Management options for increased soil carbon sequestration (SOC-NOP)

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Management practices for increasing the storage of organic carbon in the soil deserve more attention in policies aimed at reducing national and global CO2-budgets, similar to re- or afforestation and bio-fuel programmes. Differences in soil type and their suitability for different uses, as well as management implications of elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations and increased temperatures, must be considered when identifying these options.

Promising management options have been reviewed at the request of the Dutch National Research Programme on Global Air Pollution and Climate Change (NRP Project 952282). The findings were presented orally to an international audience during the 'Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry' (LULUCF) meeting of IPCC in Wageningen (ISRIC, 25 August 1999).

Results have been published as a Technical Report and in the NRP Newsletter.