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“Challenging environments as opportunities for renewal and transformation”
On behalf of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia, I would like to welcome you to Riyadh for the first ever International Workshop on Combatting Desertification in the Saudi Arabia. I would like to express my deepest appreciation and thanks for the support and encouragement we received from the Government, multiple local and international partners and you the speakers and exhibitors as we prepare for this event. It is together that we are able to reach this stage of preparation for the workshop...

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Arid, semi-arid, marginal, and saline environments are mostly vulnerable to climate change. The growing population coupled with climate change is exerting more pressure on limited natural resources in these regions. Land degradation and subsequent desertification are becoming the most important developmental challenges in these areas. The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has organized an “International Workshop on Combating Desertification and Arid Lands Management Innovations” by inviting international experts to analyze and present the global scenario and share their experiences, with emphasis on desert and arid environments. The workshop sessions will be aimed at learning from both theoretical and practical approaches geared towards combatting desertification, identifying common challenges, best practices and future prospects. The workshop will have the four dedicated thematic areas.

• Combating Desertification in Arid-Lands

• Sustainable Management and Rehabilitation of Arid and Hyper-Arid Rangelands and Forests

• Innovations in Saline Environments Management and Use of Renewable Resources

• Impact of Climate Change and Desertification on Arid Lands

There is great interest from local and international authorities and professionals to actively participate in this workshop and a number of high-level experts and keynote speakers have already confirmed participation.

Objectives & Approach

Leveraging Innovation and Renewable Resources to Combat Desertification

12 Keynote Speakers

Plenary presentations by invited speakers on workshop themes

Multilingual Support

The workshop Language will be Arabic and English with translation support


EXHIBITION AND TECHNOLOGY FAIR The Exhibition and Technology Fair Space is established as a central location from where exhibitors will present and demonstrate their innovations, brief guests, and participate in discussions and one-on-one interviews. The aim of the Technology Fair is to demonstrate a variety of innovative, unique, efficient and effective technologies that can be used to ensure sustainable land and water management approaches geared towards combatting desertification. It will offer workshop attendees with an opportunity to see the latest and most effective technology and innovation in action. And it will facilitate contact and interaction among land managers, policy makers, academic/research institutions and the private sector on available technologies. The Fair is designed to be a meeting space to promote the best sustainability technologies and will reinforce the importance of developing and disseminating appropriate technology. It will help create a new entry point for greater and stronger partnerships in particular with private sector enterprises. It will help demonstrate how technology and its transfer can play more substantive roles in improving sustainability. It is free to participate in the Exhibition/Technology fair while space allocation for exhibitors is on a “first-come, first-served” basis. An Exhibit Space request can be emailed to or Tel. +966504230064. Exhibitors are welcome to modify any space to their specific requirements. A floor plan will be included with the booth confirmation. Floor Plan


Plenary presentations by invited speakers on workshop themes

  • Prof. Barron Orr

    The UN Convention to Combat Desertification, (UNCCD)

  • Dr. Ismahane Elouafi

    Dir. General of Int. Center for Biosaline Agriculture, UAE

  • Dr. Mark Stafford Smith

    Chief Coordinating Scientist, Adaptation, CSIRO, Australia

  • Prof. Carlos M Duarte

    Marine Science, Director, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, KSA

  • Dr. Tedfaye Beshah

    Marine Science, Director, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, KSA

  • Dr. Theib Oweis

    Director of Integrated Water and Land Management Program, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

  • Mr. Abdallah Mokssit

    Secretary of IPCC

  • Daowei Zhang

    Climate Change & Resilience Team,Forestry Policy & Resources Division, Forestry Department, FAO


The workshop will explore research, theory, concepts, and practices under the following thematic areas.

Pleas find below useful Documents

AGENDA IWCD Program & Abstracts


Imam Saud Road, Wady Al Muaydin St.

Crowne Plaza Hotel



Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel & Convention, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
33 km from Airport


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Registration fee: It is free to attend the workshop. Apart from invited speakers, participants are expected to cover all other costs of travel, hotel and food. The organizing committee will provide workshop material, abstract book, workshop lunches, and refreshments during sessions. Likewise, the workshop secretariat will assist in visa issuance and in finding good accommodation in Riyadh.

Workshop objectives & approach

The workshop will explore research, theory, concepts, and practices under the following thematic areas