Co-Conveners: Dina Zilberg, BGU, and Amit Gross, BIDR
Food security, specifically in water scarce regions, is a local and global aim which with climate change and sustainability issues requires innovative solutions.
Many Arid regions including Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East
are presently characterized by rapid population growth and urbanization that
goes hand in hand with loss of agricultural land. Hence, suitable production
practices should be tailor made for the increased population density resulting
with an increasing demand for agriculture products. Aquaculture practices have
substantial potential to expand and supply the above increasing demand. In
addition, aquaculture uses a significant amount of water and produces various
types of effluents. When correctly handled, it can be recycled as a source of
water, energy, feed and/or nutrients. In other words waste generated in
aquaculture can be managed to promote a global circular water economy and
advance sustainable management practices. Currently, there is an enormous need
for high quality products grown next to the customer, that can be grown
sustainably with limited resources (i.e. water, nutrients and energy) and with
minimal environmental footprint.
This session is aimed to present sustainable, next generation solutions for aquaculture production, such as (but not limited) to novel production systems, aquafeeds, and sustainable aquatic animal health approaches.