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Biochar—One way forward for soil carbon in offset mechanisms in Africa?

TitleBiochar—One way forward for soil carbon in offset mechanisms in Africa?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsWhitman, T., and Lehmann J.
JournalEnvironmental Science & Policy
Volume12
Pagination1024-1027
Abstract

The Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has had relatively little success in Africa due to a number of factors. Increases in agricultural soil carbon have strong benefits for soil health as well as potential for carbon sequestration, but such projects are currently excluded from the CDM and other offset mechanisms. Small-scale biochar systems with net emission reductions may hold a key for Africa to engage with the international offset mechanisms and open the door to soil carbon sequestration projects.

URLhttp://www.css.cornell.edu/faculty/lehmann/publ/EnvSciPolicy%2012,%201024-1027,%202009,%20Whitman.pdf