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Biosaline agroforestry: remediation of saline wastelands through the production of biosaline biomass (for bioenergy, fodder and biomaterials)

Objective

Increasing salinity is more than a threat to agricultural production alone. It contributes to desertification, disrupts socio-economic structures, causes rural exodus. Biosaline agro-forestry applies innovative approaches to salinity, using the qualities o f salt tolerant species combined with improved soil- and water management practices. Research on this subject is by far not complete and the potentials of biosaline agriculture and forestry are insufficiently investigated.

The overall objective of the B IOSAFOR project is twofold:
1. To contribute to the development of biosaline agro-forestry systems for various saline environments (local/regional approach) and parallel to that
2. To explore the potentials and options for biomass production in saline environments (globally)

More specific objectives are:
- To indicate the special role of biosaline agro-forestry for degraded areas with saline soils and/or areas with brackish water resources
- To contribute to the regeneration of saline wastelands
- To select and screen tree species for the production of biomass in specific saline environments
- To develop agro-forestry systems for biomass production in different kind of saline environments
- To assess the economic and environmental performance of selected b iosaline agro-forestry production systems
- To estimate the amount of biomass that can globally be produced in saline environments
- To assess the potential contribution of biomass from saline environments to a sustainable biomass, respectively biofuel and biomaterial supply in DEV countries and the EU
- To disseminate the results to relevant gremia (decision makers, politicians) in the EU and to organizations dealing with salinity globally especially the biosaline networks.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-INCO-DEV-3
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Coordinator

OASE FOUNDATION, ORGANISATION FOR AGRICULTURE IN SALINE ENVIRONMENTS
Address
Prins Hendriklaan 15
Amsterdam
Netherlands

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Participants (8)

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
Utrecht

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INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR BIOSALINE AGRICULTURE
United Arab Emirates
Address
Al-ruwayya, Dubai-al Ain Highway
Dubai

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BANGLADESH AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Bangladesh
Address
Joydebpur
Gazipur

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PAKISTAN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
Pakistan
Address
Parc, G-5/1
Islamabad

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ACACIA INSTITUTE
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1085
Amsterdam

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CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIA DE ARAGON / DIPUTACION GENERAL DE ARAG0N
Spain
Address
Avda. Montanana 930
50059-zaragoza

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UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germany
Address
Schloss
Stuttgart

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Links
CENTRAL SOIL SALINITY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ICAR DARE)
India
Address
Cssri, Zarifa Farm, Kachhwa Road
Karnal

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