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Afforestation Conference to Combat Desertification to be held in Jerusalem

 

March 29, 2007 -- New York, NY -- In an effort to bring together leaders in the science and practice of afforestation and sustainable forest management in arid and semi-arid zones, Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael(JNF-KKL) will host a conference in Jerusalem from April 16-19.

 

The conference will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel.

 

Also sponsored by The International Union for Forest Research Organization (IUFRO),  Forests to Combat Desertification Organization (FCD), and the United States Forest Service (USFS), the conference will provide a broad forum for the summary and synthesis of state-of-the-art afforestation practices, as well as an introduction to the achievements of the Israeli arid lands afforestation lead by JNF-KKL during the last six decades. 

 

Desertified land presently covers around 36 million square km. of the world's total land area. Desertification and land degradation is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations. It affects more than 100 countries and regions with a combined population of 1.2 billion, and has become a global problem threatening the subsistence and development of mankind.

 

At its 58th session, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/Res/58/211 which declares 2006 the International Year of Deserts and Desertification. In light  of this declaration, JNF-KKL decided to hold the upcoming conference.

 

Among the guest lecturers are renowned academics and professionals and at least 200 people from around the world will join as participants.

 

Topics to be covered during the conference include:  "Joint Efforts of Research and Demonstration in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands”; “Nursery Techniques and Forest Establishment in Arid Zones”;  “Trees in Towns Improving the Quality of People’s Lives”; and “Livestock Grazing Management Tool vs. Desertification Agent,” among others. 

 

For information and to register, please visit http://www.fcd.org.il/ or email eitan_s@edan.co.il

 

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Jewish National Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 1901 to serve as caretaker of the land of Israel, on behalf of its owners—Jewish people everywhere. Over the past century, JNF has planted over 240 million trees, built over 180 reservoirs and dams, developed over 250,000 acres of land, created more than 1,000 parks, provided the infrastructure for 1,000 communities and educated students around the world about Israel and the environment. Today, JNF is restoring northern Israel, making it home again to its residents, and is putting its century of experience to work with Blueprint Negev, supporting Israel’s newest generation of pioneers in developing the Negev Desert, Israel’s last frontier.  For more information on JNF or to plant trees in Israel, call 800-542-TREE (8733) or visit www.jnf.org/trees  To contact your local office, please call 888-JNF-0099 or visit www.jnf.org.

 

 

 

 

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