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ICBA, Dubai Carbon team up for green projects

DUBAI, April 11, 2018

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) have joined forces to further strengthen the existing partnership and collaborate in sustainable agriculture and development.

The collaboration was formalised through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by Dr Ismahane Elouafi, director general of ICBA and Ivano Iannelli, chief executive officer of DCCE.
Through this partnership, both organisations agreed to cooperate in technical research, knowledge sharing, capacity building and project development.

The collaboration includes reviewing technical aspects of research projects of mutual interest and support in equipment supply, sharing content highlighting ICBA’s contributions and efforts under its mandate in different areas, including but not limited to green economy, sustainability, sustainable development, food security and nutrition and capacity development, to be featured in DCCE’s knowledge products such as national reports and The Sustainabilist magazine.

Moreover, the collaboration includes promoting joint initiatives through outreach activities and developing knowledge hubs to address current regional needs in agricultural sustainability.

The agreement also covers brainstorming and collaboration on studying the needs of the Mena region in agricultural sustainability and developing project concepts for implementation in collaboration with concerned government entities.

Dr Elouafi said: “ICBA is delighted to partner with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence to work together on sustainability projects. Sustainability is one of the core areas addressed by ICBA research and development programs. Through partnerships with national, regional and international organizations, we have so far implemented our programs in over 30 countries. I am sure this new partnership with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence will further boost our efforts to work towards sustainable agricultural production and a more food and nutrition secure world.”

Iannelli said: “ICBA is pivotal towards regional success stories in the food, water and energy nexus. Their work has created a tangible knowledge base that can enhance our soil and water management best practices amongst an array of other scalable initiatives linked to carbon emission mitigation and adaptation.”

As an applied agricultural research center, ICBA has been working to address current and future risks and problems in marginal areas. Since 1999, the center has been identifying, testing and piloting resource-efficient, climate-smart crops and technologies in salt affected, water scarce and drought vulnerable regions around the world.

As a result, ICBA has accumulated extensive applied experience and developed tailor made solutions to the problems of salinity, water scarcity and drought. The centre is uniquely positioned to introduce much needed climate-smart crops and technologies in different parts of the world to alleviate projected food and water crises. – TradeArabia News Service




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