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New Technologies for Soil Reclamation and Desert Greenery

(Proceedings of the Joint KISR – PEC Symposium)

Edited by Nader M. Al-Awadhi and Faisal K. Taha

US $49.95, 2002, 352 pp. ISBN: 1-884940-25-0

For the past five years, the Petroleum Energy Center in Japan has been organizing annual symposia
jointly with Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to promote the enhancement of the desert
environment, with an emphasis on greenery development. These symposia have been held in Japan,
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait, and have attracted considerable interest from the
scientists and professionals active in related scientific fields in the GCC countries as well as worldwide. In
bringing together these scientists, the symposia provided international forums for the exchange of views
and information. Kuwait was selected to host the symposium December 7-9, 1998. This symposium was
organized and sponsored by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and the Petroleum Energy
Center (PEC).

The symposium program included invited and volunteered papers in addition to field visits to water
desalination plants and a Kuwait Oil Company site for bioremediation activities. The speakers came from
Kuwait, Japan, North America, Europe and GCC countries. A total of twenty-three scientific presentations
were made during the three-day program. An international review panel prepared comprehensive
recommendations to guide the development of sustained greenery and the reclamation of polluted soil.

This publication presents the overall state of present efforts made by scientists in developed and
developing countries with regard to the development of greenery and the enhancement of the
environment in arid zones. This book is a valuable reference and source of information for those
interested in desert greening and environmental improvement.

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