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Worldwide Efforts to Combat Drought, Desertification to Take Shape in Namibia This Year

High-level representatives from 195 nations party to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification,, along with civic and environmental groups, will meet in Windhoek to assess progress and plan for future actions to address desertification, land degradation and drought, issues that now affect 168 nations at a cost of some $490 billion, not to mention the loss of lives, health, livelihoods, biodiversity and ecosystems.

UNCCD Wants Soil Conservation, Biochar Included in the Clean Development Mechanism

The UNCCD wants to see soil enhancement and conservation efforts, such as those using biochar, to be included in the UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism along with afforestation and reforestation projects.

Using Charcoal to Enhance Soil, Produce Fuel, Capture Carbon

Incomplete burning of plant organic residue to produce biofuel and biochar offers a means of permanently storing large amounts of carbon while at the same time producing renewable energy, enhancing soil fertility and agricultural productivity, enhancing resistance to drought and flood and preserving biodiviersity, according to the UNCCD, which is advocating for greater recognition and support of biochar projects in in UN-led climate change adaptation and mitigation agreements and initiatives.