COMBATTING DESERTIFICATION GOOD PRACTICES WORKSHOP
"Exchange and proposals of Mediterranean NGOs"

8-10 July 1999,Midreshet Sde Boker, Negev (Israel)

Organized by: MED Forum, Mediterranean NGO Network for Ecology and Sustainable Development

With the support of: European Union, SPNI, The Negev Center for Regional Development, The Desert Research Institute, Negev Bar Kayama, Midreshet Sde-Boker

With the collaboration of: The Regional Council of Ramat Hanegev, The Negev Development Authority

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

THURSDAY, JULY 8:

09:30 - OPENING SESSION

Mr. Zohir Sekkal. President of MED Forum
Mr. Eytan Gdalizon. Director General. Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI)
Prof. Safriel Uriel. Director General. Desert Research Institute,
Mr. Bezalel Cohen. Midreshet Sde-Boker.

10:30 - AGENDA MED FORUM 2000: PROPOSALS FOR ACTION TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION

Mr. Rafael Madueño. Secretary General MED Forum

11:15 - COFFE BREAK

11:30 - BODIES LINKED TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN:

UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION
- Representative from the Convention to Combat desertification
- Prof. Uriel Safriel. Desert Research Institute manager

MEDITERRANEAN ACTION PLAN
Michele Raimondi. Director of Regional Activity Center for Environment Remote Sensing (ERS/RAC)

Questions

13:00-14:30 - LUNCH

NGOs ACTIONS TO FIGHT AGAINST DESERTIFICATION AND EROSION. PRESENTATION OF GOOD PRACTICES:

SESSION I: (14:30 - 16:00)

1. COMBATTING DESERTIFICATION

DESERT:

  1. " Combatting Desertification: Definitions, Policy and Social Dimensions".
    Dr. Hendrik Bruins from the Desert Research Institute

  2. "Projet de lutte contre la desertification et l'ensablement".
    Ahmed Mokhtar Nech. Mauritanie 2000

  3. To be announced
Discussion

SESSION II: (16:15-17:45)

WATER MANAGEMENT:

  1. "Projet Pilote de Participation de la population villageoise à la lutte contre la désertification des zones Ghabet, Khazazia et ZÂafrana".
    Mr. Belgacem Khammari Ben Tahar. APNEK, Tunisia.

  2. "Projet pilote d'aménagement du bassin versant du M'Soun: approche participative de gestion et de planification".
    Ms. Najwa Es-Siari. Enda Maghreb, Morocco.

  3. "Live to Algerian Oasis".
    Mr. Javier Cisneros. MED Forum, Spain.


Discussion

Session III: 20:00 - 21:30

2. EROSION AND DEFORESTATION

COASTAL EROSION:

  1. "Climate condition and estimation of the erosion on the Albanian coast"
    "Estimation and cartography of soil erosion processes in coastal zone of Albania"
    Prof. Liri Gjoka Muçaj. PPNEA, Albania

  2. "Protection of the littorals of Kune-Vain Lagoons, by using of the eco-technices to control coastal erosion".
    Mr. Nacip Meçaj. Alpine Geographic Club "Tomori", Albania

  3. "Israel coasts under erosion - cause and effect"
    Mrs. Bilha Givon or Mr. Iris Hann. SPNI, Israel

Discussion

Saturday, JULY 10:

TOUR: VISITING GOOD PRACTICES CARRIED OUT IN ISRAEL (06:00 - 14:00)

Savanization Project, including tour . The title and the people involved will be posted later.
Farming by run-off water. Dr. Pedro Berliner. (+ tour to Avdat area). Still, we miss the correct title- will be sent asap. )

"Field School" system. (Method of environmental education). SPNI

10:30 COFFEE BREAK

11:00 FOREST CONSERVATION:

"Contribution a l'amenagement de la reserve naturelle de Touati".
"Maitrise de l'energie domestique"
Mr. Belgacem Khammari Ben Tahar. APNEK, Tunisia.

"Good Practices to control soil erosion and promote community development in rural Tunisia: NGO advocacy and implementation"
Ms. Khaddouja Mellouli. Tunisian NGO Women for Sustainable Development, Tunisia.

MOUNTAIN AREAS EROSION:

  1. "Bayburt province erosion control, watershed management and rural development project"
    Mrs. Emel Anil. TEMA, Turkey (20 minutes)

  2. "Preservation and protection of landscape against desertification" Mrs. Antonia Theodosiou. Ecological Movement of Cyprus.

Discussion

13:00 LUNCH

15:00 - Continuation of the Session

3. OTHER PROJECTS:

  1. "Pilot Project to Combat Desertification in "Baixo Alentejo"
    Mr. Eugénio Manuel Bilstein Menezes de Sequeira. GEOTA, Portugal.

  2. "Sustainable development of Amber Islands"
    Mr. Ranko Tadic. EKO LIBURNIA, Croatia.

  3. "Programme d'Appui aux initiatives participatives locales de gestion des ressources naturelles et de lutte contre la désertification et le déboisement".
    Ms. Najwa Es-Siari. Enda Maghreb, Morocco.

  4. "Dead sea is dying"
    Mr. Yossi Cadan. SPNI, Israel

Discussion

17:00 - LONG BREAK

22:00 - Continuation of the Session:

4. AWARENESS RAISING AND TRAINING:

  1. "Project"
    Mr. Zohir Sekkal. MEA, Algeria.

  2. "Sensibilisation pour la lutte contre la désertification"
    Mr. Mohamed Abdelhadi Bennis. ASMAPE, Morocco.