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Event "Sustainable Natural Resources Management Under Global Change", April 10-12th, 2019 in Hammamet (Tunisia)

The 19th Scientific Days of National Research Institute for Rural Engineering, Water and Forests

Sustainable Natural Resources Management under Global ChangeHammamet, Tunisia April 10-12th , 2019

Context and Objectives:

The population raising and the rate of economic growth and intensification of agriculture have put critical pressure on natural systems exceeding their productive capacities. This imbalance has been further accentuated in recent decades due to the combined effects of climate change and the social and economic changes occurred in the most countries. Such changes would affect the future production capacities of these systems and threaten their ecological and economic sustainability. As in most countries, Tunisia has invested in the environment protection and the natural resources preservation. Some successes have been achieved but remain insufficient given the amplitude of the imbalance since the gap continues to widen between the rate of exploitation and the capacity of natural systems to provide the necessary services. In this context, the "sustainable management" of natural resources appears to be an eminently practical means of reconciling the objectives of economic development, social equity and environmental protection.This conference will be an opportunity to bring to the international audience scientific contributions and to exchange experiences in this field. It will also be a venue for a cross sector exchange between scientists and policy makers on the role of research in designing policies to conserve and improve the efficiency of natural resources exploitation.


The topics of the conference include:

1. Ecology and management of forests eco-systems and rangelands• ecology, genetic diversity and ecophysiology• management, conservation of forests and rangelands• adaptation of ecosystems to climate change• forests protection

2. Watershed management, soils conservation and agricultural practices• erosion modeling, risk erosion assessment• agriculture of conservation, agricultural practices• soil erosion mapping, dry land management• soil conservation structures and climate change

3. Water resources management• Hydrology modeling• Sustainable exploitation of groundwater resources• Performance of irrigation systems, best practices, strategies• integrated water resources management• water access, energy and social equity• use of saline water and recycled water in irrigation

4. Economics of the environment and the natural resources use• payment of environmental services• policies to regulate the optimal exploitation of natural resources• socio-economic aspects of natural resources use

• agro-forestry and local economic development• risk, vulnerabilities and resiliencies of farming systems in a context of global change (climate change, market prices fluctuation and social organization change)• Cost of adaptation to global changes and economic viability of farmsIn addition to the 4 scientific topics, we propose to include a session called "Research and Development" during the conference to stimulate and strengthen the dialogue between scientists and policy makers for designing more robust and efficient environmental protection policies in the context of global change.



Important dates: 

October 29th: : Call for papers

December 9, 2018: Deadline for submitting extended abstracts

January 31, 2018: Acceptance notification

March 1, 2019: Registration

March 15, 2019: : Conference program

Contact information Hacib El Amami (email:
Event type Conference
File link
File link copy Call for papers_First Call.pdf (PDF, 174 Kb)
Source inrgref
Geographical coverage Tunisia,
Address Hammamet, Tunisia
Organizer INRGREF- IRESA- Université de Carthage
Target audience International
Period [10/04/2019 - 12/04/2019]
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH , FRENCH