Combating Desertification with Plants by Yitzhak Abt (auth.), Dov Pasternak, Arnold Schlissel (eds.)

By Yitzhak Abt (auth.), Dov Pasternak, Arnold Schlissel (eds.)

The convention "Combating Desertification with vegetation" used to be held in Beer Sheva, Israel, from November 2-5, 1999, and used to be attended by means of 70 individuals from 30 nations and/or foreign corporations. Desertification - the degradation of soils in drylands - is a phenomenon happening in rankings of nations all over the world. The variety of humans (in semiarid areas) suffering from the regular decline within the productiveness in their lands is within the hundred thousands. The measures required to halt and opposite the method of desertification fall into many different types - coverage, institutional, sociological-anthropological, and technical. even if technical "solutions" usually are not at present trendy, the convention organizers felt that maybe the pendulum had swung too a ways towards "participatory approaches." for this reason IPALAC - The overseas application for Arid Land vegetation - whose functionality is to function a catalyst for optimizing the contribution of plant germplasm to sustainable improvement in desertification-prone areas - felt the time used to be opportune for offering a platform for tasks the place the "plant-driven" method of improvement unearths expression. a few forty five papers have been added on the convention, falling into the types of this quantity: evaluation, power Germplasm for Arid Lands, creation, Domestication and Dissemination of Arid Land crops, Land Rehabilitation, and Mechanisms of Plant move. The convention was once funded through UNESCO (Division of Ecological Sciences), the Ministry of international Affairs of Finland, and MASHAV, Israel's middle for overseas improvement Cooperation.

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N. Mphuru In Genesis 2:8-9 we are told that the Lord God planted a garden, made all kinds of beautiful trees grow there and produce good fruits. Verse 15 indicates further that Jehovah God proceeded to take the man and settle him in the Garden of Eden to CULTIV ATE it and to TAKE CARE of it. This call from Jehovah God (the first horticulturalist) is a call for a caring attitude towards nature. A new life style that is based on stewardship and compassion in taking care of our life supporting system is a must for survival of all mankind.

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Timber explorers worldwide are about to complete a massive "denudation program" of the dry subhumid regions of the world with disastrous consequences to soil fertility (Dregne, 1986). The middle income sector has also had a hand in desertification. Examples are the destruction of useful vegetation (and the consequent reduction of soil fertility) in the Southwest of the USA by ranchers, the desertification of Patagonia by sheep breeders (Soriano 1986), and the salinization of the Imperial Valley in California or the irrigated areas of Santiago del Estero in Argentina by middle income farmers (Dregne, 1986).

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