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Past Events

International Symposium on Drylands Ecology and Human Security




One of NDRDs declared objectives is to organize regional and international cooperation and promote communication among those engaged in drylands research and sustainable development. In order to further the attainment of this mandate we will therefore coordinate activities of mutual interest to drylands research, including international and regional scientific conferences, symposia, workshops, etc.
We aim to organize events at least every two years to provide forums for formal and informal exchange of the concepts, methods and directions that move drylands issues forward in policy debate and research.


For more information on our first event - as an initiative in recognition of the “United Nations International Year of Deserts and Desertification"

Perspectives, Policy Responses and Sustainable Development in the Arab Region - Challenges and Opportunities, Dubai, December 4-7, 2006 

NDRD Recommends

Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz
International Prize for Water

On 21 October 2002, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz –
Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General – announced in Riyadh that nominations were being
accepted for a new global Prize to be awarded biannually:
 the "Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water".

The Prize aims to give recognition to the efforts that scientists, inventors,
and organizations around the globe are making in water-related fields.
The Prize is established to acknowledge exceptional and innovative
scientific work which contributes to the sustainable availability of
potable water and the alleviation of water scarcity, particularly in arid regions.

For more detailed information about the price,
download the brochure in PDF format.


The trouble with Oman?!

Apparently there are two upcoming events in the beautiful picturesque Sultanate of Oman, however NDRD was not informed and we could not find a website with further information:

(1) International Conference on Management of Soil and Groundwater Salinization in Arid Regions: Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat,  January 11-14, 2010
We found a flyer on SCIENCEDEV (???) for you       PDF Doc
(2) WSTA 9th Gulf Water Conference
Water Sustainability in the GCC Countries
Muscat, Oman, 22 to 25 March 2010
We highly recommend this event, but there is no further information

If you are interested contact the Chair of the Scientific Committee in Bahrain please:
Prof. Dr. Waleed K. Al-Zubari


Upcoming Events


Climate Change and Security
250th anniversary conference organized for the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters
21-24 June, 2010, Trondheim, Norway

Abstract submission Deadline:
31 August 2009

The Second DIVERSITAS Open Science Conference on "Biodiversity and Society: understanding connections, adapting to change"
13th -16th October 2009
Cape Town, South Africa.



Siwa 2009

Alexandria University
Faculty of Arts, Damanhour Campus
2nd International Symposium & Field Workshop
on Living with Landscapes
“Adaptation with Coasts and Arid Lands”
1-5 November 2009,
Marsa Matruh & Siwa. Egypt


GDC09: Responsibility--
Climate Change as Challenge for Intercultural Inquiry on Values
3 to 6 November, 2009
Aarhus University, Danmark


Climate Change, Social Stress and Violent Conflict
State of the Art and Research Needs

International Conference, KlimaCampus at Hamburg University,
19 - 20 November, 2009, Germany


'Earth System Governance: People, Places, and the Planet'

2009 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
Amsterdam, 2-4 December 2009


The 2010 International Conference on
Agricultural and Animal Science (CAAS 2010)
February 26-28, 2010,
NEC of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore