The mountain rangeland chain of Matmata (southern Tunisia) is characterised by an arid Mediterranean climate with severe droughts and high temperatures, combined with substantial human disturbance. In order to withstand these harsh conditions, plants...
Dr. Mounir Louhaichi has more than 25 years of experience in rangeland ecology and management, including over 10 years conducting research on alternative technologies for improved natural resource management.
is research focuses on documenting the indigenous knowledge of pastoral communities, rangeland restoration and governance; developing non-destructive techniques for monitoring and assessing rangeland plant communities; promoting agro-forestry practices and cactus pear as a multi-purpose species in agro-pastoral livelihood systems; and characterizing key rangeland species.
Prior to joining ICARDA in 2008, Dr. Louhaichi was a researcher at Oregon State University in the United States where he also worked with the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, US Geological Survey, and the US Department of Agriculture on various projects.
Dr. Louhaichi has authored more than 150 scientific and technical publications, including journal articles and training manuals. He is a certified GIS professional with a focus on landscape ecology and its applications for monitoring and assessing rangeland vegetation, herd movement across landscapes, and the impacts of climate change.
In 2013, Dr. Louhaichi was nominated deputy general coordinator for the FAO-ICARDA Cactus Network in Palermo, Italy. In 2015, he received an honorary faculty appointment from Oregon State University’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences, and in 2016 was elected vice president of the International Rangeland Congress in Saskatoon. He is a recipient of several awards and honors. Dr. Louhaichi holds a Ph.D. in rangeland ecology and management from Oregon State University.