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It is a pleasure for the organizers to extend a cordial invitation for the participation at the 11th International Conference on Drylands Development, with the theme “Global Climate Change and its Impact on Food & Energy Security in the Drylands”  (11th  ICDD) in Beijing, China on March 18-22, 2013.

This conference will be organized by the International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC) and hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI) China. It will be co-sponsored by the Association of Agricultural Research Institutions of Near East and North Africa (AARINENA), Arid Land Research Centre (ALRC, Japan), Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI),  Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM), Desert Research Institute (DRI, USA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA),  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japanese International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), United Nations University (UNU), and World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Conference will be supported by the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID), Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), International Development Research Center (IDRC-Canada), International Fund for Development (IFAD), other international and national organizations. 

The conference will include invited presentations, oral presentations and poster presentations.

Beijing is a modern capital with an ancient history. She is celebrated for her attractive natural surroundings, historic sites and cultural monuments. The Olympic Games was held in Beijing in 2008. Meanwhile, with her numerous research institutes, universities and colleges, Beijing is also the scientific and educational center in China.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 11th ICDD, it is my great pleasure to invite all the interested researchers and educators in the international scientific community to join us at the conference in Beijing and share the excitement of good science for the benefit of mankind. 

We are looking forward to meeting you in Beijing. 


Prof. Dr. Tao Wang

Chairman of the organizing committee, 11th ICDD

Director General, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences