Formalisation of charcoal value chains and livelihood outcomes in Central and West Africa

Charcoal is a major source of household energy in Sub-Saharan Africa (for an estimated 93% of rural households and 58% of urban households). Urbanisation and an increased demand for charcoal are expected to put pressure on peri-urban tree sources, but charcoal could be a renewable fuel. This presentation discusses options for formalising charcoal production and woodfuel management as a way of making the process more sustainable - the aim of formalisation to date has primarily been to manage and control economically valuable resources rather than to improve livelihoods. CIFOR associate Jolien Schure gave this presentation at a session titled 'From the forest and further: forest product value chains' at the 13th Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology, held on 20-25 May 2012 in Montpellier, France.

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