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BMI Annual Meeting: Desertification - a Growing Global Challenge

29/3/2017

In accordance with BMI vision, our 2nd international conference in Malta focused on the global challenge of Desertification. The conference was hosted by Dr. Joseph Muscat, the Prime Minister of Malta, who took the presidency of the EU in January of 2017.

 

 

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Wednesday, 29.3.17


17:00 BMI Steering committee – Business Meeting
18:00 BMI Board Meeting


Thursday, 30.3.17


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
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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 
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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   
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Mr. Stephen Zammit, Water Services Corporation, Malta

The Distribution Implementation of 2nd class Water in Malta     View Presentation  
Ing. David Sacco, Water Services Corporation, Malta

Production of highly polished reclaimed water as a means to supplement water resources in the Maltese Islands.    View  Presentation  

 

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


Friday, 31.3.17

 

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

 

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

 

 

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