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Supporting SMFEs for sustainable livelihoods: facilitating sustainable charcoal production in Ghana

In Ghana, charcoal production and trade is an important small and medium forest enterprise, providing domestic energy for heating and cooking and forming a key livelihoods base for rural households. Despite this recognition, the sector is not well regulated, which threatens its sustainability.

This report describes a project designed to develop a model of local governance arrangements for sustainable charcoal production, through a multi-stakeholder process, and to initiate a process for national adoption of the model.

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  • IIED code: G03797
  • Published: Jun 2014 - IIED
  • Area: Ghana
  • Theme: Forests
  • Language: English

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To restore forests and get out of poverty, rural communities need the knowledge and connections to build flourishing enterprises. Forest landscapes are among the most isolated and marginalised areas in the world, where land, food and energy security and income generation are pressing concerns. Achieving sustainable development in the forest landscape while addressing those immediate needs is a complex challenge that requires joined-up efforts.

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