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Appendix B: programme

An Inter-Congress Meeting of the International Geographical Union Working Group on Desertification in and around Arid Lands, held in conjunction with the Arid Lands Sub-programme, Natural Resources Programme, United Nations University, and the UNESCO/MAB Programme

Plaza International  
Hotel, Tucson  
3-8 January 1979 Wednesday 3 January
1:15 pm- 3:00 pm Preliminary Meetings of Sub-groups, Organizers, etc.
3:00 pm- 5:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm- 6:30 pm Meeting of Sub-groups, Organizers, etc.
8:00 pm- 9:30 pm Tucson-The City and the Desert
Chairman: A.W. Wilson
8:00 pm The Physical Base-R. Reeves
9:00 pm Public Perception of the Desert in Tucson-T.F. Saarinen
Thursday 4 January  
9:00 am- 9:45 am Opening Ceremony
Chairman: A.W. Wilson
Welcome by President of the University of Arizona, Dr. J.P. Schaefer
Response: J.A. Mabbutt, Chairman of Working Group on Desertification
10:00 am-12:15 pm Regional Reports
  Chairman: J.A. Mabbutt
Sahelian Zone -Monique Mainguet, H. Mensching and A.T. Grove
Southern Africa -P.D. Tyson
Middle East -P. Beaumont and 1. Kobori
1:15 pm- 3:00 pm North America-A.W. Wilson
Latin America -H.J. Schneider
Australia -J.A. Mabbutt
India -S.P. Malhotra (for H.S. Mann)
3:15 pm- 4:30 pm Meeting on Desertification Bibliography
Chairman: Ms. P. Paylore
5:45 pm- 8:30 pm Buffet: "Mexican Fiesta" at Andrew Wilson's home
Friday 5 January Excursion to the Papago Indian Reservation of Native Americans. Guides: Bill Tatom, Bureau of Indian Affairs; Prof. Gary Nabham, Plant Sciences; Prof. Agnes Aamodt, College of Nursing
Saturday 6 January  
9:00 am- 10:00 am Reporting Session on Related MAB Projects in the United States
Chairman: J.A. Mabbutt
MAB-3-R. Rice
MAB-8-P. Ffolliott
MAB-4-J. Johnson
10:15am-12: 15 pm Reports of Thematic Study Groups
Chairman: H. Mensching
Climate and Desertification-P.D. Tyson
Perception of Desertification-R. L. Heathcote
Pastoralism and Desertification-D. L. Johnson
Desertification in Extremely Arid Environments-W. Meckelein
Wind Action and Desertification-Monique Mainguet
2:00 pm- 4:00 pm Panel Discussion: The Problems of Livelihood and Desertification
Chairman: A.W. Wilson
Economics of Irrigation Agriculture-W.E. Martin
Arid or Humid Agriculture-M.M. Fogel
Irrigation and Desertification-J. Matlock
New Crops for Arid Lands-W.H. Brooks
Comments: Viewpoints from the Developing Countries-S.P. Malhotra
M.M. Khogali
Sunday 7 January Contributed Papers:
9:00 am- 3:15 pm Physical Aspects of Desertification
Chairman: J.A. Mabbutt
Lakes as Indicators of Changing Climate-A.T. Grove
Above-Average Rainfalls and Drought in Southern Africa-P.D. Tyson
Spatial Structure of Rainfall in Southern Israel-D. Sharon
Problems of Protection of the Oases of Southern Morocco against Sand Encroachment-Monique Mainguet
Social and Regional Aspects of Desertification
Chairman: Monique Mainguet
Migration of Population in the US Great Plains-A.J. Larson
Pastoral Nomadism and Desertification in the Republic of Sudan-M.M. Khogali
The Progress of Desertification-J. Dresch
The Human Factor and Desertification in the Arid Zone of Rajasthan- S.P. Malhotra (with H.S. Mann)
Desertification Processes on the Eastern Colorado Plains-E.Y. Kedar
Monitoring Desertification
An Operational System to Monitor Desertification Using LANDSAT Data-D. Bannert
LANDSAT Applied to a Desertification Monitoring System-E.Y. Kedar
3:30 pm- 5:30 pm United Nations University Sub-programme on Assessment of the Application of Knowledge to Arid Lands Problems
Chairman: H. Mensching
The United Nations University-Lee MacDonald
Research Into the Perception of Desertification, 1976 to 1978-R.L. Heathcote
Impact of an Arid Zone Research Station on Local Land-Use Problems-J.A. Mabbut t
Obstacles to the Extension of Existing Knowledge and Technology to Dry Lands Problems in Mexico-H.J. Schneider
Monday 8 January  
8:00 am- 12:15 pm Excursion to Environmental Research Laboratory and Superior Farms. Hosts: C.N. Hodges and associates.
Guide: T. Maddock, Jr.
1:15 pm- 2: 00 pm Address: United Nations Activities to Combat Desertification
Chairman: J.A. Mabbutt
Report from Desertification Unit, UNEP-B.G. Rozanov
2:15 pm- 4:15 pm Workshop Meeting-Forward Planning
Chairman: J.A. Mabbutt
4:30 pm- 5:30 pm Plenary Session
Chairman: J.A. Mabbutt
5:30 pm Closing of Meeting
J.A. Mabbutt
Wednesday 10 January
Friday 12 January Post-meeting Excursion to Irrigated Lands Along the Salt, Gila and Lower Colorado Rivers

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