Arid Lands Newsletter (link)No. 52, November/December 2002
Special issue: Selected papers from the IALC Conference:
Assessing Capabilities of Soil and Water Resources in Drylands:
The Role of Information Retrieval and Dissemination Technologies


Selected news of interest

compiled by Katherine Waser


Upcoming conferences of interest

Water and Eco 2003
5-7 May 2003
Almaty, Kazakhstan

The theme of this conference is "Ecological sustainability and Advanced Approaches to Water Resources Management in the Aral Sea Basin." Its aim is to learn from approaches in Europe and North America to strengthen water and environmental management in Central Asia. Topics include the organizational, technical, economic and ecological aspects of water resources management, and the regional "Program of Joint Actions on Improvement of Ecological and Socio-Economic Situation in the Aral Sea Basin for 2003-2010," developed by the Interntional Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.

For more information, contact:
Scientific-Information Center of Interstate Commission for Water Coordination (SIC ICWC)
web site:
Conference web site:

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XI International Conference on Rainwater Catchment Systems
25-29 August 2003
Mexico City

The conference theme is "Towards a New Green Rebolution and Sustainable Development through an Efficient Use of Rainwater." Topics will include food security; prevention of land degradation; impact on society, economy and ecology; supply/sanitation concerns; water quality; mega-cities and rural communities; promotion through educational programs and women's participation; irrigated and dryland agriculture.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Andrew Lo, President, International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (IRCSA)
Dr. Jessica Calfoforo Salas, Secretary-General of IRCSA
Dr. Manuel Anaya-Garduño, Coordinador General IRENAT
Email: ircsa@colpos.mex
IRCSA web site:

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Calls for papers

Agroenviron - 2004
20-24 October 2004
Udine, Italy

The role of this symposium, the 4th in a series, is: "Role of Multi-purpose Agriculture in Sustaining Global Environment." The first three symposia were held in, respectively, Faisalabad, Pakistan; Tekirdag, Turkey; and Cairo, Egypt. Proposed topics for the 4th symposium include: land, water and air pollution in agricultural areas; precision agriculture and yield forecasting; landscape ecology; forestry and rangeland management; climate changes and global agricultural environment; biotechnology and agricultural biodiversity; desertification and land degradation control; agricultural waste reuse and field management; wetland and coastal ecology in humid environments; RS/GIS techniques in agriculture; current advances in restoration of rural areas for sustainability.

Participants are invited to submit papers or posters relevant to these topics. Summaries of no more than 250 words (no pictures or references) should be submitted by 30 November 2003 to:

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe ZERBI, Symposium Secretary-General
University of Udine
Udine, Italy
Eng. Sajid MAHMOOD (Azemi), International Coordinator
University of Agriculture,
Faisalabad, Pakistan

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