Kenyan Villagers to be Carbonised

Villagers in Western Kenya are the latest participants in a project to calculate how much carbon can be stored in trees and soils when the land is managed in sustainable, climate-friendly ways. The Carbon Benefits Project has been launched in communities in and around Lake Victoria by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Agroforestry Centre and other key partners. Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the project is already under way in Niger, Nigeria and China, where scientists are developing a system for measuring, monitoring and managing carbon in a diverse range of landscapes. Under the UN Climate Change Convention and its Kyoto Protocol, developed countries can offset some of their greenhouse gas emissions by paying developing economies for implementing clean and renewable energy projects such as wind, solar and geothermal power.

“Farming carbon alongside farming crops is just one of the tantalizing prospects emerging as a result of the world’s urgent need to combat climate change,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Some industrialized countries are considering investing tens of billions of dollars in capturing carbon off the smoke stacks of power stations and burying underground.

(Source: UN News Centre, 11 May 2009)

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