Kazakhstan plans to adopt carbon farming
A new approach in agriculture may appear in Kazakhstan, namely carbon farming. Participants of the 2022 World Investor Week, which is currently taking place in Astana, have proposed to implement this way of farming in developing the unused lands. In essence, carbon farming is a set of practices that transfer carbon from the atmosphere into plants and soil. Experts say that this will help to significantly reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions. The development of this particular industry is ultimately aimed at counteracting global warming. The forum participants noted that Kazakhstan has great potential in carbon farming, as only 20 percent of agricultural land, which is over 220 million hectares, is used in the country.
“Currently, the world is going and decided to go 1.5 degrees of warming, which means that we would have radically reduce the emissions by 2050 to zero net. So, basically no net emissions any more into the atmosphere. We actually see that there are substantial amounts, not only to cover the historically emissions and current emissions of the economy. But we also see a potential that carbon segregations services could also be exported to other countries,” said Michael Obersteiner, Director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford.