Mission and Methods​ 

The mission of SIDEER is to foster integrated, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the environment in the drylands of Israel and the world. SIDEER strives to develop, implement and disseminate scientific knowledge​ and environmental technologies through interactions between the biological, physical, social, and planning disciplines. SIDEER endeavors to improve​ human wellbeing in natural and man-made environments in drylands by promoting conservation of the environment and​ sustainable development.

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​The researchers of SIDEER strive to: 

  1. Determine the extent to which drylands can be further developed by and for the growing populations, in ways that utilize rather than compromise the support of the environment;

  2. Assess the optimal number of people as well as the optimal mix of their traditional (e.g. rural, pastoral) and novel (e.g. ecotourism, biotechnology, intensive aquaculture, hi-tech) livelihoods that can be supported by the dryland environment in an intelligent and sustainable manner;

  3. Determine the extent to which harnessing the abundant desert solar radiation, combined with daring, innovative, and environmentally sensitive afforestation in vast dryland expanse – two measures that reduce the emission of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere – can generate global benefits, as well as income for dryland people, under the Kyoto Protocol’s carbon trading mechanisms.