Addressing the Environmental Challenges of Arid Lands

The International Arid Lands Consortium
Virtual Conference

24-26 May 2021

Free to Attend; Preregistration Required

Conference Objective:

To commemorate its 30 years of collaboration on arid lands issues, the International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) is hosting a three-day international conference on arid lands.  Convened virtually on 24-26 May 2021, the conference will celebrate IALC collaborative research and demonstration projects and examine current and future challenges in IALC’s regions of focus.  A key goal of the conference is to underscore the value of the IALC mission: promoting peace through collaborative research and demonstration projects in the arid lands of the world.  Keynote presentations and panel discussions will emphasize the broader value of collaborative-multinational research and problem-solving to address issues that confront the sustainable use and management of arid lands globally.

Daily schedule: 8:00-11:00 PDT, 11:00-14:00 EDT, 18:00-21:00 Israel/Jordan

Day 1: Water and Agriculture

This session focuses on management of water for sustainable use in the agriculture, municipal and industrial sectors and by nature. 

Day 2: Land & Natural Environment

This session focuses on management of land for sustainable use and conservation.

Day 3: Forests & Fire

This session focuses on management of forests for sustainable use and conservation.


Conference Co-chairs: 

Sharon B. Megdal, Director, The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) 
Charles Hutchinson, Professor Emeritus, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, The University of Arizona

Honorary Chair:

Joseph Hess, retired government technical manager and international aerospace consultant responsible for transition of new technology into U.S. Space Program

Members of the Conference Committee:

Hakam Al Alami, Advisor to HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, Majis El Hassan on Water and Sanitation, Jordan
Alan Gertler, Research Professor, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute (DRI), USA
Barbara Hutchinson, semi-retired, Director of Rangelands Partnership Initiative, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, The University of Arizona, USA
Arnon Karnieli, Head of the Remote Sensing Laboratory, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boker Campus, Israel
Doron Markel, Chief Scientist, Keren Kayemeth Lelsrael-Jewish National Fund, Israel
Isam Mustafa, Acting President, National Center for Research and Development, Jordan
Manoj K Shukla, Director of ACES Global Programs and Aggies Go Global and Professor of Soil Physics in the College of Agriculture Consumer and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University, USA
Benjamin Turner, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, USA

Conference Manager

David Quanrud, Research Scientist, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, The University of Arizona, USA