Woodfuel is the main cooking fuel for over 60% of households in Africa. This is expected to increase in the coming decades, due to lack of alternative household energy and growing charcoal demand in urban centers. Commercialization of woodfuel provides income to millions of people but is increasingly associated with detrimental impact on the environment as supply basins in many countries are becoming severely degraded. In addition, woodfuel production and trade remain informal, governed by inadequate legal frameworks. This weak governance, coupled with the unsustainable production and utilization technologies and practices accelerate deforestation, landscape degradation and greenhouse gas emissions.
Thus, this event aims to explore how woodfuel value chains can be made sustainable and ultimately contribute to landscape restoration, livelihoods improvement and broader national climate change commitments–balancing short-term socio-economic and long-term ecological benefits.Discussions will focus on good practices and innovations for sustainable woodfuel value chains that will help mitigate against deforestation and landscape degradation whilst enhancing livelihoods of producers and traders. Specific emphasis will be put on the important role of women in the value chain and how to increase gender equity. Government representatives will share the national vision and ongoing programmes, whilst sub-national government representatives, Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs), the private sector and development practitioners bring the local level lessons on how returns and benefits from woodfuel value chains can be sustained whilst maintaining and/or increasing the resource supply. Lastly, an initiative will be mooted: setting up a woodfuel value chain actors’ network across Africa entitled ‘Networking for change in woodfuel value chains’.
Facilitator: Dr. Jeffrey Campbell, Manager, Forest and Farm Facility
17:45-18:05 Opening address: Woodfuel in Sub-Saharan Africa – sustainable energy source or driver of degradation? Dr. Robert Nasi, DG, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Keynote: Realities of woodfuel governance in Sub-Saharan Africa: sharing lessons from Cameroon, DR Congo, Kenya and Zambia, Dr. Phosiso Sola, ICRAF
18:05-18:15 Q & A
18:15-18:45 Panel Discussion:Realities of sustainable woodfuel production and trade: implications for the Africa land restoration agenda
Ignatius Makumba, Director, Forestry Department, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Zambia
John Makau, Executive Committee Member, Environment and Natural Resources
Anicet Ngomin, chef de la Cellule Reboisement MINFOF,Cameroon
Sunshine Mwemba, Trustee Board Member, Choma Charcoal Producers Association
Chebet Lesan, Bright Green Renewable Energy
Patrick Gituku, Secretary, Charcoal Producers Federation of Kenya (CPFK)
19:05-19:15 Summary and closing remarks, Dr. Musonda Mumba, Chief of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit, UN Environment
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