BGU is recognized by the United Nations as a world leader in desert research, water resources and sustainable development of drylands.

BGU’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research are focused on harnessing the arid-zone ecosystem for human habitation. The Blaustein Institutes are comprised of three world-renowned research institutes: the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, the French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, and the Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research. The knowledge gained here is shared with the world, where the rapid expansion of desert, called desertification, affects 1 billion people in 100 countries.

Its Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies (AKIS) offers English-language master and doctoral degree programs in desert studies, and hydrology and water quality.

“Israel is moving straight ahead in producing water with major desalination plants and we get more and more each year this way from seawater. This will be the solution for Israel and Jordan.”
–Prof. Eilon Adar

Arid lands make up 40 percent of the planet’s landmass, and growing. Support BGU’s research in preventing desertification.

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Overuse Is Drying Out the Sea of Galilee

September 17, 2018

Tags: Desert & Water Research, Social Sciences & Humanities

Diversion for agriculture is the reason for the diminishment of Israel’s major source of fresh water.

BGU Announces New Rector and Deans

August 3, 2018

Tags: Leadership, Awards & Events

Prof. Haim Hames is elected rector. New deans are elected for the Glazer Faculty and the Blaustein Institutes.

American Associates Village Honored for Eco Design

July 26, 2018

Tags: Desert & Water Research, Leadership, Awards & Events

The student village in Sede Boqer won an architecture award for its unique and desert-friendly design.