Agricultural Water Management: Proceedings of a Workshop in by National Research Council, Policy and Global Affairs,

By National Research Council, Policy and Global Affairs, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program, Laura Holliday

This record features a choice of papers from a workshop---Strengthening Science-Based Decision-Making for Sustainable administration of Scarce Water assets for Agricultural creation, held in Tunisia. individuals, together with scientists, choice makers, representatives of non-profit corporations, and a farmer, got here from the us and several other international locations in North Africa and the center East. The papers tested constraints to agricultural construction because it pertains to water shortage; concentrating on 1) the kingdom of the technological know-how relating to water administration for agricultural reasons within the heart East and North Africa 2) how technological know-how might be utilized to higher deal with current water provides to optimize the family creation of foodstuff and fiber. The cross-cutting issues of the workshop have been the weather or ideas of science-based choice making, the position of the medical neighborhood in making sure that technology is a vital part of the choice making method, and how you can enhance communications among scientists and selection makers.

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As the academy of sciences of the OIC, the IAS is keen to promote Vision 1441, and more importantly, to work to implement the strategies and secure the finances that OIC-Countries require to realize the targets stipulated in Vision 1441. 16 Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html CONCLUSION Realizing socio-economic development is the goal of governments and decision-makers. To convince decision-makers to pay more attention to and invest more in science and technology, lobbyists including academies of sciences and scientists must present a strong case for the positive impact of science and scientific advancement on society.

Additional suggestions for increased integration of science and decisionmaking include: ƒ developing and documenting cooperative demonstration projects ƒ facilitating long-term relationships and trust between scientists and decision-makers and their staff ƒ having people representing different backgrounds and perspectives in the same room when developing short and long-term research agendas These efforts are important and necessary, and require both financial and institutional support. Evaluation of ways to improve the utility and communication of scientific research is itself a legitimate research objective that will significantly enhance the societal benefits of investments in science.

The Future: Think Global Act Local Continued commitment by the IAS to help OIC countries establish strong national academies of sciences; z Continued commitment by the IAS to help OIC countries develop and actively implement S&T policies to achieve the parameters set out in Vision 1441; z 38 FIGURE 9 The future. International Outlook A primary function of the Academy is to act as a Pan-Islamic affiliating body to the relevant international organizations. Muslim scholars can have a channel of communication, through the Academy, with many international academies of sciences and agencies.

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