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Posted on on July 8th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (

Professor Uriel Safriel of the Center for Environmental Conventions, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Sede Boqer Campus, Israel – said June 2012 at the Rio Convention in talks about FEED THE WORLD AND PROTECT THE PLANET, that The three Rio Conventions are expected to Jointly protect the ENVIRONMENT So it can support the other two pillars Of sustainable development – The ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PILLARS.

Protecting the Land from Degradation is major part of the effort to feed the World.

Rio 1992 – by establishing the three Conventions dealing basically with topics – on Climate, Biodiversity, and Desertification Avoidance – has created a backdrop for the environment so it forms a solid pillar to help the tripod on which was planned to seat Planet Earth in our pedicure efforts of Sustainable Development.

The three Conventions provided an opportunity for Synergism between them and as the developing countries were demanding, when built into environment theory and practice – will thus enable us all to talk productively about the Social and Economic Pillars of Sustainability.

The Conventions are thus critical to achieve development and poverty eradication.

On Sede Boqer Campus, The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel is running a series of conferences, every other year, started in 2006 – A Conference on the Challenges and the Potential of Developing Arid Lands, Sede Boqer, Israel, November 6-9, 2006.

The Second International Conference – “The Drylands, Deserts, and Desertification Conferences” was  December 14-17, 2008.

In 2010 there was The Third International Conference on Drylands, Deserts, and Desertification at The Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Sede Boqer, Israel – November 8-11, 2010. That ended up with:

This year there will be the fourth conference in the series – and it will be a post-RIO+20 Conference:

Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: Implementing Rio+20 for Drylands and Desertification – 12-15 November 2012.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Israel Eliashiv,  is involved in policy issues at the University and in following changes at the UN.

The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, along with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, are orgainzing the Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD). This conference will gather scientists, field workers, industry representatives, government workers, civil society organizations, international development aid agencies and other stakeholders from over 60 countries to discuss issues related to land degradation in the drylands, and their sustainable use and development. The 2012 conference will focus on the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will consider the science required for implementing the UNCSD’s recommendations relevant to drylands and desertification. Local case studies will be highlighted alongside success stories from around the world with an emphasis on indicators of progress. Additional sessions will be held considering a broad range of topics associated with sustainable living in the drylands and the means to address desertification, as well as achieving the target of zero net rate of land degradation. Registration opens on 1 April and the abstract submission deadline is 17 June.

dates: 12-15 November 2012   venue: Sede Boqer campus of Ben Gurion University   location: Israel   additional: Sede Boqer   contact: Dorit Korine, Conference Coordinator   phone: +972 (8) 659 6781   fax: +972 (8) 659 6772  e-mail: www:


Further, we think appropriate to mention that while the Israelis are working on Arid and Semi-Arid Lands policy, they in effect are very much involved in disseminating technologies that Israel developed years ago and continues to develop today.

China is a ready made customer, as Africa was in past years.

Our web-site has followed Mr. Raanan Katzir in projects he did in various parts of the World – and today he is focused on China. We just updated the posting about him as we got an inquiry from Africa, and we realized that we neglected for a while the management of dry lands.

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