Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: The Route to Restoration


Conference Organizing Committee


  • Prof. Uri Minglegrin, Israel Agricultural Research Organization, past chief scientist, Ministry of Environment
  • Prof. Uriel Safriel, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel Focal Point, UN Convention to Combat Desertification
  • Dr. Daphne Goldman, Chair, Department for Environmental Studies and Agriculture, Beit Berl Academic College
  • Dr. Elli Groner, Director, Long Term Ecological Research, Israel
  • Dr. Naftali Lazarovich, Ben Gurion University, Department of Desert Agriculture, Israel
  • Dr. Tamar Golan, Director, Africa Center Ben Gurion University
  • Ms. Maya Negev, Environmental Studies, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • Prof. Arnon Karnieli, Head of the Remote Sensing Laboratory, BIDR, Ben Gurion University
  • Prof. Avigad Vonshak, Director of the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University
  • Prof. Yossi Steinberger, Geography Department , Bar-Ilan University
  • Prof. Moshe Schwartz, Human and Dryland Deparment, Ben Gurion Gurion University
  • Dr. Pnina Mutsafi-Haller, Director of Gender Program, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University
  • Prof. Yizkhak Meir, Director of Human and Dryland Department, Ben Gurion University
  • Ms. Abby Lutman, Research Department, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Mr. Oded Halamit, Cinatco
  • Dr. Hanan Ginat, Director of the Dead Sea and Arava Research and Development Center
  • Dr. Eli Ben-Tura, Foreign Ministry, Arbel
  • Dr. Noam Weisbrod, Zuckerberg Institute of Water Research, Desert Research Institutes
  • Ms. Irit Shavit, International Agency Division Israel Minsitry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Simona Halperin, Deputy Director of the International Agency Division, Israel Minsitry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr. Haim Divon, Deputy Director, Israel Ministry of Foreign Afairs
  • Prof. Moshe Shachak, Department of Desert Ecology, Ben Gurion University
  • Ms. Beth Eden Kite, Deputy Director Moshav Division, Israel Minsitry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ms. Tania Berg-Refaeli, Israel Foreign Ministry, Mashav Division
  • Dr. Alon Ben-Gal, Gilat Agricultural Research Center
  • Dr. Nadav Davidovich, Ben Gurion University School of Medicine
  • Dr. David Bonfil, Gilat Agricultural Research Center
  • Mr. Amir Rosenblit, Spokesman, Ben Gurion University
  • Dr. Eli Zaadi, Gilat Agricultural Research Center
  • Dr. Uri Shanas, Chairman of Department of Biology, Haifa University
  • Mr. Dani Bar-Elli, Chair Israeli Committee for UNESCO
  • Mr. Yizhak Moshe, Deputy Director for Forestry, KKL Southern Region
  • Dr. Yeshayahu Bar-Or, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Dr. Yehoshua Shkedy, Chief Scientist, Israel National Parks and Nature Reserves Authority
  • Mr. Nati Barak, Head of. Sustainable Development, Netafim Corporation
  • Mr. Raz Arbel, Head Tourism Department, Ramat Hanegev Regional Council
  • Ms. Hila Ackerman, Director of Environmental Department, Ramat Hanegev Regional Council
  • Mr. Asaf Raz, Director of Southern Region Environment and Community, Shatil
  • Prof. Tamar Dayan, Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Chair, Society for Protection of Nature in Israel
  • Prof. Yona Chen, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriclure The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Mr. Uri Mintzker, Candidate, Ph.D. Ben Gurion University
  • Ms. Faye Bitker, Director Public Relations Department, Ben Gurion University
  • Dr. Israel Eliashiv, former Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations in New York
  • Dr. Clive Lipkin, Director of Research, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Prof. Dan Yakir, Department of Environmental Sciences & Energy Research. Weizman Institute
  • Professor Alon Tal, BIDR, Ben Gurion University, JNF International Board
  • Ms. Hannah Sivan, Environmental High School, Midreshet Sde Boqer