International Symposium on Drylands Ecology and Human Security - Regional Perspectives, Policy Responses and Sustainable Development in the Arab Region - Challenges and Opportunities: A joint initiative in recognition of the United Nations "International Year of Deserts and Desertification" from GCC Network for Drylands Research and Development (NDRD) and Gulf Research Center (GRC) - Green Gulf Program, December, 4-7, 2006, Dubai, UAE
ISDEHS 2006 will be the first of a series of symposia intended to create an ongoing cross-cultural dialogue as well as to reposition the ongoing desertification debate within the context of human security. This year’s discussions will address the theme "Regional Perspectives, Policy Responses and Sustainable Development in the Arab Region - Challenges and Opportunities". However best practice examples and research from other semi-arid and arid regions are certainly welcome. Our concept is based on an interdisciplinary approach, since especially sustainable development of drylands is a political, ethical, social issue as much as it is a technical concern. Therefore a special emphasis should be put on the ‘soft’ sciences - concerning norms, cultural values, political processes, and ‘institutions’ in the wider sense of the word. This approach will provide the information and understanding needed to enhance development pathways that provide alternatives to economically costly and socially detrimental environmental degradation. Finally in accordance with GCC Network for Drylands Research and Development (NDRD) objectives, this event will also focus on finding the interface between research and the reality of development practice. Therefore we acknowledge that research should be applicable in view of those social groups within whose domain the impacts of the implementation measures are intended to take place.
Gulf Research Center (GRC)
303 Sheikh Rashid Road, P.O. Box 80758, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
phone: +971 4 324 7770
fax: +971 4 324 7771
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