FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jodi Bodner
JNF Director of Communications
212-879-9305 ext. 221
Afforestation Conference to Combat
Desertification to be held in
The conference will be held at
the Crown Plaza Hotel,
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.
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