General Lecture series: Adapting and Mitigating Salinity


The Salt Doctors and IVM have co-developed a lecture series about adapting and mitigating salinity. You can follow the course online on Saline Agriculture - Asia Water Academy


In this course, Dr. Bas Bruning and Mr. Pim van Tongeren will introduce you to the topic of salinity and saline agriculture. The course will take a global multi-disciplinary approach. Ecological, geological, hydroclimatic, social and economic perspectives will all be discussed. First, multiple concepts related to salinity will be addressed, including causes and effects. Afterwards, practical solutions for mitigating and adapting to salinity that are grounded in science will be provided. Finally, multiple case studies and examples from the field will be discussed, in order to understand the subject in pragmatic fashion.

After each lesson, there will be some quiz questions to evaluate the content of that lesson. Furthermore, reading material will be provided to supplement the lessons. After completion of the course, additional resource materials can be accessed to learn about for your continuous skill development. This material is not mandatory to finish the course and the completion of it will not be taken into account in calculating the pass grading of your course.

Students' Requirement:

No specific skills and knowledge required. Though some general understanding and interest in food systems and climate change scenarios will help to put things in proper perspective.

Learning Objectives:

After completion of this course, what participants will be able to:

  • Understand the causes and effects of salinisation on ecological, social and economic levels
  • Learn about different implications of salinisation in different regional and climatic contexts
  • Apply the United Nations’ framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the topic of salinity
  • Understand the differences between salinity mitigation and salinity adaptation
  • Know of different practical field level problems and applications in order to successfully practise saline agriculture
  • Understand about how saline agriculture can be integrated into mixed farming systems
  • Know of many successful, impactful saline agriculture practical examples from the field across the globe

List of lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Salinisation

Lesson 2: Adapting and Mitigating Salinity

Lesson 3: Saline Agriculture in Practice

About the Instructors:

Bas Bruning has more than ten years of experience in the field of crop salt tolerance, and the practical implementation of saline agriculture. It is his goal to help farmers worldwide to increase their yields under saline conditions through the means of a social enterprise: the Salt Doctors. Through his extensive international experience, he knows what is needed to get the right knowledge in the hands of those who need it most: the farmers.

Pim van Tongeren is a researcher in the department of Environmental Policy Analysis of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. He works on the SALAD project (Saline Agriculture as a Strategy to Adapt to Climate Change). It addresses the research area of food security under climate change through saline agriculture, aligning vision, research and practice among European and African countries focusing on saline agriculture upscaling.

Asia Water Academy is an online water, environment and climate education platform for professionals in Asia who seek to improve their skills and knowledge through interdisciplinary and practice-oriented courses.

Lecture series: Adapting and Mitigating Salinity

Saline Agriculture - Asia Water Academy


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