International Agricharr Initiative Conference 2007 (IAI)

Venue: Terrigal Crown Plaza

Location: Terrigal, New South Wales, Australia

Event Date/Time: Apr 27, 2007 End Date/Time: May 02, 2007
Early Registration Date: Mar 22, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 30, 2007
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The International Agrichar Initiative is an informal, newly-formed coalition of research, commercial and policy-oriented people and organizations devoted to the sustainability of the world’s soils, and to sustainable bio-energy production. Agrichar production and utilization can renew the world’s soils through the addition of organic carbon, which can help solve the pressing problem of global climate change. The Agrichar production process also converts agricultural waste into valuable bio-fuels.
Conference Objectives: In follow-up to the July 2006 meeting in Philadelphia, the 2007 conference will review progress achieved in the field of Agrichar production and utilization in the following areas:

Research, Development, and Deployment:

Review the results of research and development work in the field of Agrichar and energy co-production
Review demonstration and commercial programs that have been operating in the field
Identify barriers to commercialization of the Agrichar product and technology, and methods to overcome these barriers
Visit sites where Agrichar R&D is underway in Australia
Policy and Education Development:

Review new policy and educational initiatives in the field
Review economic and environmental studies on the costs and benefits of Agrichar production and utilization

Review the goals and tenets of the International Agrichar Initiative
Review initiatives and progress to establishing an International Agrichar Organization
Prepare a business and development plan for the International Agrichar Initiative, including specific funding and development proposals, and stated programs goals, timelines
Prioritize key management questions to be resolved in order to bring the Agrichar agenda to the next stage
Who is invited to participate in the April 2007 conference?

The conference is open to all people and organizations interested in learning more about Agrichar. Those interested in agricultural sustainability, agricultural mitigation of global warming, biomass utilization, bio-fuel production and renewable energy are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations, and to attend the conference.