National charcoal wood energy policy should address illegal charcoal

This charcoal was used and still being used by people from diverse background including poor household consumers, national policy makers and expatriate development partners. According to Prof. Romanus Ishengoma from the Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), about 28,500 bags (of 60­80kg each) were delivered into Dar es Salaam daily in 2009, or more than 48,000 bags in 2012. The contribution of charcoal to the economy was estimated at US$650 million in 2009. Charcoal is a massive industry, providing livelihoods for thousands of people along the supply chain Wood contained 342.5 hectares of forest required daily in 2009, or 583 ha in 2012 and is in most cases harvested illegally. Read more…

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