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Mohamed Ouessar

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Action Site Co-coordinator, Béni Khedache-Sidi Bouzid (Tunisia)

Home organization: 

Institut des Régions Arides (IRA)-Tunisia


Dr Mohamed Ouessar is a senior researcher at the Arid Zone Research Institute (Institut des Régions Arides) (IRA) (Médenine, Tunisia). He completed his undergraduate Studies at Institut National Agronomique de Tunis (National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia) (INAT) in 1989 and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Sciences (Soil and water management) from the Faculty of Bioengineering Sciences, International Centre for Eremology at the University of Gent, Belgium.

Since his appointment as researcher at IRA in 1994, he has contributed actively, as coordinator or team member, to the realization of numerous joint research projects funded by national and international agencies (WB, ABOS, EU, CSFD, UNU, USDA, UNESCO, etc.). His research programs focused mainly on water harvesting, GIS based hydrological modeling and decision support systems, impact assessment, watershed management, climate change impacts and adaptation, combating desertification and drylands management.

He contributed also to the training and capacity building through supervision of trainees and students of all levels from national and international centers and organizations and universities, part time teaching at the university on drylands and natural resources management related issues, and organization of training sessions.

He has been solicited to provide expertise for studies and/or projects conducted by national (Ministries of Agriculture, environment, planning) and international organizations (FAO, GTZ) in addition to the assistance of the local development agencies (agriculture, environment, development).

He published several scientific papers in national and international journals in addition to his contribution to the edition of books and book chapters such as Modelling water-harvesting systems in the arid south of Tunisia using SWAT, Dynamic Hydrological Modeling in Drylands with TRMM Based Rainfall, Watershed management in dry areas: challenges and opportunities and many more. He is also reviewer for several international journals.