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Independent experts nominated by country party

Abdelghani Souirji

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Date of Nomination
Other Disciplines
Natural Resource Management
Soil Science
UN languages spoken



Job function
Project Manager
Development Project
Telephone number
221 60 346743
Work experience
- Project Manager, Development project in the Sahelian Zone of Northern Senegal. Funded by the Belgian Survival Fund, directly involved in the fight against desertification, 1998._x000D_
- FAO Land-use planning consultant in Mozambique, Iran, China, 1996-97._x000D_
- FAO Land Evaluation for Land-use Planning Specialist, Mozambique, 1993-95._x000D_
- FAO Consultant, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iran, and China, 1992-93._x000D_
- FAO Project Manager, Sultanate of Oman, 1988-92._x000D_
- FAO Soil Expert, Saudi Arabia, 1985-88._x000D_
- Head of the Soils Section, Société Centrale pour l'Equipement du Territoire (SCET), Rabat, Morocco, 1982-85._x000D_
- Head of the Soils Bureau, Loukkos project, Morocco, 1978-82.
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
- M.Sc. Soils, Faculty of Agronomy of Gembloux._x000D_
- Ph.D. Desert Soils, Faculty of Agronomy of Gembloux._x000D_
- Agricultural Drainage certificate, International Land Reclamation Institute, Wageningen, Netherlands, 1980.
Number of Publications
Publication titles
1. Classification of Arid Soils, Past and Present: Proposal of a Diagnostic Desert Epipedon in Proceedings of the 6th International Soil Correlation Meeting - Characterization, Classification, and Utilization of Cold Aridisols and Vertisols. USDA, Soil Conservation Service, National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln, N. USA. Kimble J.M. (ed) 1990._x000D_
2. General Soil Map of Oman (Soil atlas including 65 maps at scale 1:250,000 and a descriptive report). Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and FAO, Muscat, Oman, 1990._x000D_
3. Definition of Desert Soil Taxa for the FAO-UNESCO-ISRIC Legend of the Soil Map of the World. In proceedings of the International Workshop on the Classification and Management of Arid-Desert Soil. Edited by the Inst. of Soil Science and Xinjiang Inst. of Biology and Desert Res. Academia Sinica. China Science Technology Press. Beijing, 1993._x000D_
4. Guidelines for Distinguising Soil Sub-units (As co-author with Nachtergaele et al.). Proceedings of the 15th Congress of the I
Other activities
1. Chairman of the working group, Soil Resources of Desert Ecosystems, International Soil Science Society, since 1994._x000D_
2. Member, Réseau International des Terres Arides (RITA)_x000D_
3. Member, Belgian Soil Science Society_x000D_
4. Member, British Soil Science Society
1. Chairman of the ISSS working group in Soil Resources of Desert Ecosystems_x000D_
2. Lecturer in the Faculty of Agronomy, Gembloux, Belgium_x000D_
3. FAO Representative at several international fora on soils in USA and China
Organisation name
Belgian Survival Fund
Organisation street address
B.P. 310
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