The annual Upper Gila Watershed Forum on January 11, 2019, in Thatcher, Arizona will feature daylong discussion, presentations, and activities focused on "Adapting to a Hotter and Drier Future."
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
Upper Gila Watershed Forum
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