PLENARIES

Plenary 1

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Essam Heggy

Guest of Editorial Board & Author
Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration

University of Southern California & NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, USA

Remote Sensing of Arid Environments

13 October 2019
09:00–09:30 



Plenary 2

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Tarek Abichou

Former Chief Editor
Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration

Florida State University, USA

Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Landfills: A tool to help southern Mediterranean countries close illegal waste dumps

13 October 2019
09:30–10:00 


Open or illegal waste dumpsites represent a health and environmental emergency in the south Mediterranean region. Eventhough, closing of dumpsites is a central component for the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) in this region, it is a financial challenge for most of these countries. In terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, open dumpsites will account for 8-10 % of the global anthropogenic GHG emissions by 2025. The main objective of this plenary is to present a methodology based on carbon credit protocols for South Mediterranean countries to finance the placement of soil covers to close their illegal waste dumpsites. The implementation of the methodology will lead to a reduction in GHG emissions and protects the geo-environment near these illegal waste dumps.

Plenary 3

Helen Kopnina

Helen Kopnina

Associate Editor
Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration

The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

What is really needed to achieve environmental sustainability?

13 October 2019
10:00–10:30 


Environmental sustainability typically refers to diverse issues associated with climate change, biodiversity loss, or pollution. While many policymakers are aware of the symptoms of environmental unsustainability, few of them have addressed the root causes of it, which are population growth, and the global spread of unsustainable production and consumption. Few of those concerned with sustainability in business or politics invest in family planning or address critical questions about whether economic growth can be decoupled from increased consumption of natural resources, which in turn affects the welfare of future generations as well as climate and biodiversity. In order to achieve sustainability aims, public, corporate and government stakeholders need to better understand the importance of integrating environmental considerations with social, demographic and economic mechanisms underlying unsustainable practices. Once these challenges and mechanisms are understood, a more positivistic turn toward sustainable solutions becomes possible.

Plenary 4

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Mokhtar Guizani

Author
Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration

Hokkaido University, Japan

New insights into sustainable water management in regions of water scarcity

13 October 2019
11:00–11:30 


The twenty-first century is the century of grand challenges in many societal fields. One grand challenge involves providing access to clean water, especially in regions of water scarcity. In fact, more deaths are caused by the lack of clean water than wars. Furthermore, water is one of the core essential and basic necessity for economic growth. Hence, water reuse and recycling have emerged as an absolute necessity for adaptation to the transformations of the twenty-first century. On another side, valuable resources (e.g. plant nutrients, organic matter, minerals, etc.) are found in impaired waters and their recovery has become a necessity to protect the environment, create values and lower overall treatment cost. However, the outdated approaches and technologies and incomplete processes for water treatment and resources recovery should be substituted by new and more promising ones. In this regard, emerging membrane technology may offer solutions to this challenge. This plenary talk will give insights into the impending crisis posed by water stress and the potentials of membrane technology in sustainable water management. 

Plenary 5

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Nabil Khélifi

Senior Publishing Editor, MENA program
Journal Publishing Manager
Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration
Springer, a part of Springer Nature, Germany

How to prepare a successful scientific paper

13 October 2019
11:30–12:30


Publication must be seen as an important, if not the most important, part of the research process. However, writing research papers for academic journals is not easy and is also very competitive. After producing data and generating ideas from your research, how do you write a clear and concise paper that attracts the attention of journal editors? How should you prepare a cover letter? How should you respond to reviewer reports? A Senior Publishing Editor from Springer Nature in Heidelberg, Germany shares his advice during three hours on how to effectively write and structure your paper, prepare a cover page and respond to reviewers’ comments.