Plenary Lecture

Climate Adaptive Land Reclamation and Improvement Systems – An Integrated Approach of Food Security, Low-Carbon Energy, Sustainable Water Management and Climate Change Mitigation

Professor Rares Halbac-Cotoara-Zamfir
Politehnica University of Timisoara

Abstract: Land degradation affects large areas of Eastern Europe where social, economic and political changes generated high pressures on land resources, all of these under the global climate change. Agricultural lands and agricultural production are threatened by climate changes especially due to the severe changes in rainfall and temperatures variability requiring counteracting measures like land reclamation and improvement arrangements. Land Reclamation and Improvement arrangements are managing land, water and plants, are both energy users and providers, have a strong impact on land management and are answering to climate changes by mitigating their effects and by creating microclimates.
Policy makers need a set of measures from a wide range of fields in selecting and implementing innovative climate adaptive land reclamation systems using an innovative trans-disciplinary approach, integrating both stakeholders and scientists knowledge as well as results from case studies and covering a range of pressures and threats on agricultural water management in different bio-physical and socio-economic environments across Europe.
The presentation will debate an integrated approach of food security, low-carbon energy, sustainable water management and climate change mitigation using innovative climate adaptive Land Reclamation and Improvement systems.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Rares Halbac-Cotoara-Zamfir is Assistant Professor Engineer at the “Politehnica” University of Timisoara, Romania, he has a MSc in Environment Protection and a PhD in Civil Engineering. He spent eleven years in academia as PhD candidate and Assistant Professor with teaching and transnational project research responsibilities in civil engineering (land reclamation and improvement, sustainable land management, water resources management), sustainable development, human resources, environment protection. Since 2004, Dr. Halbac-Cotoara-Zamfir published more than 90 scientific papers, almost half of them being indexed in ISI Web of Science, SCOPUS and other well known international databases.
He is reviewer and member of editorial board for several international journals. Member of IACSIT, EWRA, ECRR, he was invited to be reviewer and chairman for several international conferences. He published more than 10 books about water management, environment protection and human resources in Romania and abroad.

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