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Utilizing the reject brine from desalination for implementing integrated agri-aquaculture farming in desert areas

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14-15 November 2019. Madrid. International Symposium on the use of Non-Conventional Waters to achieve Food Security
DESALINATION - “Advancing desalination: reducing energy consumption and environmental footprint”
Presentation by Ms Dionysia Lyra, International Centre on Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), United Arab Emirates

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Utilizing the reject brine from desalination for implementing integrated agri-aquaculture farming in desert areas

  1. 1. Utilizing the reject brine from desalination for implementing integrated agri-aquaculture farming in desert areas Dionysia Angeliki Lyra International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, Dubai, United Arab Emirates E-mail address: d.lyra@biosaline.org.ae International Symposium on the use of Non-Conventional Waters to achieve Food Security 14-15 November 2019, Madrid, Spain
  2. 2. ICBA’s Global Reach
  3. 3. Challenge: Food & nutrition security enhancement in Desert environments ↓
  4. 4. Potential to implement the integrated agri-aquaculture farming Modular farms Vegetables Fish Livestock Multi-purpose Halophytes Salt-tolerant grasses as forage Efficient (↑ water & nutrients use efficiency) Climate Resilient (↑ diversity of crops) Innovative (low-quality water, halophytes) Food and nutrition security (Multi-source food)
  5. 5. Sustainable Easy to operate Cost- effective Productive Profitable Six Principles of modular farms development Tailormade
  6. 6. Objectives of IAAS research 1. Testing different combinations of IAAS that incorporate saline water sources 2. Evaluating the economic feasibility and environmental sustainability of IAAS 3. Scaling-up IAAS farming in other regions 4. Developing guidelines for IAAS implementation and on the proper practices for the safe use of saline water resources used for fish farming and halophytes irrigation 5. Capacity building of extension services and farmers through training courses in order to get familiar with the IAAS, its components and proper management
  7. 7. Research Beneficiaries - Rural communities located in hot and dry areas could benefit from the inland and coastal modular farms in the MENA region, South America, the southern USA and the Mediterranean Basin. - IAAS have the advantage that can be adapted at any location from the least developed countries and small island states to high income countries depending on the level of investment.
  8. 8. Past ICBA research highlights on IAAS
  9. 9. Coastal farm in Umm Al Quwain in UAE
  10. 10. Coastal farmInland farm
  11. 11. Current projects on IAAS EXPO project Phase II IAAS @ Red Sea Governorate in Egypt - HSBC project
  12. 12. Future plans and tentative projects • Algae incorporation in IAAS • Use of the RO-brine from solar desalination units • Morocco / Laayoune area: Inland and Coastal IAAS in collaboration with OCP-Foundation • Cape Verde: Developing IAAS for SIDs (Small Island Development States) in collaboration with FAO – WASAG
  13. 13. Center of Excellence looking at Agriculture for Tomorrow Thank you! ICBA is a founding member of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) www.biosaline.org

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