Friday, 16 November 2018

As the first country in the world, Finland has free map covering all its biochar activities!

The Finnish Biochar Association is pleased to announce that the map of biochar activities in Finland is now published. The map is continuously updated and will include more details in the future (e.g., scale of each project).

The map includes five different categories:
  1. Research organizations involved with biochar research
  2. Biochar companies who have their own biochar production or use contract manufacturers
  3. Finished projects, including practical biochar projects
  4. Ongoing projects, including planned or currently ongoing practical biochar projects
  5. Scientific research projects, conducted through applying scientific method and using controls, and which results are or will be made public (preferably in the form of peer-reviewed scientific articles).

There are projects about biochar located in around 30 different 
Finnish municipalities and cities. All of the top ten largest Finnish 
cities are involved (Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa, Oulu, Turku, 
Jyväskylä, Lahti, Kuopio, and Pori). Despite the high number of 
different finished and ongoing biochar projects across Finland, the 
scale of these projects has generally been small. Majority of the 
projects were completed during the last two years and many of them have 
been inspired by the example of the city of Stockholm, which has been 
using biochar as a standard material in the structural soil since 2009.
Image from City of Stockholm biochar project.

The key focus areas around the biochar projects in Finland are effects on crop and tree growth and stormwater management. The scale and number of projects are expected to increase in the upcoming years significantly. And yes, naturally also the AgriChar research group experiments are listed on the map!

Please cite the map as:
“Salo, E., Riikonen, A., Tammeorg, P., Elo, A. 2018. Map of biochar activities in Finland. Finnish Biochar Association (FBA).”

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