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04 December 2018 - Published by Dorte Storper
SalFar Conference: “Saline Futures: Addressing Climate Change and Food Security” 10-13 September 2019 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Discover the global potential of saline agriculture

The aim of this conference is to showcase the global potential of saline agriculture. All stakeholders are invited, including political decision makers, business operators, land managers, civic society, researchers and research planners. With your participation, the aim is to create a platform for researchers and research-users to enhance food production on saline lands.

Research underway along the North Sea countries and elsewhere in the world illustrates the vast and so far underrated potential of growing food on soils generally qualified as saline. Food production on present and future saline soils deserves the world’s attention in particular because 1) food security is a pressing issue, 2) millions of hectares of degraded soils are available world-wide, 3) fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce, and 4) global sea level rise threatens food production in fertile coastal lowlands.

Capitalizing on the vast potential of saline agriculture requires a major interdisciplinary and collaborative research effort to inform effective and supportive policy frameworks and to evaluate the most promising methods for developing saline agriculture in different regions of the globe. The conference intends to build on the conclusions of earlier conferences, such as FAO’s Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change, Salinity Forum and ICBA’s International Workshop on Climate Change and Soil Salinity Dynamics.

 

Themes

Presentations, papers and posters will be invited on the following themes:

  • Saline agriculture as a way to adapt to climate change and sea level rise
  • Fresh water management in potentially saline soils
  • Revitalization of saline degraded lands
  • Economics and financing of saline farming and product
  • Microbiology of soils and plants
  • Innovation and practical experience at farm level
  • Experiments and promising crops
  • Regional policies, politics and governance on salinization
  • Awareness raising and capacity building for saline farming

During this two-day scientific conference and one or two-day field visits of test fields at Texel, Terschelling, Emden and possibly additional sites along the North Sea coast we aim to underpin and better utilize the potential of saline agriculture. Research, field test and market development are crucial in this phase.

The conference is organized by the SalFar project partners, in particular by the Wadden Academy in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Further information on the conference can be found on Wadden Academy website.

 

Interested?

Please express your interest via the website of the Wadden Academy. In the upcoming months, we will keep you updated on the programme, the call for papers, keynote speakers, and logistics. In case you would like to stay informed about the conference, please register your email address through the following link.

If you have any questions or if you need further information please contact Prof. Pier Vellinga pier.vellinga@waddenacademie.nl or Katarzyna Negacz katarzyna.negacz@waddenacademie.nl

 

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