Recording/Archive: International Biochar Initiative Educational Webinar:

Biochar for Sustainable Soils

Biochar projects spanning multiple countries are still relatively few and far between. There is much to learn from these types of multinational projects. IBI has invited Ruy Anaya de la Rosa, the Project Director from the recently concluded Biochar for Sustainable Soils (B4SS) to discuss lessons learned, challenges and best practices from his experiences collaborating biochar projects teams in China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru and Vietnam.

B4SS was funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) under the Land Degradation Focal Area in the GEF-5 Strategies.  The objective of the B4SS was to demonstrate and promote the adoption of sustainable land management practices involving the use of innovative organic amendments, based on biochar, that improve the capture and efficient use of nutrients, and enhance productivity, improve climate resilience, support rural livelihoods, and contribute to watershed management. A key goal was to promote the diffusion and successful adoption of biochar techniques among B4SS partner countries and beyond.

 The project was focused on collating knowledge generated through the implementation of the targeted biochar demonstration projects. Awareness and improved understanding amongst smallholders, including women’s groups, and resource managers about the most effective biochar formulations and application rates to improve soil functions and reduce land degradation, will be created and shared among stakeholders. This integrated global approach to advance the knowledge on the use of biochar for SLM also conveyed other messages to farming communities mainly interested in soil improvement.


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Kathleen Draper Moderator

Kathleen is a member of the IBI Board and Chair of IBI's Information Hub. She is also the US Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence. The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world. She is an editor and writer for The Biochar Journal, sponsored by the Ithaka Institute. Kathleen also works with various different universities and individuals on projects that are investigating the use of biochar in cement and other building and packaging products to develop products with lower embodied carbon which can be made from locally available organic waste. She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is a co-author of the book "Terra Preta: How the World's Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger".

Dr. Ruy Anaya de la Rosa Presenter

Ruy Korscha Anaya de la Rosa holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from ITESM, Mexico City, an MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology from TU/e, the Netherlands, and a PhD in Environmental Science from Massey University, New Zealand. During his Postdoctoral research work at UNE, Australia, Ruy developed a GHG accounting methodology on biochar produced from poultry litter for the Australian GHG crediting system. He previously worked in the voluntary carbon markets, initially as project developer (based in Phnom Penh and Chefchaouen) and eventually as project manager (based in Paris) of wood-saving GHG emission reduction activities conducted by NGOs in rural areas of various developing countries. Ruy’s experience includes biochar, the technical and social implications of carbon markets, life cycle assessment, and the diffusion and successful adoption of appropriate renewable energy technologies in less industrialized countries. Ruy served as the B4SS Project Director from project inception to completion. He coordinated six different biochar projects in China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru and Vietnam.

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