Farm field ploughing in Nepal. Photo credit: Flickr/Ecoagriculture PartnersMore carbon is found in global soils than in the atmosphere and plant biomass combined. Due to activities such as deforestation and agriculture these stores can become sources of carbon. As the ecosystems which put the carbon into the soil in the first place are destroyed, the carbon slowly leaks into other areas which are less stable and controllable.
Soils do however still retain a great potential for carbon storage and under the right type of management they can act as a carbon sink, sequestering atmospheric carbon and fixing it in the soil. Unfortunately under the wrong type of management soils can become a net-emitter of carbon into the atmosphere, especially in countries with carbon rich soils such as Sweden.
The seminar will ask questions such as what are the practical methods for adding or fixing carbon into the soil? How can the carbon be measured and verified? What are the financial mechanisms for rewarding carbon-smart activities? And are there any sustainable and long-term approaches to carbon-smart land use?
Invited speakers include Thomas Kätterer from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) who will talk about his work with soil carbon measurements, Bo Lager from the Vi Agroforestry Programme (Vi Skogen) who will talk about their work in Kenya where they have a soil carbon mitigation payment scheme up and running, and Stephane de Cara from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) who will talk about his work looking at the wider impacts on land use on carbon emissions.
The seminar will be held on May 8th, 2012 from 13:00-16:30 at Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden. The seminar will be conducted primarily in Swedish.