- Soil health and land use constraints for agricultural productivity in dry areas and their management.
- Soil erosion and desertification processes and control.
- Biodiversity conservation, and prevention of deforestation.
- Sustainable management of productivity of rangeland and livestock in dry areas.
- Arid lands communities, their indigenous knowledge and heritage, and socio-economic studies. Poverty alleviation, creation of job opportunities and minimizing outmigration.
- Renewable energy resources (wind, solar, biogas) for sustainable arid land community settlement.
There were six plenary sessions, three specialized group sessions, and eleven concurrent sessions on nine themes. The Conference was attended by 201 participants from 25 different countries.
Prof. Abdel El-Beltagy
Chair of the International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC)
Egyptian Academy of the Scientific Research & Technology
IDDC Secretariat, 19 Aboul Feda St., Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt