Mounir Louhaichi
Research Team Leader of Rangeland Ecology and Forages

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.

Mounir Louhaichi's Publications

Book Chapter
November 28, 2018

The technological advancements in agriculture have resulted in higher yields but lower ecological efficiency and nutritional value. Little innovations in later sectors such as integrating ecological functions in the production systems have crippled...

November 21, 2018

Le changement climatique est un des plus importants defis auquel le monde doit faire face aujourd’hui et dans le futur. Les secheresses prolongees et la desertification font partie des problemes rencontres par de nombreux pays, particulierement en...

Journal Article
November 03, 2018

Plants are important components of any rangeland. However, the importance of desert rangeland plant diversity has often been underestimated. It has been argued that desert rangelands of Tunisia in good ecological condition provide more services than...

October 07, 2018

Actualmente el cambio climatico es uno de los mas grandes retos que el mundo debe enfrentar, y en el futuro las sequias prolongadas y la desertificacion son los temas - entre otros-, que atenderan muchos paises, especialmente en Africa y Asia, donde...

October 20, 2017

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges the world must meet today and in the future. Prolonged droughts and desertification are among the issues faced by many countries, especially in Africa and Asia, where the rural poor and smallholders are...

Book Chapter
March 30, 2017

The Cactaceae family includes about 1 600 species native to America but disseminated worldwide. Opuntia is the most widely known genus in this family and O.ficus-indica (L.) Mill. is cultivated in more than 20 countries (Nefzaoui et al., 2014). Cacti...

Journal Article
February 01, 2016

Rangelands of Central Asia (referring to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in this study), the largest contiguous area of grazed land in the world, serve as an important source of livelihood for pastoral and agro...

Journal Article
November 26, 2013

Digital elevation models (DEM) can be used to derive a wealth of information about land surface morphology. When analyzed using GIS information about stream channels and watersheds it can determine the flow of water over the Earth’s surface...

Journal Article
January 29, 2013

Satellite-based technique of global positioning systems (GPS) is useful for tracking long-distance livestock movement across the grazing routes md to study the specific needs of livestock herders. There are two kinds of GPS tracking systems: live md...