The IALC facilitates collaborative research and practical application of new knowledge, particularly in the Middle East, through the development of sustainable agricultural and natural resources practices. The IALC is dedicated to exploring problems and solutions that improve the lives of people living in the arid and semiarid regions of the world. These regions cover one-third of the Earth’s surface and support more than one-fifth of the world’s population.
Using a scientific peer-review process, the IALC has provided $11.8 million to fund 91 research projects; 30 demonstration projects, and 11 special initiatives (e.g., conferences, symposia, workshops, technical training, and other projects) in eight countries to date. Selected project topics: conservation (30); water quality (28); irrigation (25); GIS & remote sensing (24); ecology (23); agriculture (20); wildlife management (18); rangeland management (15); wastewater (14); biodiversity (13). These projects resulted in numerous publications and scientific reports. In addition, the IALC managed the seven-year project: “Sustainable Development of Drylands in Asia and the Middle East” through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development.