NGI and partners aim at investigating the potential of biochar produced from organic waste to sequester carbon and improve soil quality and therefore livelihoods. Through this work a very relevant win-win can be obtained; mitigation of climate change and simultaneously improving soil fertility.
NGI currently has biochar initiatives in Zambia, Indonesia/Malaysia, Nepal, Tanzania and Brazil, coupled to laboratory work in Norway. The Zambia initiative is financed by Norad and the Zambian Conservation Farming Unit, partly supported by a personal grant from the Norwegian Research Council. The Indonesia/Malaysia and Nepal projects are financed by the Norwegian Research Council. The Tanzania initiative is financed by the Nordic Climate Fund (NCF) and led by Norges Vel. The Brazil Project is financed by support provided by Norad.
International Biochar initiative
Profile: Biochar Field Trials in Zambia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Nepal as well as New Biochar Characterization Research from a Team in Norway.
geoforskning.no - artikkel 7. mars 2012
Nyheter - Klima og CO2 - Bærekraftig presisjonsjordbruk i Zambia.
forskning.no - artikkel 1. mars 2012
Økte avlinger og bedre klima - Norske forskere har blandet inn biokull i jordsmonnet på seks ulike maisåkre i Zambia, og resultatene er oppsiktsvekkende: Avlingene ble opptil firedoblet, og klimagassutslippene ble redusert.
Aftenposten-artikkel 12. desember 2011
Vil redusere klimagassutslipp med avgnagde maiskolber - Norske forskere oppnår oppløftende resultater i tre-i-ett-prosjekt som på samme tid hjelper folk ut av fattigdom, reduserer klimagassutslipp og avskoging.
The Norwegian Biochar Competence centre
The center's goal is to investigate the biokulls potential as an agriculture and climate change initiatives and communicate this knowledge to relevant stakeholders and interested parties.
International biochar initiative
IBI is a member-based organization with over 600 members from 34 countries. The mission of the IBI is to promote the development of biochar systems that follow Cradle to Cradle sustainability guidelines.
UK Biochar Research Centre
UKBRC is undertaking disciplinary and interdisciplinary research on the role of biochar as a carbon storage technology, its production, properties and functions and its use as a soil amendment within agricultural systems.
Conservation Farming Unit (CFU)
The development and promotion of Conservation Farming and Conservation Agriculture technologies for the small-scale farming community in Zambia.
United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries.