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Load shedding and charcoal use in Zambia: what are the implications on forest resources?

Load shedding and charcoal use in Zambia: what are the implications on forest resources?

This paper uses data from two rapid surveys and results from discussion papers by Dlamini et al. 2016a and Dlamini et al. 2016b. It reveals: load shedding resulted in increased demand and production for charcoal; steady rise in charcoal producer prices from 2013 to 2015; soaring charcoal wholesale and retail prices; and direct correlation between the quantities of charcoal produced and cutover area. It concludes that: current dynamics of charcoal value chain and high demand for charcoal indicate that economic sustainability of charcoal production and trade is guaranteed; high demand and supply of charcoal with rising profit margins among traders selling bigger packages. It recommends: diversification of energy mix; understanding of dynamics of forest management in the context of sustainable charcoal production and use; enhancement of physical, human, and financial capabilities to help implement Forest Act No. 4 of 2015; and public forest administrators’ collaboration with customary natural resource management institutions.

Authors: Dlamini, C.; Moombe, K.B.; Syampungani, S.; Samboko, P.C.

Topic: charcoal, forest products

Geographic: Zambia

Series: Policy Brief no. 85

Pages: 6p

Publisher: Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), Lusaka, Zambia

Publication Year: 2016

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