Workshop Cambodia

Workshop on Biochar Production & Uses
Monday 22nd – Tuesday 23rd November 2010

The workshop was a huge success, with 29 delegates attending the meeting, and 19 staying for the field trip the second day.

Biochar: Production & Use, Cambodia 22.11.2010. Picture by Vichida Tan

The workshop report is now available, and presentations can be downloaded below.

This meeting discussed the current state of biochar production and use in Cambodia, and explored the potential for development of new technologies – both large and small scale, with a particular focus on gasification cook stoves. Issues for consideration to policy makers, and prototype guidelines for sustainable biochar deployment as an agricultural soil amendment were also discussed.

Biochar is the result of thermally treating biomass (including wood, agricultural residues, paper sludge) in a zero to low oxygen environment to produce a charcoal type material.

This meeting is part of the ‘Enabling Bio-innovations for Poverty Alleviation in Asia Project’, funded through IDRC-CRDI (

Programme (click on a presentation to view):

Monday 22nd November
08:30 Registration
09:00 Welcome and introductions
09:30 Biochar for poverty alleviation – global perspective (S.Carter, UKBRC)
10:30 Tea break
11:00 Guest presentation (Apsara authority – preliminary results from biochar rice trials – Dr Tan Boun Suy)
11:45 Guest presentation (Experiences from GERES working on biochar, briquetting and improved charcoal stoves – D. Beritault)
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Guest presentation (Advantages of the Belonio Top-lit, Updraft, Forced-air Gasifier in Processing Undensified Biomass – P.Olivier VIDEO)
14:15 Guest presentation (Biochar in an integrated farming system producing food and fuel with a negative carbon footprint – Prof Duong Nguyen Khang)
15:00 Discussion session (biochar potential in Cambodia – feedstocks and production)
15:30 Tea break
16:00 Discussion session (biochar – barriers and policy implications in Cambodia)
17:00 Closing ceremony

Tuesday 23rd November
08:30 Field trip to gasification unit (Nagathom Fund rice mill), stove lab (The Iron Workshop) and field trials (Apsara Authority research farm)
12:00 End field trip

Natgathom Rice Mill and Gasifier - feedstock. Picture by Vichida Tan.

Stove demonstrations Iron Workshop. Photo by Vichida Tan.

Viewing biochar rice trials at the Apsara Research Farm. Photo by Vichida Tan.


Presentations based on your own work/experience on any of the above areas are welcome, please submit an abstract for consideration. Delegates are encouraged to bring display/demonstration materials and video films based on their work.

Travel and accommodation assistance can be offered to a limited number of participants from within Cambodia. Please note that delegates must attend the entire workshop in order to qualify for accommodation and/or travel assistance. As the desired number of participants is limited, not more than two delegates from a single organisation can register.


Location: Angkor Village Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia (



Siem Reap has numerous acommodation options to offer. Close to the workshop venue is Rosy guest house. Another recommendation is the Mandalay Inn. Please check the price of your room to ensure it is within the budget if you are reclaiming accommodation fees. You may wish to book in advance.

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