Archive for the ‘meetings/workshops’ Category

End of project meeting, Cambodia

December 2, 2010

Although this won’t be the end of blog posts yet, we held the end of project meeting in Siem Reap 26-27.11.2010.

The aim of this meeting was to put together the end of project document, to discuss findings, and identify further areas for research. The partners from all participating countries attended: ARTI (India), IRRI (Philippines) and University of Edinburgh (representing Cambodia).

The meeting was productive, and some interesting discussions occurred, and a focused assessment of future research requirements was discussed. Particular issues where more work is required include:
– Methane emission measurements from alternative feedstock use (including degradation in the rice husk heap)
– Long term measurements on managed biochar field trial plots
– Introduction of high value cash crops (including soy beans and peanuts) into biochar trials
– Investigation into the economics of feedstock prices – for example the potential for a more developed market in rice husk following successful deployment of gasification units
– More work on the potential of biochar production from rice straw (there is relatively more work on rice husk biochar).

We are actively seeking funding to ensure that biochar research is comprehensive in that covers all potentially useful functions of biochar, and also is able to answer some of the unknowns in order to reduce risk of biochar application and production.


E Workshop proceedings available

November 30, 2010

Proceedings from the e-workshop are now available in the output document.

E-workshop success

November 1, 2010

A total of 78 participants registered for the E-workshop last week – Biochar; the potential in Asia Pacific. The discussion was lively and wide ranging, with lots of input from practitioners within the region. A summary will be available shortly.

E-workshop – still chance to join us!

October 25, 2010

The E-workshop: Biochar; the potential in Asia Pacific? began today with 69 participants, and climbing!

There is still time to join, just register on Hedon, then sign-in and register for the workshop (

National Consultation on Biochar and Carbon Emission Reduction (INDIA)

October 25, 2010

*Organised by: Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI)*

ARTI India

*Supported by: UK Biochar Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, UK*
*The Society of Biochar Initiatives, India*

*Dates: November 22 & 23, 2010*

*Venue: Dr. Manibhai Desai Management Training Center, Bhartiya Agro
Industries Foundation, Dr. Manibhai Desai Nagar, National Highway No.4,
Warje, Pune 411 052. Ph: 020 25231661.*

*Funded by: Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research*

Biochar is a material high in black carbon produced from the thermal
decomposition of biomass through heating in a low- or zero-oxygen
environment and at relatively low temperatures (<700oC) (Lehmann, 2009). Biochar has the potential to address the key challenges to achieving sustainable development: namely, carbon emissions reduction, sustainable agriculture and land-use and waste management. Defining the circumstances and conditions in which biochar meets (or fails to meet) its ambitious aims, is critical in determining the potential role of biochar in the developing

Many scientific and socio-economic questions remain unanswered regarding the cost-effectiveness of biochar as a carbon mitigation option with agronomic benefits, in particular:
· What types of biomass are most suitable for conversion to biochar, using what conversion technologies, and what are the most cost-effective supplies of such biomass (taking account of local / regional competition for biomass and other constraints)?
· What is the permanency of elemental biochar carbon in different
soil types and conditions?
· What is the optimal balance between energy production and
biocharproduction in different contexts and assuming different values
for a tonne of carbon abatement?
· What are the agronomic benefits/disadvantages of biochar for a
range of crops, soil types and growing conditions?
· What explains the beneficial/harmful impacts of biochar upon
agronomic productivity?
· How does biochar addition influence fertiliser use and the fate of
existing organic carbon?
· What are the effects of biochar on N20 and CH4 emissions and on
nutrient run-off?
· What kind of policy initiatives and/or financial mechanisms will
be needed to support biochar production and use, if and where its use proves
to be beneficial?

Several scientists as well as policy researchers have been examining these issues all around the world, including individuals and groups in India. The consultation is aimed at bringing the researchers together on one platform for a broad discussion on the above and other related issues.

The consultation is being conducted as a part of the project Biochar for
Carbon Reduction, Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Management (*BIOCHARM*) funded by APNGCR and supported by UKBRC, UK.

There is no registration fee for the consultation and accommodation and local hospitality will be provided free of cost. The participants have to bear their own travel expenses. Partial travel assistance may be offered in exceptional cases, depending on the availability of the budget. Maximum 50 participants can be accommodated due to logistical limitations, and registration will be on first come, first served basis.

The participants will get an opportunity to give 15-20 min presentation on their own work related to biochar – field research and/or policy research as the case may be, and will be expected to actively participate full time in group discussions over the two days of the consultation. For interested participants, a field visit will be arranged to ARTI’s research station at Phaltan, Dist Satara, to see on-field demonstrations of biochar production techniques being developed by ARTI.

Last Date for Registration: November 1, 2010

Please leave a comment for more information and a registration form.

Workshop Cambodia – announced

October 18, 2010

Workshop to be held in Cambodia –
22-23 November 2010
Some sponsorship for in-country delegates available.
Please get in touch to request a registration form.

For more information see:

Online workshop – registration open

October 18, 2010

Biochar; the potential in Asia Pacific?
Monday 24th – Friday 29th October 2010

Online workshop hosted by Appropriate Rural Technology Institue – India and the UK Biochar Research Centre, University of Edinburgh.

Please join us for an online discussion on biochar, covering technology, use and policy with a focus on the poverty alleviation potential of gasification cook stoves. Registration is now open (, and registration will close on Friday 22nd October. The workshop is suitable for project developers, cook stove producers and distributors, academics, policy makers and those with climate change / carbon offset interest.

This workshop is funded by the APN – the Asia Pacific Network for Climate Change (

For more information see:

Online workshop – coming soon…

October 4, 2010

Online workshop: Biochar; the potential in Asia Pacific?
25-29th October 2010

For more information see the workshop webpage, where the link to sign up will be uploaded shortly

The theme for the workshop will be as follows –
25th October – Biochar in use
26th October – Biochar production techniques 1
27th October – Biochar production techniques 2
28th October – Biochar and poverty alleviation
29th October – Potential for carbon emissions reductions and carbon finance from biochar

Biochar meeting – India announced

August 12, 2010

Workshop on Biochar – Production and Uses
Thursday 16th – Friday 17th September 2010

Location: Appropriate Rural Technology Institute’s Rural Entrepreneurship Development Centre
Ganeshnagar, Phaltan – Banaramati Road, Phaltan 415523 District Satara. M.S.

For more information and to register please see the project blog.

The Society of Biochar Initiatives – India

May 29, 2010

I met with Perses Bilamore who founded the Society of Biochar Initiatives in India (NGO) ( and One of the initiatives within the society was the production of some pyrolysis systems by PATPERT TEKNOW SYSTEMS (, and this unit was also visited at the ARTI field station in Phaltan.