Maldives recycle coconuts into organic fertilizer

In the first initiative after its announcement of going carbon neutral by 2020, the new government of the Republic of the Maldives has announced it will be working with Carbon Gold to implement a series of biochar projects across the Maldivian archipelago. The Maldivian government is promoting sustainably produced biochar as an effective way of removing CO2 from the atmosphere and improving soil fertility. Carbon Gold, great sustainable biochar project developer, will be supporting the Maldives with all aspects of their adoption of biochar as a carbon reduction technology.

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives said: “The Maldives is already adversely affected by climate change so I warmly welcome this relationship with Carbon Gold. Biochar has a crucial role in helping us achieve carbon neutral status as well as providing an economic and environmental boost to our people.”

Dan Morrell, Carbon Gold co-founder, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Maldives to promote the significant contribution biochar can play in tackling climate change. It is the only technology that enables us to take CO2 out of the atmosphere and, by ploughing it into the ground, improve soil fertility and prevent the CO2 from going back into the atmosphere. It is important to remember that there can be no single answer to global warming but biochar can be one of a suite of solutions.”

Biochar is a type of charcoal produced by heating biomass in a simple kiln. If mixed with soil it will lock up its carbon content for hundreds if not thousands of years. As such, it is a safe, tried and tested environmental form of carbon capture and storage. Biochar also enables greater water retention and reduces nitrous oxide and methane emissions. It also helps with soil quality, vital in a country where the soil quality is low, agriculture is dependent on imported fertilisers, and the majority of the islands’ vegetables are imported.

Carbon Gold will be working in the Maldives to produce biochar from surplus and sustainably sourced woody biomass, like coconut shells. The company will also be working to help raise awareness amongst the islands’ 386,000 population in the use and application of biochar.

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