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Soils Newsletter, Vol. 35, No. 2, January 2013

Abstract

One of the notable successes of the SWMCN Subprogramme in 2012 was the FAO/IAEA Symposium on 'Managing Soils for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation'. This International Symposium was held from 23-27 July, with the participation of over 400 scientists and policy makers from 80 Member States. There were 85 oral papers and 136 poster papers covering a wide range of topics, including managing soils for crop production and ecosystem services, preserving and protecting soil resources, soil and water conservation for pollution control, managing soils for climate change adaptation and mitigation, managing agricultural water for climate change adaptation, recent advances in nuclear techniques and applications and the Global Soil Partnership. The Joint FAO/IAEA Division joined forces with the FAO-Land and Water Division to promote awareness of the FAO Global Soil Partnership. Mr. Alexander Mueller, Assistant Director General of the FAO Natural Resources Department, delivered an exciting opening address on the importance of soil and land management for sustainable agriculture. Following on the heels of the FAO/IAEA Symposium was the 2012 IAEA Scientific Forum (18-19 September) entitled 'Food for the Future: Meeting the Challenges with Nuclear Applications'. This Forum brought together distinguished scientists and policy makers from different countries,  More>>
Publication Date:
Jan 15, 2013
Product Type:
Miscellaneous
Report Number:
INIS-XA-13R0025
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; 58 GEOSCIENCES; BIOFUELS; CLIMATIC CHANGE; COORDINATED RESEARCH PROGRAMS; DOMESTIC ANIMALS; ECOSYSTEMS; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; FAO; FOOD; GENETICS; IAEA; NUTRIENTS; NUTRITION; PEST CONTROL; PRODUCTIVITY; SALINITY; SOILS; TCP; WATER; WATER QUALITY; WATER RESOURCES
OSTI ID:
22069522
Research Organizations:
Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section, Vienna (Austria); FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratory, Seibersdorf (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 1011-2650; TRN: XA13R0025028960
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form. Also available on-line: http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Publications/PDF/Newsletters/SNL-35-2.pdf; Web sites: http://www-naweb.iaea.org/nafa/index.html; http://www.fao.org/ag/portal/index_en.html
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
40 page(s)
Announcement Date:
Mar 14, 2013

Citation Formats

None. Soils Newsletter, Vol. 35, No. 2, January 2013. IAEA: N. p., 2013. Web.
None. Soils Newsletter, Vol. 35, No. 2, January 2013. IAEA.
None. 2013. "Soils Newsletter, Vol. 35, No. 2, January 2013." IAEA.
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abstractNote = {One of the notable successes of the SWMCN Subprogramme in 2012 was the FAO/IAEA Symposium on 'Managing Soils for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation'. This International Symposium was held from 23-27 July, with the participation of over 400 scientists and policy makers from 80 Member States. There were 85 oral papers and 136 poster papers covering a wide range of topics, including managing soils for crop production and ecosystem services, preserving and protecting soil resources, soil and water conservation for pollution control, managing soils for climate change adaptation and mitigation, managing agricultural water for climate change adaptation, recent advances in nuclear techniques and applications and the Global Soil Partnership. The Joint FAO/IAEA Division joined forces with the FAO-Land and Water Division to promote awareness of the FAO Global Soil Partnership. Mr. Alexander Mueller, Assistant Director General of the FAO Natural Resources Department, delivered an exciting opening address on the importance of soil and land management for sustainable agriculture. Following on the heels of the FAO/IAEA Symposium was the 2012 IAEA Scientific Forum (18-19 September) entitled 'Food for the Future: Meeting the Challenges with Nuclear Applications'. This Forum brought together distinguished scientists and policy makers from different countries, highlighting the successful applications of nuclear techniques in plant breeding and genetics, animal production and health, insect pest control, food and environmental protection and soil and water management and crop nutrition. Further details of the FAO/IAEA Symposium and the 2012 Scientific Forum can be found in the Feature Article Section of this Newsletter. After September, the following three Consultants Meetings (CM) were held at IAEA in Vienna, with contributions from FAO colleagues and international experts: (i) 'Area-wide water salinity management for improving agricultural productivity and food security in arid and semi-arid regions'; (ii) 'Agro-ecosystem carbon and nutrient budgeting to assess land resource sustainability for food and biofuel production in marginal lands'; and (iii) 'Optimizing soil and water resource efficiency in integrated cropping - livestock production systems'. These CMs will act as major springboards for the development of three Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs) in 2013, which aim to address major soil, water and nutrient management issues for climate smart agriculture, sustainable multifunctional food/biofuel production systems and integrated cropping - livestock agriculture. Currently there are five ongoing CRPs in the SWMCN Subprogramme, with the CRP D1.20.09 entitled: 'Managing Irrigation Water to Enhance Crop Productivity under Water- Limiting Conditions: a Role for Isotopic Techniques (D1.20.09)' concluding in July 2012. The technical document (TECDOC) summarizing the results of this 5-year CRP is in the initial stage of preparation. In addition to the CRPs, the SWMCN Subprogramme also provided technical support to 52 Technical Cooperation Projects (TCPs) throughout the world in 2012. Of these TCPs, ten are regional projects, which include (a) four in Latin America on soil erosion - soil fertility - soil nutrient management, (b) four in the Asia-Pacific region on soil fertility, land productivity and land degradation and (c) two in Africa on small scale irrigation for high value crops and conservation agriculture practices. The SWMCN Laboratory of the SWMCN Subprogramme has also provided support to CRPs through research and development in soil carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions and agricultural water management. In addition, 43 fellows were trained in the SWMCN Laboratory during 2012. The challenges and opportunities of the SWMCN Subprogramme are entering a very exciting phase, with increasing focus and awareness of policy makers and farming communities around the world on the management of land and agricultural water resources for sustainable agriculture, which is resilient to climate change and variability. In addition, there is mounting pressure on the agricultural sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Land and water management tools and technologies are in increasing demand by cropping and livestock farmers to improve soil and water quality, reduce soil erosion and land degradation, minimize greenhouse gases from farmlands, improve soil fertility and produce more food per drop of water in both rainfed and irrigated lands.}
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