Soil Salinity Management in Central and Southern Iraq

Published on 30 November 2010

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Timeline

Start Date: 5 December 2010 | End Date: 31 December 2012

Overview

With the goal of better livelihoods through improved and sustainable use of available water and soil resources in central and southern Iraq, the proposed project aims to assess
the drivers of salt distribution and soil and irrigation water salinity at different scales, and develop methodologies for salinity control and productivity enhancement.

There are four project objectives:

1) Develop a robust conceptualization of salinization processes in central and
southern Iraq based on information available on salinization at field and basin level
and quantify salt and water fluxes and areas affected by salinity;

2)Determine appropriate strategic approaches to manage salinity that suit local
environmental and socio-economic conditions;

3)Assessment of key productivity limitations and opportunities to wheat-based
irrigated agricultural systems;

4)Develop investment options for ongoing salinity management in Iraq.

With the goal of better livelihoods through improved and sustainable use of available

water and soil resources in central and southern Iraq, the proposed project aims to assess

the drivers of salt distribution and soil and irrigation water salinity at different scales, and

develop methodologies for salinity control and productivity enhancement. A component funded through the Italian government will focus on Improving the livelihoods and welfare of poor farmers through sustainable management of salt-affected soils and water resources in the Al Nassiriah area of Iraq.

There are four project objectives:

1) Develop a robust conceptualization of salinization processes in central and

southern Iraq based on information available on salinization at field and basin level

and quantify salt and water fluxes and areas affected by salinity;

2) Determine appropriate strategic approaches to manage salinity that suit local

environmental and socio-economic conditions;

3) Assessment of key productivity limitations and opportunities to wheat-based

irrigated agricultural systems;

4) Develop investment options for ongoing salinity management in Iraq.

One Response to “Soil Salinity Management in Central and Southern Iraq”

  1. Dr. Vincent Aduramigba says:

    I am interested in the soil salinity project. Is there an opportunity for collaboration with my institute (that has mandate for soil research in Nigeria). I am the Program Leader for Land and Water Resources Management.

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