The need for desert knowledge
Three global processes are creating an urgent need for multidisciplinary knowledge and technology to support adaptation and human prosperity in regions experiencing environmental degradation and growing uncertainty:
Growth of global human population, hence its global impact on fertile lands and its natural resources.
Expansion of desert-like areas at the expense of non-desert fertile lands due to both land degradation (desertification) and climate change.
Climate change which causes extreme events and higher uncertainty. This results in longer dry spells, increasing sand storms, heightening risk of floods and other severe effects.
Research and technology in Israel is grappling with extreme desert conditions (drastic temperature change, unpredictable rain, floods, sand storms, higher soil salinity) making desert inhabitable, is of a global significance for addressing the above-mentioned ominous processes.
Israel’s desert experience can benefit those who reside in those regions and support their prosperity while adapting to such changes.
Sharing desert knowledge
The unique knowledge and technology developed to support life in desert areas is also relevant to regions that are not currently desert but at risk of drying or experiencing unpredictable desert-like conditions and environmental degradation.
The described global processes are causing such an impact mainly in dry sub-humid and semi arid areas found in most continents including southern part of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.
Desert knowledge can help to cope and adapt to desertification and climate change effects which also have social and economic implications, thereby bringing prosperity to residents in exposed regions.
Desert from within strives to expose a wide public to long-standing and multidisciplinary desert knowledge and technology that enables human prosperity in dry and semi-dry regions.