Agenda

Day 1–Water and agriculture
24 May 2021
11:00-14:00 EDT

Opening Keynote:

  • HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Jordan

Panelists:

  • Hazim El Naser, Chairman and Founder of the Middle East Water Forum, Jordan
  • Nizar Haddad, Director, National Agricultural Research Center, Jordan
  • Uri Shani, Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 
  • Anne Castle, Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, University of Colorado Law School, USA

Moderator:

  • Sharon Megdal, Director, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, USA
    assisted by
    Manoj Shukla, Professor, New Mexico State University, USA

Day 2–Land and natural environment
25 May 2021
11:00-14:00 EDT

Keynote:

  • Alon Tal, Chair of the Department of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University, Israel 

Panelists:

  • Eid Tarazi, Professor of Geophysics, Prince Al Hassan Bin Talal Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Hashemite University, Jordan
  • Moshe Shachak, Professor Emeritus, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • UNCCD invited, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
  • Maryam Niamir-Fuller, private consultant, former Director of Global Environment Facility, United Nations Environment Programme, USA

Moderator:

  • Benjamin Turner, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, USA
    assisted by
    Charles Hutchinson, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, USA

Day 3–Forests and fire management
26 May 2021
11:00-14:00 EDT

Keynote:

  • USFS Chief–invited               

Panelists:

  • Alaa Wahbeh, Head of Climate Change and Drought Monitoring Department, National Center for Agricultural Research, Jordan
  • Omri Boneh, Northern District Manager, KKL-JNF, Israel 
  • Dan Yakir, Dept. Earth & Planetary Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Don Falk, Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona, USA

Moderator:

  • Alan Gertler, Research Professor, Desert Research Institute, USA
    assisted by
    Barbara Hutchinson, Director of Rangelands Partnership Initiative, University of Arizona, USA