Saturday, 03 April 2021 18:03
Guide to Green Charcoal ProductionWritten by anacanestrelli
- Type: Report/Publication, Manual/How -to-Toolkit, Country Publication
- Source: Initiatives Climat, GEF SGP, UNDP, 4C Morocco
- Focal Areas: Climate Change Mitigation
- Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Dem. Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast, Morocco
- Region: Africa
In Africa, access to firewood for cooking and heating is becoming increasingly difficult. Some regions have diminishing forest cover and desertification. In rural areas, collecting firewood is a difficult task, often for women and girls. The increase in logging bans in some areas is forcing firewood collectors to find new sources of supply, which are increasingly far from their living areas. In addition, charcoal production is highly regulated and even banned in some regions or countries. In urban areas, prices of firewood and charcoal have risen sharply in recent decades due to its scarcity, increased demand, and remoteness of production areas to areas of consumption. In this context, green charcoal is an important alternative to firewood and charcoal. It can be produced locally with simple materials in areas that are not reached by electricity. This manual brings together the experience of a dozen French-speaking African countries that are part of the association Initiatives Climat, which can can advise and provide technical support and management assistance to any actor wishing to start a green charcoal project.