‘INTEGRATED LAND AND WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN THE DRY AREAS UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE’
Djerba Island, Tunisia, May 11-14th, 2015
Climate change, Water resources mobilization and management, Land and vegetation cover degradation and remediation, Geo-information technologies, Socio-economic aspects and integrated approaches.
Born in central Tunisia in 1960, Dr Houcine Taamallah completed his undergraduate and M.Sc. studies at the National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia) (Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie) (INAT) in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences (Soil and water management) from the Faculty of Applied Bio-engineering Sciences of the University of Gent (Belgium) in 2007.
Since his appointment at IRA, he has contributed actively, as coordinator or team member, to the realization of numerous joint research projects funded by national and international agencies (WB, ABOS, EU, CSFD, UNU, UNESCO, etc.). His research programs focused mainly on land degradation, soil
physics and fertility, climate change impacts and adaptation, combating desertification and drylands management. .
He contributed also to the training and capacity building through supervision of trainees and students of all levels from national and international centers and organizations and universities, part time teaching at the universities on drylands and natural resources management related issues, and organization of specialized local and international training sessions. After working for a private company, he joined the Arid Zone Research Institute (Institut des Régions Arides) (IRA) (Médenine, Tunisia) in 1988 as a researcher. .
He has been solicited to provide expertise for studies and/or projects conducted by national (Ministries of Agriculture, environment, planning) and international organizations (FAO, GTZ, OSS, UNU, etc.) in addition to the assistance of the local development agencies (agriculture, environment, development). .
He published several scientific papers in national and international journals in addition to his contribution to the edition of books and book chapters. He was also reviewer for several international journals. .He moved in 2012 to serve as a university professor in soil sciences at the National School of Rural Engineers (ESIER) in Medjez El bab. .He passed away on May 16th, 2013. .