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International Workshop on Arid Lands Management: Towards Ecological Sustainability

Initiative Number: 93R - RAC
Initiative Duration: 1 year
Dates: May 1, 1993 to April 30, 1994


Michael E. Irwin, (PD), Illinois Natural History Survey, 607 Peabody Dr., The University of Illinois, Champaign IL 61820, USA; Tel: +1 (217) 333-1963, Fax: +1 (217) 333-6784, Email:

International Arid Lands Consortium, 1955 E. 6th St., Tucson AZ 85719, USA

Final Report Abstract

The workshop "Arid Lands Management: Towards Ecological Sustainability" was held 19 - 24 June 1994 in Jerusalem and at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sde Boker Campus. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign spearheaded the organization of this IALC-sponsored international workshop, which was hosted by the JNF in Israel.

The workshop was designed to establish benchmark evaluations of desertification work being conducted around the world and to create systems whereby access to that research can be improved.

Representatives came to the workshop from 17 different nations including China, India, Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Spain, France, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Australia, the United States, and Israel. An approximate participation of 250 persons included government officials, scientists, land managers, university professors, and media representatives.



Hoekstra, T.W. and M. Shachak, eds. 1999. Arid lands management: Toward ecological sustainability. Urbana, Illinois, The University of Illinois Press. Urbana IL.


Support for this initiative came from the USDA Forest Service.