DENR promotes green economy, launches biochar project

Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (19 April 2017). The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) officially launches Biochar Community Enterprise Project as one of the Green Economy Model (GEM) of the agency held at Ecopark, Barangay Hayanggabon, Claver, Surigao del Norte on April 18, 2017.

DENR Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez who led the project launching ceremony with the cutting of ribbon encouraged the participating household members (PHM), local government units, and other community partners to be involved in green economy through biochar project.

The Biochar Enterprise Project is one of the DENR intervention aimed to remediate environmental problems and promote community enterprise. DENR Administrative Order No. 2017-05 signed on February 23, 2017 provides the guidelines in the implementation of the biochar program in conjunction with the implementation of the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) approach of the agency program on reforestation, mine rehabilitation, green energy, pollution mitigation, ecotourism, agro-forestry, rehabilitation of coastal environment, among others.

The Biochar is charred biomass from agricultural wastes like rice hull, rice straw, bagasse, corn stovers produced by high heating of these materials with very limited oxygen similar to charcoal but where biochar is meant for soil amendments and charcoal is for cooking.

Biochar is very useful to unsanitary landfills, unsanitary livestock raising, unsanitary sewage disposal, greenhouse gas emission from agriculture and landfills, and heavily degraded land from mining.  It also address the acidification of forest lands, supports better survivial of seedlings and tress in the reforestation program, removal of heavy metal from soils, removal of oil spills from mangroves and coastal water and areas, improving indoor environment from molds and air borne toxin, reduce illegal tree cutting for charcoal making, preserving fruits and vegetables without the use of electricity, reducing flies and cockroaches in homes and buildings, composting kitchen and household biomass waste for landfill reduction.  (JSN / PENRO-SDS). 

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