It is most likely that the world's population will increase by more than 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050. And the demand for deminishing natural resources is increasing and sustainability requires an adequate standard of living for all without compromising the needs of future generations.

This means that there is a constant challenge for leaders and decision-makers to provide a decent standard of living and provide a repository for future generations, especially in desert areas with fragile environments, which suffer from water scarcity and limited resources. Imam AbdulRahman bin Faisal University and the east universities of Saudi Arabia are in charge of preparing a generation that senses this challenge in the development of the largest deserts of the Arabian Peninsula represented in the Empty Quarter and Al Dahana desert. The conference has been designed as one of the mechanisms of awareness and enlightenment to the means of sustainability and the well-being of desert environments and to review the future of desert areas in the Gulf regions, therefore, the conferences aims to:

  1. Discussing policies and legislation and their effectiveness in achieving social sustainability
  2. Discussing economic and environmental aspects of the desert.
  3. Follow Saudi Arabian developmental history of desert areas.
  4. Discuss desert elements and determine its usefulness and the chances of success.
  5. Raising awareness of desert adaptation methods in the case of global changes.
  6. Emphasis on the role of culture and knowledge of global experiences to achieve sustainable development.
  7. Discuss the mechanism of desert sustainability and investment.
  8. The importance of science and technology in the development and sustainability of desert materials and resources.

Because of the keenness of Imam AbdulRahman bin Faisal University to provide a highly professional conference that aims at achieving the Kingdom's 2030 Vision by giving successive generations the ability to overcome challenges and protect the environment, respect biodiversity and defend desert legislation.

The conference will focus on the necessary topics in the sustainable development of deserts including:

  1. Focus on problems to evaluate alternatives and risk assessment.
  2. Imagine the complex and direct links between desert phenomena and their dynamics.
  3. Think about the side effects and expected reflections of certain desert phenomena such as desertification and sand crawling.
  4. The ability to think by complex systems and networks through joint research and to consider experiments to solve problems.
  5. Exploration and evaluation, processing and use of available data and discussion of the mechanism for their availability.
  6. Proposing schemes and projects for the environment.
  7. Evaluating and adopting initiatives and self-employment.
  8. Expect different problems and phenomena within scenarios and models that expect the future.
  9. Linking local and regional experiences to global phenomena and taking advantage of others' experiences.

In view of the importance of these general objectives, it was agreed to organize the International Conference entitled "2030 Vision Sustainable Development of Desert Regions" in the academic year 1439/1440 during the month of February 2019 to exchange knowledge, skills and expertise among desert experts.

The Conference's Main Themes

  1. Regulations and legislation in desert areas.
  2. Investment and economy in desert areas.
  3. Adaptation to desert areas: materials and techniques.
  4. Role of community awareness in the development of desert areas.
  5. Realistic experiences to achieve sustainable development in desert areas.
  6. Desertification: causes, effects, prevention and treatment.
  7. The role of Saudi government in the development of desert areas.
Published on: 26 September 2018
Last update on: 07 October 2018
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