International Society for Sustainable Development and Agriculture

Internationale Gesellschaft für nachhaltige Entwicklung und Landwirtschaft e.V.


International Seminar on

Natural Disasters and Sustainable Development

17-19 April 2013

Göttingen, Germany

Seminar Venue: Hotel Astoria

Hannoversche Straße 51, 37075 Göttingen

Tel.: 0049 551 30500, E-mail:

Internationale Gesellschaft für nachhaltige Entwicklung und Landwirtschaft (ISSDA) e.V.

Theodor-Heuss-Straße 11, 37075 Göttingen, Germany.

Tel.: +49 551 56310, Fax : +49 551 5312084



Bank account: Commerzbank Göttingen, BIC: COBADEFFXXX



The exorbitant devastation caused by hurricane Sandy in Haiti and the Eastern United States in October 2012 has caused increased attention and concerns about the effects of natural disasters. Similar calamities have been experienced in recent times by a number of other countries that were affected by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, tsunamis and wild fire. While it proves nearly impossible to forecast the event of such incidents tremendous efforts have been undertaken to impede their negative consequences on human life, habitat and the environment. Over the years national and international institutions have been engaged in activities to mitigate and prepare against disasters and organize emergency and recovery operations.

It is the intention of the seminar to review and exchange experiences among scientists, administrators and practitioners in their endeavors to prevent disasters, reduce calamities, conduct rescue operations, provide humanitarian aid and facilitate disaster-prove reconstruction. The seminar is intended to provide opportunities for exposure to proven and innovative activities and research associated with disasters and their effects on economy, agriculture, forestry and related fields. The goal of the seminar is to present and discuss analytical studies based on country experiences and specific projects. Participants are encouraged to stimulate and promote discussions of different phases of emergency prevention and emergency management. They are asked to present in their contributions past experiences, review economic, social and political implications of their activities and evaluate their effectiveness. They would indicate lessons learned and suggest measures for improvement.

Hans Meliczek     Christoph Kaetsch


Information about the Seminar


  • Review the experience of selected countries in emergency operations and assess the extent of damage to national economy, human life and the environment
  • Identify disaster prone areas and recommend remedial actions
  • Assess vulnerability factors
  • Appraise institutional setup for disaster prevention and recovery
  • Review approaches and mechanisms for evacuation, food aid, shelter and resettlement
  • Establish an international forum of specialists concerned with disaster prevention and disaster management


Conference topics:

The Seminar will appraise on a country wide scale and on the base of case studies the connection between the occurrence of disasters and sustainable development.  Contributions are requested from among the following themes and related topics:

1. Experiences of countries that have faced natural disasters in recent times


Hurricanes and typhoons




Volcanic eruptions

Other disasters

2. Disaster mitigation and preparedness

Preventive measures

Early warning

National stock piles

Food security

Institutional framework

International experiences

3. Emergency operations

Rescue operations


Food aid


4. Recovery

National and international assistance

Reconstruction and resettlement



The seminar will consist of plenary lectures, contributory papers and discussions with scientists, policy planners, practitioners and representatives from governments, industry and NGOs. The proceedings will be published by ISSDA.

The programme includes a visit to the Earthquake Observatory in Göttingen.


Hotel Astoria

Hannoversche Straße 51

37075 Göttingen,

Phone: 0049 551 30500


Dates:17-19 April 2013

Official language: English

Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr.Hans Meliczek

Prof. Dr.Christoph Kätsch

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merbach

Dr. Manfred Kern

Dr. Johanna Schott

Altaf Hussain

Bhumi Verma

Registration Fee: Euro 120,00

Registration fee includes: Lunch, dinner, coffee breaks, book of abstracts and seminar proceedings

Payment of registration fee should be made through bank transfer draft or pay order in favour of Treasurer, ISSDA or transferred to:

ISSDA, Commerzbank Goettingen, IBAN: DE76 2604 0030 0644 5670 00, BIC: COBADEFFXXX with reference to Second International Seminar

The registration fee may also be paid in cash at the registration counter


Deadlines for the submission of documents:

Abstract: Maximum one page, A4 size, up to 25 February 2013

Full paper: Maximum 20 pages, A4 size, up to25 March 2013

Abstracts and full papers should be sent to the seminar coordinator, Prof. Dr. H. Meliczek


Authors are requested to provide an alphabetical reference list at the end of the paper. When preparing abstracts and full papers, please refer to the following formatting rules:

A4 size, all margins: 2.5 cm, Font: Calibri 11 pt, Line spacing: 1.5

Authors should provide their full name, affiliation, complete contact address and electronic mail address. Please ensure that full bibliographical details are given so that readers can readily find the sources they want to consult: the author(s), year of publication, full title of book; publisher; ull title of article, full journal title, volume and issue number and page numbers of the article. All references should be cited parenthetically in the text by author and year, e.g. (Kern, 2010)


Oral and poster presentations:

Oral presentations should have a duration of 15 minutes, including 2 to 3 minutes for discussion

LCD projectors and overhead projectors are available

Posters (1×1.2 m) should include title, name and address of the author(s), short introduction, methods and materials, results and conclusions


Contact address:

Prof. Dr. Hans Meliczek, Hainholzweg 25,

D 37085 Goettingen, Germany


Tel.: 0049 551 56310

Mobil: 0049 172 565 0069

Fax: 0049551 53 12 084



Hotel Astoria

Hannoversche Straße 51

37075 Goettingen, Germany

Phone: 004955130500


When booking please mention:Participant ISSDA Seminar



The International Society for Sustainable Development and Agriculture ISSDA being a scientific and development oriented institution is primarily interested in science-based and policy-related contributions in all areas of sustainable development which can be used as bases for recommendations for the implementation of techniques and policies for sustainable land use, food security, resource management and renewable energies


 ISSDA Historical Background

The starting point for the initiative to establish the International Society for Sustainable Development and Agriculture (ISSDA) was the Afro-Asian Studies Promotion Association (AASF), based in the university town of Goettingen, Germany. Ever since it was founded in 1957, it has developed an international network of qualified academics in many African and Asian countries, with regular and intensive exchanges of ideas.

AASF has for many years organized seminars for students from African and Asian countries in Germany. The association gave particular emphasis in its meetings and publications to food security and sustainable development. In addition a group of international scientists created in Goettingen in 2007 a more focussed association, the International Foundation of Sustainable Development in Africa and Asia (IFSDAA). The founding members elected Prof. Dr. Hans Meliczek as IFSDAA president.

During the meeting of the General Assembly of IFSDAA held in Szeged in June 2010 the participants recommended to register the association as a non-profit association in the form of “eingetragener Verein” in Germany. In accordance with this request a new association called International Society for Sustainable Development and Agriculture (ISSDA) has been established. Its president is once more H. Meliczek.

IFSDAA organized the following three international seminars:

First International Seminar on Food Security, Biomass Energy and Livelihood Strategies, 18 to 20 November 2007, Goettingen.

It was attended by more than 50 scientists from 12 different countries. The contributions they have presented at or prepared for the seminar have been compiled in a book issued by Agrobios International:, Jodpur, India.

As the title of the seminar suggests the papers presented and the topics discussed covered a wide range of subjects including visions on future farming trends, bio-energy and rhizosphere. A total of 28 papers pertained to sustainable agriculture and plant nutrition. Among the important issues that were addressed were rhizosphere and bio-fertilizers, plant-microbe interactions, integrated natural resource management, agricultural production practices, remote sensing, trade policies, pollution control, livestock production and management, livelihood strategies and women empowerment.

The participants acknowledged that future agricultural development will be determined to a large extent by the introduction of up to date biotechnologies. In this context several lecturers highlighted crop improvement strategies in wheat, maize, clusterbean and enset, biodiversity policies and genetically modified cotton hybrids.

Second International Seminar on Land Resources and Land Use Options, Challenges for Food Security and Sustainable Development, 14 to 19 July 2009, Goettingen

A large number of the 77 participants from 15 countries referred to the depletion of the natural resource base which has become apparent recently, including soil degradation due to over mining of nutrients, imbalanced fertilization, salinity due to excessive irrigation, water deficits and environmental pollution. It was pointed out that global warming, the uncertainty in rainfall; perpetual droughts and floods of varying intensities, etc. do affect crop production and land use. The participants covered a wide range of topics like crop sciences and crop improvement, plant microbe interactions, resource management and socio-economic aspects of land use. They warned that crop production on arable lands for bio-energy would lead to conflicts in food security until land resources are judiciously used. They recognized that increasing urbanization, the creation of special economic zones, government policies regarding land ownership, small holders’ priorities and other socio-economic factors would determine future land use as well as crop diversification.

They concluded that in order to sustain food and bio-energy supplies it would be important to improve the inherent potential of crops for increased use efficiency of natural and applied inputs, to increase stress tolerance, to harness plant microbe interactions, to use improved agro-technology and appropriate land use patterns for sustainable development.

The proceedings of the seminar consisting of 37 contributions were subsequently published in book form by Agrobios International,Jodpur,India under the title: Crop Science and Land Use for Food and Bio-Energy: by,  R.K.Behl, W.Mehrbach, H.Meliczek, C.Kaetsch, eds., 476 p.,  ISBN(10): 81-9043049-8-X

Third International Seminar on Food Security, Bio-energy and Sustainability, 31 May to 3 June 2010, Szeged, Hungary.

The seminar was hosted by the Cereal Research Ltd. Company, Szeged. It was attended by more than 70 participants from 15 countries. They contributed 35 lectures and over 50 posters presentations. Nine papers analysed the socio-economic aspects of food security and sustainability referring among others to situations in India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Georgia and Hungary. One lecturer informed the participants about GenStat, a free use programme for teaching world wide and free use for research in developing countries.

The topic resource management was reviewed by 15 authors dealing inter alia with remote sensing, assessment of soil productivity, sustainable crop production, renewable energy sources, bio-diversity of rice in Iran, bio-fuels in South Africa and Japan, bio-inoculation in India and organo-mineral fertilization in Hungary. Papers on crop improvement aspects covered evolutionary breeding of cereals, organic plant breeding, breeding of hybrids, nitrogen use efficiency, intake of micro-elements, resistance to virus diseases and genetic studies on yield of wheat.

The proceedings of the seminar have been published by Agrobios International, Jodpur, India under the title: Crop Science and Technology to Food  Security by R.K. Behl, L.Bona, J.Pauk, W.Mehrbach and A. Veha,  eds., 2012, 486p.

International Seminar on Sustainable Land Use and the Food Chain -From the Producer to the Consumer, 1 to 3 December 2011

After the creation of ISSDA in January 2011 as a successor institution of IFSDAA its founding members initiated preparations for its first international seminar with the title:  International Seminar on Sustainable Land Use and the Food Chain – From the Producer to the Consumer. The seminar took place from December 1 to 3, 2011 in Göttingen, Germany.
The program included presentations by researchers, scientists of various universities, research facilities and by authors from industry and public authorities. Several European countries were represented, almost half of the participants were from 14 countries including Canada and countries of Asia, Africa and South America. The origin of the participants reflected the objective of the organizers: to make this seminar an international knowledge hub for the scientific exchange of experiences and information.
The subjects of the seminar comprised specific subjects like emerging technologies for sustainable wheat production, genetic option for wheat production and phosphorus uptake of wheat as well as more general topics like organic farming, safe drinking water, food quality control, farmer participation and biodiversity, vegetable and oil supply chain and the contribution of plant and animal breeders for sustainable agriculture. One paper reviewed the food security situation in intervals of 30 years from 1864 to 2014 with a perspective to 2044 and 2074.
The participants undertook an excursion to the Fruchthof in Northeim,  a wholesale enterprise that imports fruits, vegetable and dairy products and distributes them throughout central Germany.
The proceedings have been published by Cuvillier Verlag, Goettingen under the title: Sustainable Land Use and the Food Chain, From the Producer to the Consumer, by H. Meliczek and C. Kaetsch (eds.)2012, 133 p.ISBN:978-3-95404-191-6




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