Desertification - A Growing Global Challenge

The 2nd BMI Conference

March 29-31, 2017


Wednesday, 29.3.17

17:00 BMI Steering committee – Business Meeting
18:00 BMI Board Meeting
20:00 Dinner – Palio’s restaurant – Hotel

Thursday, 30.3.17

08:00 Breakfast – Hotel
09:00 Prof. Itai Sened, Head of BMI
BMI Celebrates Second Year of Full Activity

09:15 Symposium: Desertification – The Policy Orphan
Convener: Dr. Boris Mints
09:30 Opening Lecture
Luc Gnacadja, Past Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification; Former Minister of the Environment, Benin
Combating Desertification – Lessons learned from twenty-five years of international efforts
10:00 Dr. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta
10:10 Dr. Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, World Bank Group
Famine in Africa: Causes and Solutions
10:25 Dr. Konrad Mizzi, Minister within the office of the Prime Minister (Energy Section), Malta
10:35 Dr. Jose A Herrera, Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Malta

10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 Panel #1: Policy Responses, Water Uses & Management
Prof. Uriel Safriel, Faculty of Nature Sciences, Hebrew University; Former Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, The UN Convention to Combat Desertification
Examples of Synergistic Policy Responses – Climate Change and Desertification
Mr. Stephen Zammit, Water Services Corporation, Malta
The Distribution Implementation of 2nd class Water in Malta
Ing. David Sacco, Water Services Corporation, Malta

12:30 Lunch – Hotel
14:00 Panel #2: Success Stories – Combating Desertification
Mr. Gabi Miodownik, Senior VP & Head of EMEA Division, Netafim Industries
Ms. Merci Wanja Karunditu, The Green Belt Movement, Kenya
Dr. Ram Fishman, Department of Public Policy,
Tel Aviv University
20:30 Dinner – Da Pippo’s restaurant, Melita Street, Valletta

Friday, 31.3.17

08:00 Breakfast – Hotel
09:00 Key Note Speaker
Dr. Segenet Kelemu, International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology
Protecting biodiversity to combat desertification
09:30 Daniel Sultana, Environment and Resources Authority, Malta
Numerical modeling and economics of agricultural land degradation in the Maltese Islands

10:00 Discussion
10:15 Coffee Break
10:30 Closing Lecture
Prof. Alon Tal, Chair, Department of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University
Can We Stop Desertification Without Stabilizing Human Populations?

11:00 Discussion
11:15 BMI Active Research Projects
Dr. Ram Fishman & MA Student Shira Bukchin*

11:45 Closing Remarks
Prof. Itai Sened, Head of BMI
12:00 Lunch – Hotel

* Funded and conducted through our association with the Manna Center Program for Food Safety & Security