DESERTIFICATION AND POVERTY IN THE AFRAM PLAINS (Google / African Climate)

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http://africanclimate.net/en/publications/developing-eco-charcoal-certification-fight-against-desertification-and-poverty-afram

DEVELOPING ECO-CHARCOAL CERTIFICATION TO FIGHT AGAINST DESERTIFICATION AND POVERTY IN THE AFRAM PLAINS

The Afram Plains District is an important producer of Charcoal for mayor Cities in Ghana, such as Accra and Kumasi. There are no clear policies or certification on charcoal production and commercialisation, at national, regional or district level which can ensure a sustainable management of the forest. This baseline study sets the principles and the policies for Charcoal Certification as mean to fight against desertification and poverty in the Afram Plains District.

Charcoal and fuel wood are the two basic cooking fuels in Ghana. This document describes the dynamics of charcoal production commercialisation and use, agents involved, technology, stakeholders, existing legislation and standards; and concludes that there is need for charcoal certification to contribute to sustainable forest management and poverty reduction in the Afram Plains. It also concludes that that the term “certification” should not be viewed solely as certification of the tree products, but certification of overall forest management, it emphasis that it requires simultaneous certification of both production sources and production processes.

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About Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.
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