12th International Conference on “Sustainable Development of Drylands in the Post 2015 World
12th International Conference on Sustainable Development of Drylands in the Post 2015 World was held from 21-24 August, 2016 in Alexandria, Egypt. The Conference was jointly organized by International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC) and hosted by Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt, Co-sponsored by Ain Shams University, Egypt (ALARI), ALRC (Japan), ICARDA, CAREEI (CAS, China) CIHEAM, JICA (Japan) JIRCAS (JAPAN) and supported by IFAD, FAO, COMSTECH, SHOURA Foundation and ECOSF.
Over 250 national and international scientists and experts, from all over the world, took part in the conference. An esteemed group of scientists and researchers from universities and academic research institutions in Egypt also participated in the conference. The researchers presented scientific researches that serve the cause of developing drylands and aimed to raising of the standards of living of more than 2.5 billion residents of drylands worldwide. The conference tackled issues concerning land degradation and desertification, sustaining biodiversity at drylands, developing communities at drylands, reducing poverty levels, providing job opportunities, and new and renewable energy. In Addition, several topics concerning the sustainable development of drylands, including applying new technology to raise crop efficiency in coping with dehydration and high temperatures, as well as the problems of the agricultural management of drylands were discussed.
President ECOSF participated in the conference. He spoke in the opening, participated as panelist in a panel discussion and made a PowerPoint presentation on linking IBSE at schools in dry-land areas for Sustainable Dryland Development. It is pertinent to mention that the ECO countries have large areas of drylands.