UNCCD Promotes Use of Biochar at UN Climate Change Conference

L-R: Barney Dickson, UNEP; Robert Flanagan, Charion; Moderator Gregoire De Kalbermatten; Debbie Reed, International Biochar Initiative; Sergio Zelaya, UNCCD Secretariat. December 2008: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) presented a submission, titled Use of biochar (charcoal) to replenish soil carbon pools, restore soil fertility and sequester carbon dioxide, to the fourth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA4), which convened in Poznań, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008.

The UNCCD Secretariat also organized a side event on the topic, during which participants discussed the concept of mobilizing rural households to help reduce emissions from inefficient biomass burning stoves and halt soil degradation by using biochar, a by-product of high-efficiency stoves. [UNCCD Submission] [UNCCD Side event]