Black Gold

An estimated 83 % of people in the Congo Basin rely on charcoal and firewood for their cooking and energy needs. The trade is a major contributor to deforestation – a driver of climate change – and at the same time, those involved are vulnerable to changes in the climate.

CIFOR is examining how people in the charcoal trade, and the natural resource itself, are affected by climate change.

This video introduces some of the people making a living from the trade in Cameroon.

Copyright permission for music “Ossone” by Cameroonian artist Sally Nyolo obtained from Skycap Music.

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