Program

 
 

Resilience of desert societies: New paradigm and the future

 

Conveners: Dr. Yoav Avni, Geological Survey of Israel and Dr. Noa Avriel-Avni, Dead Sea and Arava Science Center.

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Please read or view the presentations in the conference program, before the session begins. In the session itself there will be only short presentations that will present the main points.

The goals of the workshop are formulated as following:

  1. To better understand desert environments, their environmental changes and their relations to arid land societies. To attain better insights into both arid environments impacts on humans and vice versa.
  2. To elaborate on the processes of adaptation of desert societies to divers desert environments. To evaluate their resilience versus their vulnerability related to their interaction with neighboring sedentary societies, especially in the exchange of goods, technologies, and ideas in diverse case studies from different desert regions.
  3. To formulate the new concept of "resilience and collapse" accurately and richly, in the context of human societies in drylands.
  4. To develop insights into future adaptations to desert conditions. What contemporary societies can learn from societies living in arid lands?

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Formulation of the new concept of "resilience and collapse" of desert societies and developing insights into future adaptations to human societies in a warming world: what can modern societies learn from societies living in arid lands?


Coordinator: Steven A Rosen

Respondents: Gideon Shelach-Lavi, Yoav Avni


 
 
 

Speakers

 
 
 
 
Prof. Avinoam Meir
 
Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Emir Galilee
 
Ben Gurion Institute for the study of Israel and Zionism, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
 
 
 
 
 
Isaac A. Meir (Sakis)
 
Dept. Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel