The WRRC is celebrating “Imagine a Day Without Water” on Thursday, October 21, with a special webinar featuring a 19-minute video on global water issues followed by a panel of emerging leaders in water and environmental management and policy.
Special Seminar - Food, Water, and Energy in the Arava Valley: Turning Disadvantage to Advantage in the Hyper-arid climate of the Region
David Lehrer, Director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
Dorit Davidovich Banet , CEO, Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative
Please note special time
Light refreshments will be served
The Arava Valley is a sparsely populated region in southern Israel. Its hyper-arid climate produces less than one inch of rain a year and its temperatures reach 115° to 120° f in the summer. For over 60 years, Israelis have successfully grown crops in this extreme climate, making the Arava Valley a major exporter of fruits and vegetables world wide. Recently, the residents of the Arava Valley have harnessed the region’s plentiful solar radiation with a collection of distributed private solar power fields, which provide 100% of the daytime energy needs to the city of Eilat and the villages in the Arava Valley.
Ms. Dorit Davidovich Banet Ms. Dorit Davidovich Banet co-founded and has been CEO of Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative for the last 12 years. The project demonstrates a model for solving the energy crisis while generating substantial regional development. She holds a master’s degree in Geomorphology from Ben-Gurion University.
Arava Valley Photo by בתיה בן צבי - batya ben zvi via the Public Domain, Link
Imagine a Day Without Water: Emerging Leaders Panel
Brown Bag Webinar: The Case for Better Planning
Quite often events described as “Black Swans” are really not quite that. They are more like grey swans—almost black, but not quite. In other words, there are some hugely important events in life that are disproportionate in their effects but not entirely foreseeable.
There are at least three water-related examples that come to mind; events in Arizona that were almost Black Swan events, and the moral to the story in each case seems to be that we can always do a better job of planning and should try to do so.
After the Fire Public Meeting
This year, the Telegraph and Mescal Fires impacted hundreds of lives and charred over 250,000 acres of land in central Arizona. On October 29 and 30, the public is invited to hear from their natural resource managers and community leaders about the expected short and long-term impacts of the fire on the landscape and watershed.