Desertification in Iceland

Tentative Program

Regristration Information

International Workshop

ICELAND, September 16-19, 1997.

The workshop will be opened in Reykjavik on Sept. 16. A workshop excursion will take participants through eroded areas and deserts to give an understanding of Iceland´s geology, soils, glaciers and history. The last part of the workshop will be conducted at a rural centre (Klaustur). Participants will return to Reykjavik on Sept. 19.
Workshop sessions will include:
ˇ Rangeland degradation - an overview
ˇ Degradation and desertification assessment
ˇ Policy implications - a path to the future.
ˇ Posters

Speakers will include leading scientists from several disciplines. Key speakers will include:
Steve Archer, Roy Behnke, Thadis Box, Franklin Cardy, Andrew Campbell, Rod Gallacher, Ulf Helldén, Bo Kjellén, Hamid Narjisse, David Sanders, Brian Walker, Larry Wilding.

Post-conference excursion will be offered. Partici-pants will be taken to the central highlands of Iceland through areas of severe rangeland degradation and desertification, between Europe's largest glaciers, and to the erosion areas of the beautiful Lake Myvatn district.

The total number is limited to 100 participants.

The organisers are planning to publish the proceedings in a book.

The workshop is sponsored by the Icelandic Soil Conservation Service, the Agricultural Research Institute, Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture. It is co-sponsored by several international agencies.