IFA 2006: my slide presentation in Kunming (China)

In 2006, I had the honour of being invited to the Agriculture Conference of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) in Kunming (China) to talk about the soil conditioner TerraCottem, developed by my team at the University of Ghent (Belgium) – see <www.terracottem.com>.

My presentation on “Integrated soil conditioning” contained slides about :

(1) The need for integration of knowledge and expertise by constituting multidisciplinary teams or networks of experts for mutual consultation and/or cooperation in related fields of science.
(2) The TerraCottem-method (TC).
(3) TC-applications:
* Afforestation
* Reforestation
* Landscaping
* Agro-forestry
* Floriculture
* Sand stabilization
* Roof gardens
* Combat of soil salinity
* Agriculture and horticulture
* Humanitarian projects : reforestation, creation of family gardens and school gardens, greenhouses, …

After years of humanitarian work with our TC-DIALOGUE Foundation I came to the following conclusion :

 

“For the benefit of the developing world and the poor rural people : let us exchange, transfer and integrate our knowledge and experience. The improvement of their life is more important than our personal success”.

Interested in my slides (with pictures) ? Go to :

http://www.fertilizer.org/ifa/publicat/PDF/2006_ag_kunming_van_cotthem_slides.pdf

 

Inner Mongolia : Greening the desert with sand-binding plants and biofuels (Google Alert / Biopact)

Read at :

Google Alert for Desertification

Biopact

http://biopact.com/2007/08/greening-desert-with-biofuels-inner.html

Greening the desert with biofuels: Inner Mongolia peasants show it’s possible

Greening the desert by planting biofuel crops and making a profit from it? Yes, it is possible. Many energy crops have the capacity to fight major environmental problems like erosion, soil nutrient depletion or desertification. Biofuel crops can restore and revitalize entire ecosystems (earlier post). An excellent example comes from China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, where poor peasants are pushing back desertification by planting a drought-tolerant shrub that is being used for the production of timber and bioenergy. The effort provides livelihoods, brings wealth to the poor, and ensures local access to energy. Continue reading “Inner Mongolia : Greening the desert with sand-binding plants and biofuels (Google Alert / Biopact)”

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