BeBi Agricultural and Environmental Benefits from Biochar use in ACP Countries PDF Print E-mail

BeBi Agricultural and Environmental Benefits from Biochar use in ACP Countries - Final Conference


FAO, Rome

September 6, 2013

webpage of the organizers 

The 1st FOREBIOM Workshop PDF Print E-mail

The 1st FOREBIOM Workshop:
Potentials of Biochar to mitigate climate change

Biochar is seen as a potential solution for mitigating climate change. In theory, additional carbon might be sequestered when using biochar as a soil amendment and the process heat during pyrolysis is directly used or converted to electricity via ORC. Bio-oil might be used alternatively to substitute fossil fuels. However, a range of issues is still not clear and further research is needed in various disciplines. The first FOREBIOM workshop, organized back-to-back with the European Geosciences Union General Assembly (7th - 12. April 2013) aims at assessing the potential of biochar production for energy and subsequently as an soil amendment to improve soil properties. Current research is presented by internationally recognized researchers from leading institutions (UK biochar research center, GFZ Potsdam, IIASA, AIT...) and target areas of increased need for further research will be identified.

Participation is free of charge!

 Scientific programme, conference registration and and abstract submission at the workshop webpage

1st Mediterranean Biochar Symposium PDF Print E-mail

Mediterranean Biochar Symposium


Presentation: Biochar - An economic challenge

Second INTERREG NSR Biochar Conference PDF Print E-mail
73. ANS Symposium - Biokohle im Blick - Herstellung, Einsatz und Bewertung
19.9. und 20.9.2012, Umweltforum Auferstehungskirche, Berlin

Terra Preta - Altes Wissen - Moderne Loesung
Christoph Steiner

Webpage des Veranstalters ANS
Joint FAO IAEA Conference, July 2012 PDF Print E-mail
International Conference on Managing Soils for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Vienna Austria, 23-27 July 2012
European Special Committee on Agriculture PDF Print E-mail
The Informal Ministers meeting on agriculture and rural development gathered Ministers from the EU Member States and candidate countries together with the EU Commissioner for Agricultural and Rural Development, the Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Agricultural and Rural Development and members of the Special Committee on Agriculture. The purpose was to have informal debates on current agricultural issues and the presidency has arranged a visit to BalckCarbon for the Special Committee on Agriculure.

Who's who
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   Thomas Harttung explains how sustainable land management can maximize carbon sequestration in landscapes (green carbon) 
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 Lone Telling counts greenhouse gas emissions, avoided emissions and sequestered carbon  Christoph Steiner explains Biochar Carbon Sequestration, carbon negative energy and how to link bio-energy with sustainable land use.
Informal Meeting of Ministers for Environment PDF Print E-mail
EU2012_Logo_EN.pngApril 18, 2012, Horsens, Denmark

During the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Environment, ministers visited Barritskov and BlackCarbon - a very innovative approach to sustainability.

List of Participants

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 The Ministers received an introduction to biochar carbon sequestration  
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 peat substitution with biochar  Ida Auken, Minister of Environment Denmark takes a handful of carbon
HRH Prince Charles Visit of Barritskov Farm PDF Print E-mail
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall Visit Barritskov Farm
March 27, 2012

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 His Royal Highness visits the BlackCabon CHP biochar unit  Biochar uses as growing media and growing media additive
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 Planted in pure biochar  
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 Seedlings in pure biochar  
United Nations Climate Change Conference Cancun - COP 16 / CMP 6 PDF Print E-mail
 United Nations Climate Change Conference Cancun - COP 16 / CMP 6

The United Nations Climate Change Conference is taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010. It encompasses the sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP) and the sixth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), as well as the thirty-third sessions of both the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), and the fifteenth session of the AWG-KP and thirteenth session of the AWG-LCA.

Biochar - Building Synergies Between Agriculture, Renewable Energy Production and Carbon Sequestration was presented at the Agriculture and Rural Development Day.
Summary in the Outreach Magazine
Biochar Hangzhou, China Oct, 2010 PDF Print E-mail

The International Symposium on Environmental Behavior and Effects of Biomass-Derived Charcoal

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October 10 and 11, 2010

Host organizations:
Zhejiang University
China National Research Center of Bamboo
Institute of Soil Science Research, China Academy of Science

Presentation: Biochar - Ancient Origins Modern Solutions

Most presentations can be downloaded from the IBI webpage

In Hangzhou, China, participants could visit a "charcoal" shop and discover unexpected new uses (non-fuel use) of biochar. Larger images in the gallery .

 The Charcoal Shop in Hangzhou
 A charcoal toothbrush
 Charcoal socks
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 Dental hygiene with charcoal
 Charcoal toothpaste
 Charcoal toothpaste
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Pore deep charcoal strip for nose care

3rd International Biochar Conference PDF Print E-mail

September 12-15, 2010, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Biochar Use in the Poultry Industry

Biochar Carbon Sequestration in Tropical Land Use Systems

All other presentations
U.S. Biochar Initiative Conference 2010 PDF Print E-mail

The conference started with a Pre-conference Symposium and the release of a U.S. Focused Biochar Report: Assessment of Biochar's Benefits for North America. Click here to view the presentations

View a short conference summary in the first issue of Carbon Management Journal

Downlowad the Report
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Terra Preta presentations

All presentations

Northeast Biochar Symposium 2009 PDF Print E-mail
The Northeast Biochar Symposium 2009 highlighted current biochar research and technological advances and provided vital information to public officials, researchers, farmers and landscape professionals, green industry businesses, and sustainable energy professionals. This comprehensive symposium presented clear, practical, professional, science-based information .

Click here for presentations, schedule, etc
XVI International Oil Palm Conference and Expopalma PDF Print E-mail

Biochar related presentations

Christoph Steiner: The Prospects of Biochar: Carbon Sequestration, Nutrient Cycling and Energy Generation

2009 FPPC Technology Summit PDF Print E-mail

Theme: “Sustainability and Utilizing Renewable Resources at the Farm”

August 26th – 28th, 2009 St. Petersburg, Florida

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2nd Terra Preta Workshop 2009 PDF Print E-mail
The Terra Preta Nova Group used the opportunity to meet during the annual meeting of the Brazilian Society for Scientific Progress (SBPC) . The meeting took place in Manaus, July 16 and 17, 2009. More than 16 oral presentations provided an impressive overview about Brazilian Terra Preta and Biochar research (download agenda )

Download presentation (Steiner and Woods)
The presentation provides an overview on the history of Terra Preta and Biochar research. The biochar history is older than expected and biochar is not as exotic as sometimes thought.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, 1-12 December 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Information note: Use of biochar (charcoal) to replenish soil carbon pools, restore soil fertility and sequester CO2

Submission by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
4th Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the
Convention (AWG-LCA 4), Poznan, 1-10 December 2008

Our biochar proposal submitted to COP-14 in Poland (UN Climate Change Conference) was accepted by the UNFCCC for the dialogue for the post 2012 climate regime. This is an important step towards UN certified emissions reductions (CER) and clean development mechanism (CDM) projects.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) AfricaViewPoint encourage that African countries negotiate the inclusion of biochar tehcnniques as approved methodologies in the CDM.
Bioenergy Days 2008 PDF Print E-mail

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Conference Program and presentations

Biochar related presentations:

Robert C. Brown, Iowa State University
Biomass Conversion: Gasification and Pyrolysis

Daniel Geller, The University of Georgia
Multicomponent Bio-oil/Biodiesel Based Fuels

Christoph Steiner, The University of Georgia
How to be Carbon Negative
2nd inernational Biochar Conference 2008 PDF Print E-mail
September 8-10
Newcastle-Gateshead, UK

The Conference will explore prospects for biochar as a stable means of soil carbon storage and the only carbon-negative biomass energy production system.

Conference Flyer (pdf)

Goodpeed Kopolo (UNCCD) delineated the UNCCD biochar initiative, important previous achievements and urgent policy actions to include biochar carbon sequestration in the post-2012 climate change regime. View presentation
Africa Carbon Forum 2008 PDF Print E-mail
africacarbonforum.jpg The Africa Carbon Forum with the intention to improve the level of participation in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

UNFCCC Secretariat in collaboration with:
The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The World Bank
And the African Development Bank

The prospects for biochar carbon sequestration and urgent policy actions to include biochar in the CDM mechanism along with afforestation and reforestation was presented
view presentation

Africa Carbon Forum Bulletin - A Summary Report of the African Carbon Forum (pdf)
Published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
EUROSOIL 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Eurosoil.jpg August 25-29, 2008 Vienna, Austria

"Nitrogen retention and plant uptake on a highly weathered central Amazonian Ferralsol amended with compost and charcoal"

Session: Soil Organic Matter - Land use
Date: Thursday, August 28
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: HS 8
16th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16) 2008 PDF Print E-mail

CSD-16 5-16 May 2008, New York

Learning Centre

Friday, 9 May 2008

Linking Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change: Processes, Policies and Actions by UNCCD

Linking Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change - Processes, Plocies & Actions

Sustainable Land Management and its Relation to Climate Change by Mr. Michael Stocking Vice-Chair, GEF-STAP Professor, University of East Anglia

Soil Charcoal Amendments to Maintain Soil Fertility and Fix Carbon: Scenarios for Major Eco-Regions by Mr. Christoph Steiner, University of Georgia

Policies and Operational Strategies - Developing a Science Vision for GEF-5: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel to the Global Environment Facility by Mr. Michael Stocking

United Nations Climate Change Conference - Bali 2007 PDF Print E-mail
UNlogo.jpgBiochar and charcoal carbon capture at the United Nations Climate Change Conference - Bali, 3 - 14 December 2007! (UNFCCC)

The Conference brought together representatives of over 180 countries together with observers from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the media.

UNCCD: Sustainable land management for adaptation to climate change
Presented by the UNCCD

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 "Sustainable land management is a key issue to address climate change in the post 2012 climate regime. A key item is biochar"

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin on the side (ENBOTS, pdf )
The Earth Negotiations Bulletin on the side (ENBOTS, html )
 MEA Bulletin
A newsletter on the activities of key multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and their secretariats, Issue No. 38, Thursday, 20 December 2007, Published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

UNCCD Side event at the United Nations Climate Change Conference Bali, 13 December 2007. more..

Format of the side event

International Agrichar Initiative 2007 Conference PDF Print E-mail

IAI Conference, April 29 - May 2, 2007,  Terrigal, New South Wales, Australia

download Conference Booklet (pdf)

WCSS 2006 PDF Print E-mail

18th World Congress of Soil Science, 9-15 July 2006, Pennsylvania, USA

First Biochar Conference 2004 PDF Print E-mail

Energy & Agricultural Carbon Utilization - sustainable alternatives to sequestration

Conference at the University of Georgia, 10-11 June, 2004

The Energy and Carbon Utilization Symposium held at the University of Georgia June 10-11 2004 brought energy producers and policy makers with agricultural ecologists, soil scientists, engineers and private-sector companies from around the world together. For the first time, the symposium offered a platform to present and discuss findings on sustainable energy and biochar carbon sequestration. Based on the anthropogenic Amazonian dark earths, known as Terra the feasibility of its replication and biochar carbon sequestration was discussed within an interdisciplinary group.

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First Terra Preta Workshop 2002 PDF Print E-mail

First Terra Preta workshop in Manaus, 13-19 July 2002, Foto W.G.Teixeira