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Saline Futures Conference

Addressing Climate Change and Food Security

Building a community of science and practice on saline agriculture

10-13 September 2019

Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

The conference invited researchers, policy makers, professionals, farmers and other entrepreneurs from all over the world to Leeuwarden. More than 30 nationalities attended the conference, including 30 farmers from the North sea region in the farmer cafes.


The conference was organised by the EU Intereg North Sea partners in the SalFar project, in particular by the Waddenacademie in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands and took place at van Hall Larenstein. See the complete programme.


Presentations, papers and posters were presented 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 products
•    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

The plenary sessions on 10 and 11 September were recorded and can be watched here. In 12 parallel sessions around 60 abstracts were presented. You can find the summaries of these abstracts in the book of abstracts.


Based on conference contributions and insights, the editorial team of Katarzyna Negacz, Pier Vellinga, Edward Barrett-Lennard, Redouane Choukr-Allah en Theo Elzenga worked on a publication "Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Saline Environments". This book is available both as an eBook and a printed version and available for free in Open Access at www.taylorfrancis.com.


See the photo-impression of the two days in Leeuwarden and excursions to Texel, Emden and Terschelling.

Poster competition

During the Saline Futures Conference, students and researchers who attend the conference presented their work in the poster competition. Three winners received a price of 500 EUR.

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Future conferences

The future conferences on the similar topic are ICBA’s Global Forum on Innovations for Marginal Environments and the 2nd International Conference on Haloculture.