Saline Futures Conference

The Saline Futures Conference will take place between 10-13 September 2019 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands and invite researchers, policy makers, professionals, farmers and other entrepreneurs. The conference is organised by the EU Intereg North Sea partners in the SalFar project, in particular by the Waddenacademie in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

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 food security is a pressing issue, millions of hectares of degraded soils are available world-wide, fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce and 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.

For more information, visit the event website.

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