Promoting Alternative Energy Use in Nakonde District.
Promoting Alternative Energy Use in Nakonde District.
This project proposes to promote the use of an alternative energy source by promoting the use of maize by-products (cobs) as charcoal in Nakonde district to contribute to saving the dwindling forest. Nakonde district has one gazetted forest reserve known as the Nakonde Local Forest No.P.303 with a total area of 417 hectares of which 150ha is composed of plantation. The local forest has been degraded through firewood harvesting, charcoal production and bush fires (Chitemene system). Charcoal production is one of the major sources of livelihood in the district, especially for rural communities. Charcoal and fuel wood account for 79 percent of energy consumed. From this, it is clear that wood fuel and charcoal are the most used sources of energy for cooking. This coupled with another high demand for charcoal and firewood especially in neighbouring Tanzania, where the law against illegal cutting of trees is stiff, continues to exert pressure on the forest resource. The forest resources are dwindling as people depend on forests for cooking and construction. Generally urban and peri-urban populations use charcoal for cooking purposes, while rural populations use mostly wood fuel. This is why Nakonde is among the districts in the country where deforestation and forest degradation levels are high. High poverty and unemployment levels in the district make it difficult for people to afford electricity rendering charcoal and fuel woods as the only energy alternatives in this respect.
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Project Snapshot

Muchinga Corridors of Environmental Management and Health Care
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 10,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 10,555.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

SGP Country office contact

Ms Marisa Mushota


United Nations House, Alick Nkata Road, P.O Box 31966
Lusaka, Africa, 10101