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

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.

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Coordinator

OASE FOUNDATION, ORGANISATION FOR AGRICULTURE IN SALINE ENVIRONMENTS

Address

Prins Hendriklaan 15
Amsterdam

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Jeannette HOEK (Dr)

Participants (8)

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UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR BIOSALINE AGRICULTURE

United Arab Emirates

BANGLADESH AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Bangladesh

PAKISTAN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

Pakistan

ACACIA INSTITUTE

Netherlands

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIA DE ARAGON / DIPUTACION GENERAL DE ARAG0N

Spain

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM

Germany

CENTRAL SOIL SALINITY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (ICAR DARE)

India

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 32502

  • Start date

    1 December 2006

  • End date

    31 August 2010

Funded under:

FP6-INCO

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 422 757

  • EU contribution

    € 1 198 817

Coordinated by:

OASE FOUNDATION, ORGANISATION FOR AGRICULTURE IN SALINE ENVIRONMENTS

Netherlands