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ISCRAES 2022, the Second International Symposium on Climate-Resilient Agri-Environmental Systems, Dublin, 28-31 August

Published: Wednesday, 24 August, 2022

ISCRAES 2022, the Second International Symposium on Climate-Resilient Agri-Environmental Systems, is taking place in Dublin on 28-31 August. The main theme of this symposium is “Implementing the New Green Deal: The Path Towards Sustainable Agriculture" and reflects a focus on the potential opportunities and resources that are required to achieve a sustainable Europe and planet by tackling the environmental, climate, and societal challenges that we face.

Globally climate change is one of the most important issues facing the agricultural sector and this, in turn, contributes significantly to climate change through enhanced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Other environmental concerns associated with agriculture include increased water, air, and soil pollution. Minimising any impacts represents a big challenge for the agri-food sector, given the need to significantly enhance food production. To meet the dual challenge of enhancing food production whilst minimising any environmental impact, in line with the UN-SDGs, cooperation with stakeholders from both the public and private sectors is required. This will also require significant steps in the development and adoption of technologies with a low carbon/GHG footprint throughout the whole lifecycle/supply chain.

Green pasture showing fields and a hill with clouds overheard

Given that agriculture is also a major contributor to GHG emissions, it could also play a significant role in meeting GHG mitigation targets, but this needs to be achieved in a sustainable way without compromising agricultural productivity. This is a global challenge as agriculture contributes significantly to the economy but is, in turn, a major contributor to national GHG emissions and environmental degradation and has a significant negative impact on biodiversity. This symposium will provide a platform to discuss the scientific and technical aspects of the range of cross-cutting issues associated with the environmental impact of agriculture, including public perception, regulatory and socio-economic factors.