The conference "Vulnerability of the Mediterranean soils to water erosion: state of knowledge and adaptation strategies in the face of global change" will be held on 19 - 20 November 2018 in Morocco, Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, campus of Rabat.


The general objective of this conference is to review the present state of knowledge on the vulnerability of the Mediterranean soil in the face of water erosion, discuss the principal tracks of adaptation in the face of global change, provide active dissemination of its results and promote collaborations between North-South and South-South researchers.


Water erosion of soils is a major handicap for the development of rural areas and the conservation of the natural environment in the Mediterranean basin. It is regarded as the principal cause of soil degradation. Water erosion results from the synergistic effects of the natural conditions and the inappropriate anthropogenic activities. It degrades the ecosystem services secured by soils because of multiple negative effects like the loss of soil fertility and thus their productivity, particularly upstream of the catchment areas, the decrease of arable land potential, and the exacerbation of silting in dam reservoirs or the deterioration of water quality. Titanic efforts were and are always made by the governments of these countries to protect the land and the watersheds against this degradation. Nevertheless, the areas affected by water erosion continue to increase and the reservoirs continue to silt up. This converging trend could develop in the future since the changes in land use and climate awaited during the 21st century are likely to speed up the process of degradation and soil erosion. Projections of the various scenarios RCP du GIEC show that the Mediterranean basin, as the rest of the world, will undergo changes in the patterns of precipitations and temperatures: alteration of the seasonality of the precipitation pattern, decrease of the annual rainfall accompanied with an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme hydrometeorological phenomena such as the drought and the floods. These effects will have a significant impact on the degradation of soil and water resources and thus on the development of these countries and their food security.
Confronted to the extension of this phenomenon, the Mediterranean countries in general, and those of the South in particular, are in dire need to increase their research efforts and exchange of experts for a better understanding of water erosion processes and the valuation its consequences. Furthermore, they are needy for developing effective prognostic methods (modeling) and soil conservation and adaptation programs that fit the global change. In that sense, the respective governments of these countries implemented several projects. The learning from these efforts by sharing research and land development experiences would allow, on one hand, to improving the effectiveness of the public actions in the sustainable management of natural resources (soil and water) and on the other hand, to ensuring food security and sustainability of these countries and thus a more stable and secure Mediterranean region by limiting poverty. In this vision, a group of French-Moroccan researchers initiated in 2011 a JEAI program (Jeune Équipe Associée à l’IRD) "Vecteur" working on "the vulnerability of soils to water erosion". Since, it evolved and was extended to other research teams via international projects such as the Arimnet2 project “MASCC” to encompass in 2017 a broader space of the Mediterranean region: Tunisia, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Italy.


  • Chikhaoui Mohamed, IAV Hassan II Rabat, Maroc
  • Aafi Abderrahman, ENFI-Salé, Maroc
  • Badraoui Mohamed, INRA, Maroc
  • Benziane Taoufiq, ENA de Meknès, Maroc
  • Bouaziz Ahmed, IAV Hassan II Rabat, Maroc
  • EL Mokaddem Abdelmohssin, IAV Hassan II Rabat, Maroc
  • Hammani Ali, IAV Hassan II Rabat, Maroc
  • Mrabet Rachid, INRA, Maroc
  • Naimi Mustapha, IAV Hassan II Rabat, Maroc
  • Raclot Damien, IRD-UMR LISAH, France
  • Sabir Mohamed, ENFI-Salé, Maroc
  • Moussadek Rachid, INRA, Maroc
  • Abouabdillah Aziz, ENA de Meknès, Maroc
  • Albergel Jean, LISAH, France
  • Annabi Mohamed, INRAT, Tunisie
  • Aubert Michaud, IRDA, Canada
  • Ayan Sezgin, Université Kastamonu, Turquie
  • Badaoui Bouabid, ENA de Meknès, Maroc
  • Bouaziz Ahmed, IAV Hassan II Rabat, Maroc
  • Chikhaoui Mohamed, IAV Hassan II Rabat, Maroc
  • Chebouni Ghani, IRD, Maroc
  • Coulibaly Lacina, Université Moncton, Canada
  • Crabit Armand, LISAH, France
  • Aurore Degré, Université de Liège-Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Belgique
  • Douaoui Abdelkader, Centre Universitaire Morsli Abdallah, Tipaza, Algérie
  • El Garouani Abdelkader, FST de Fès, Maroc
  • EL Haji Kamal, ISHEDD de Rabat Maroc & INRS eau du Québec, Canada
  • EL Mokaddem Abdelmohssin, IAV Hassan II Rabat, Maroc
  • Follain Stéphane, LISAH, France
  • Gallart Francesc, IDAE-CSIC, Espagne
  • Haithem Bahri, INRGREF, Tunisie
  • Hicham Ezzine, GID4DS, Maroc
  • Huard Frédéric, INRA-FR, France
  • Laaribya Said, Université Ibn Zohr, Maroc
  • Laouina Abdellah, Université Mohamed V, Maroc
  • Latron Jérome, IDAE-CSIC, Espagne
  • Licciardello Feliciana, Université de Catania, Italie
  • Keizer Jacob, CESAM-Université d'Aveiro, Portugal
  • Meddi Mohamed, ENSH Blida, Algérie
  • Mehdi Bano, Université des ressources naturelles et les sciences de vie, Vienne
  • Mekki Insaf, INRGREF, Tunisie
  • Moncef Benmansour, CNESTEN, Maroc
  • Moreno de las Heras Mariano, IDAE-CSIC, Espagne
  • Morsli Boutkhil, INRF, Algérie
  • Moussadek Rachid, INRA, Maroc
  • Mrabet Rachid, INRa, Maroc
  • Mulla David, Université de Minnesota, États Unis d'Amerique
  • Naimi Mustapha, IAV Hassan II Rabat, Maroc
  • Pedro Nunes Joao, CE3C-FC Université de Lisbone, Portugal
  • Planchon Olivier, IRD-UMR LISAH, France
  • Raclot Damien, IRD-UMR LISAH, France
  • René Roy, Ouranos, Canada
  • Sabir Mohamed, ENFI-Salé, Maroc
  • Verheijen Frank, CESAM-Université d'Aveiro, Portugal
  • Whalen Joann, Université McGill, Canada
  • Yassin Mohamed, HCEFLCD, Maroc
  • Bernard Lacaze, CNRS, France



The conference will bring together researchers, trainers, development agents, decision makers, funding agencies and agents of international cooperation of the southern and northern countries of the Mediterranean region. It falls under the direct contribution to the Objectives of Sustainable Development (2. Food safety; 6. Water resources and 13. Fight against the CC).
This colloquium will be structured in to the following generic axis (the list of topics by axis is not exhaustive):

  • Inventory of the case studies and the indicators of soil degradation;
  • Spatialization and cartography approach of water erosion;
  • Evaluation and analyzes of silting rate of reservoirs and its impact on the availability of water resources;
  • Remote sensing in support of the study of soil degradation and a desertification.
  • The course of land use and its impact on the hydrological functioning of watersheds;
  • Evaluation of the impact of climatic change (including extreme events) on soil degradation.
  • Soil and water conservation approaches (SWC): installations, farming practices, management of biomass and soil fertility, etc.;
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of SWC approaches at the scale of the parcel, the installation, and the catchment area;
  • Socio-economic approaches of adaptation measures.
  • Evaluation of the costs of soil degradation by water erosion;
  • Payment for ecosystem services (PES) and mechanisms of their implementation.


Key note speakers

Abdellah Laouina

Abdellah Laouina is a Professor of Physical Geography at Mohammed V University of Rabat and holds the UNESCO-GN Chair in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. He has worked on soil science, land degradation and water and soil conservation, using naturalistic techniques and social science methods. He has led numerous research projects and collaborated on several projects. He has also performed many studies on the environment, natural resources and climate change on behalf of the Spatial Planning, the HDR50, the High Commission for Planning, and the IRES. He has published and co-published several books on these themes, in partnership with various authors. He has also published several articles in national and foreign scientific journals.

René Roy

Dr. René Roy holds a PhD in Water Sciences from the ‘Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS-ETE)’. He currently holds the position of the Scientific Program Director at Ouranos, after having coordinated the Energy Resources program. M. Roy has made a career at Hydro-Québec, as hydrometrorologist in charge of the hydrometeorological data validation and hydrological forecasting group. Since the creation of Ouranos in 2001, Mr. Roy coordinated Hydro-Québec actions at the consortium and he has been in charge of the Climatology Project at Hydro-Québec Research Institute (IREQ). He maintains close scientific research collaborations with academic communities, thanks to his position of Adjunct Professor at the “Université du Québec” at Montréal and at INRS-ETE.

Jean Albergel

Jean Albergel, research director of the IRD within UMR LISAH, specialist in hydrology of cultivated environments, and former representative of the Institute for East Africa (2006-2012) and for the Southern Africa (2013-2017). He has been appointed Special Adviser to the President and Chief Executive Officer in support for the implementation of the United Nations Global Quadrennial Assessment Report on Sustainable Development Goals (Global Sustainable Development Report 2019).

Davide Pettenella

Davide Pettenella is a full professor at the University of Padova (Italy) where he is teaching Forest economics. He has published more than 400 papers as a result of his research activities and field works carried out within programs financed by the European Commission, FAO, European Forestry Institute, World Bank, and by Italian national and regional institutions. Mr. Pettenella has been involved in research projects in the IIASA Wood Supply Model for Italy (Environment Program), in two Concerted Actions financed by EC FAIR Program ('Consequences of structural changes in roundwood and forest markets in Europe' and 'End-use and substitution analysis for sawn timber and wood based panels: implication for European Forestry') and in the EC STD3 Program ('Sustainable development of the ecosystems of the coastal hill of Peru').

January 29, 2018
Call for participationn

April 20, 2018
Abstract submission deadline

July 24, 2018
Acceptance notification to authors

September 30, 2018
Extended texts submission

Participation & Registration

Registration for the conference

Persons wishing to participate to this conference are invited to submit an abstract of one page to the secretariat of the conference ( or via the form below taking into account the model published on the website (DOWNLOAD THE ABSTRACT MODEL) . The abstract must conform the following layout:
- Research title,
- Names followed by the abbreviations of first names of the authors,
- Affiliations of the authors,
- Email address of the corresponding author. A manuscript which includes a paragraph on the context, the problematic and the research objective (research question), a paragraph on the study area, a paragraph on methodology, two paragraphs on results, and lastly a paragraph on key discussion elements, conclusion and keywords.

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Registration for the training

ArcGIS training: Lidar for natural resource management will be organized for 21-22 November 2018 at the Hassan II Agronomic and Veterinary Institute. The number of places is limited, it is essential to send the pre-registration form, (Download the form), to (
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Publication opportunities

Special issue in:
- Revue Marocaine des Sciences Agronomiques et Vétérinaires;
- Photo Interprétation European Journal of Applied Remote Sensing.



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Venue & Accommodation

The conference "Vulnerability of the Mediterranean soils to water erosion: State of knowledge and adaptation strategies in the face of global change" will be held on 19 - 20 November 2018 in Morocco, Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, campus of Rabat. For any information about the accommodation please contact : JCI Tours

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For general information about our conference please contact: Prof. Mohamed CHIKHAOUI (Chairperson)
Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Madinat Al Irfane, Rabat, Morocco
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