Soil Carbon Sequestration and Sustainable Development of Agricultural under Climate Change in Taiwan


Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan

Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute


Chi-Ling Chen

Evelyn Hsiao-Chien Chou


Taichung City | Taiwan


Taiwan has signed the joint declaration as a response to the 4 per 1000 Initiative action. The objective of this study is to assess the possibility to achieve the goal of increasing 4‰ of soil organic carbon (SOC) every year in Taiwan. First, the SOC in Taiwan has been estimated by the sum of content of SOC in different soil groups. Second, the carbon sequestration potential of different agricultural practices has been estimated by long term experiment. The assessed practices include livestock manure and bio-char application on farmlands, organic farming, orchard grass cultivation, and afforestation in the plain area. The results reveal the content of SOC in Taiwan is about 237 million Mg in 0-100cm depth. The bio-char application has the highest potential carbon sequestration among the practices. However, the total of the potential carbon sequestration cannot achieve the goal of the initiative by all of the practices. Moreover, the total carbon sequestration of current practices is much lower than the target. In the future, some other practices, such as intercropping, restore the degraded land, land use change, minimum tillage and humification of organic matter etc., might be improved to approach the goal of the initiative.


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Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute is affiliation the Council of Agriculture (COA) of the Executive Yuan situated. The institute is situated on an area of 145 hectares, including 128 hectares of irrigated research fields and 17 hectares for administration buildings, research facilities and boarding houses for trainees and visiting scientists. TARI is the most comprehensive agricultural research institute in Taiwan.


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