International Symposium on
Drylands Ecology and Human Security

القدوة الحسنة خير من النصيحة
Leading by example is better
 than giving an advice”

Plenary Lectures

ISDEHS will feature several plenary lectures
by leading international experts.  They will present their views, policy, philosophy and recommendations.
Our confirmed speakers are all volunteers and therefore  “Leading by example” :-)

Sustainable Agricultural Management of Drylands
Prof. Dr. Ali Chafai Elalaoui
Head, Agronomy Department
National School of Agriculture, Morocco

Islam, Education and Environmental Ethics:
Traditional Responses to Contemporary Challenges in Drylands Ecosystems

Prof. Dr. Yahya Hassan Bajwa

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts - FHZ, Luzern, Switzerland

The value of water-
Integrated Water Resources Management in Drylands

Prof. Dr. Armin Rieser
Institute of Agricultural Water Engineering and Land Improvement,
University of Bonn, Germany
Currently Visiting Professor: University of Jordan, Amman

Dryland Degradation in Saudi Arabia –
A Long Story, Possible Solutions and Basic Problems

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Barth
University of Heidelberg, Germany

Operationalizing Sustainabilty in Arid Regions through Adaptive Planning
Prof. Dr. Jerry Kolo
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University, United States
Currently Visiting Professor: American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

An Institutional and Legislative Approach
to Promoting Sustainable Holistic Development and Human Security

Dr. Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua
Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

Conserving Biological and Cultural Diversity in Drylands -
Best Practice Examples from East Africa and South America

Prof. Dr. Rainer W. Bussmann
University of Texas, Austin, United States

Drought Management: Strategies and Policy Implications (Tentative Title)
Prof. Dr. Ezatollah KaramiICARDA Logo
College of Agriculture, Shiraz University, Iran

The Challenge of Water Scarcity for Agriculture in the Dry Areas
Prof.  Dr.  Mohan C. Saxena
Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, Japan  

Influence of Human Activity on Dune Fields Development in Southern Morocco
Prof. Dr. Andrzej Barczuk
Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology, Warsaw University, Poland

Detection of Hydrologic Changes
Prof. Dr. S. Saied Eslamian
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Princeton University, United StatesClick here for further information on IMPETUS

An Integrated Approach to the Efficient Management of Scarce Freshwater Resources in Northwest and West Africa:
The IMPETUS-Project

Prof. Dr. Peter Speth
Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology, University of Cologne, Germany

Human Vulnerability in Drylands -
The Socioeconomic Downstream Impact of Large Dams:
A Case Study from an Evaluation of Flooding Risks in the Benue River Basin
Prof. Dr. Michel Tchotsoua
University of Ngaoundéré, Cameroon

A Direct and Indirect Impact of Tourism Industry on Drylands:
An Example of Southern Tunisia

Dr. Anna Dluzewska
Dean on Tourism Department SWPR, Warsaw, Poland

Application of NOAA-AVHRR NDVI and Rainfall Time-Series to Assess
Desertification in Central Asia

Prof. Dr. Martin Kappas

Head, Cartography, GIS & Remote Sensing Department., University of Göttingen, Germany

Water Resources of Georgia and Modeling of Water Pollution in Dry Regions of Georgia (Tentative Title)
Prof. Dr. Teimuraz Davitashvili
I. Vekua Institute of Applied Mathematics, Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable
Water Resource Management in Drylands

Dr. Abu Muhammad Shajaat Ali
Department of Social Sciences, University of Texas, United States

Integrated Crop Production Technologies for Dryland Agriculture
Dr. R. Raman
Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, India


We were sadly not able to any volunteers from the GCC, however we are still trying our best to not have yet another event in the Gulf without local participation.

For all those that did not make it into the Plenary Lecture:

Please accept our apologies – however there will be a future ISDEHS icon_smiley_bgcolor01
where we will offer more options for interested professors.













Keynote Speakers

ISDEHS 2006 will feature 6
Keynote Speakers from government, international organizations, key projects or distinctive leaders.

Click here to learn more about GTZ :- )
in the Gulf Region

Regional Priority Program: Water (confirmed)
More Info will follow soon ...


Click here to learn more and see the GM website :- )

The GM has recently developed its "Consolidated Strategy and Enhanced Approach (CSEA)" that outlines the GM vision to support countries in mobilizing resources for the implementation of the UNCCD. The CSEA was presented in Nairobi in October 2005 and was endorsed by COP7 of the UNCCD. This keynote lecture will focus on the introduction of the GM’s approach to resource mobilization in response to the changing resource allocation environment, particularly at the national level.
More info will follow ....


Reserved for     USGS

Reserved for    UNESCO

Click here for further info on GEWEX!

Use of Earth Observation
in Climate Change Prediction
and Seasonal Forecasting
for Dryland Regions of the World: A WCRP-GEWEX Perspective

presented by
Dr. ir. Peter J. van Oevelen
European GEWEX
Coordinator Land Surface Unit
European Space Agency -
European Space Research & Technology Centre,
The Netherlands


Click here to go to the Watermark Initiative website :- )

"Water poverty is at the core of poor health, unsustainable agriculture, rampant illiteracy and economic stagnation. Safe and sufficient water and sanitation are now recognized as basic human rights."

Read more by downloading your Watermark Initiative Brochure in PDF   


For further information please contact us at:



Due to scarce funding for this first event of our upcoming symposium series, we were relying on plenary lecturers, keynote speakers and session convenors that would make a voluntary effort and thus take our ideology based on the idea of establishing dialogue between our different cultures to solve environmental problems and development issues seriously.

In other words – we were looking for those that are like us “ready to make a difference!” and we found them from everywhere around the globe.

The NDRD team would like to point out once again this pro bono effort and  express our highest appreciation to all those numerous volunteers :- )

In return we will offer Arab hospitality, a friendly atmosphere as a platform for in depth exchange of concepts, scientific excellence with proceedings in English and Arabic and will make sure that this will be a most memorable event for everyone!
We look forward to seeing you in Dubai!


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Our event will be supported by the 
City of Bonn - Germany’s United Nations City”
The Mayor of Bonn, Bärbel Dieckmann, also serves as the patroness of the German actions in recognition of the United Nations International Year of Drought and Desertification (IYDD)



Gold Sponsor

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

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