Salinization is a problem long being associated to agriculture, both as a constraint and as the result of inappropriate practices. In addition, agriculture intensification, as well as changes in temperature and precipitation patterns expected from climate change, are likely to further affect the salt-water balance of fragile ecosystems.
Information on the relations between climate change, salt affected habitats and salinization processes is scattered. There is a need to have a better picture of which are the most affected or vulnerable areas and promote practices that can be used to adapt agricultural production in fragile areas to climate change. This will contribute to food security and reducing stress on ecosystems.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Universidad de Valencia, together with several sponsors, are convening a Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change. The Forum will held in Valencia, Spain, from the 25 to 29 October 2010. See more at www.uv.es/jorba/GFSCC2010
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