Interested contributors have until January 31, 2022 to submit abstracts for the IAEA’s International Symposium on Land and Water Management for Climate-Friendly Agriculture, which will take place from July 25 to 29, 2022 at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria .
Agriculture faces enormous challenges in meeting the increasing food needs due to population growth. This challenge is exacerbated by climate change with more frequent extreme weather events due to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to global warming.
Agriculture is not only affected by climate change, it is also an integral part of the climate problem. It causes about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions and these are expected to continue to rise. It is also important to manage land and water sustainably, to increase their productivity and to conserve these natural resources.
Organized in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the symposium will promote the exchange of experiences and expected developments in nuclear and related technologies for climate-friendly agriculture. It will serve as a platform to highlight new developments in nuclear and isotopic techniques, tools and technology packages to build and improve soil resilience to climate change, adapt agricultural practices and improve land and water management for their sustainable productivity. The symposium will also discuss the development of techniques to predict radionuclide uptake and dynamics to optimize the remediation of radioactively contaminated agricultural land.
“With the recent progress report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the rapid, intensified and widespread climate change affecting every aspect of our lives including agriculture, our symposium becomes all the more important,” said Najat Mokhtar, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications.
“Nuclear technologies have a lot to offer to support containment and adaptation efforts, especially in climate-smart agriculture, sustainable land water use and the environment.”
The conference will bring together leading scientists, academics, experts from research laboratories and representatives from non-governmental and international organizations and donors at international, regional and national levels to discuss knowledge gaps, research needs and new capacity building opportunities and global technology transfer.
The main topics of the event that are expected to be covered in the papers include
- Plant nutrition and productivity and ecosystem services on farms;
- Soil protection, erosion and health, soil degradation, biodiversity, plant production;
- Improving water use efficiency, threats / impacts on agricultural water quality;
- Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions;
- Detecting pollutants and assessing their threats to crop production and the environment;
- Advances in nuclear-based techniques in soil and water research;
- Integration of nuclear techniques with other advanced methods such as digital technology, geographic information systems (GIS), deep learning and modeling techniques.
The IAEA supports countries in the safe and appropriate use of nuclear and related technologies in food and agriculture with the aim of contributing to global food security and sustainable agricultural development worldwide. The Joint FAO / IAEA Center of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture conducts adaptive research and development in the unique laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria. In addition, the IAEA carries out more than 25 coordinated research projects with around 400 research facilities and test stations and supports capacity building and technology transfer through over 200 national and regional technical cooperation projects.
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