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Comparative study of 4 Subsaharan countries

Moving forward with wood energy governance

Cameroon, the D.R. Congo, Madagascar and Senegal share the concern of shrinking forest resources alongside rising wood energy consumption. Precautionary policies have been put on track, as a reaction. These pertain, among others, to frameworks for land allocation, regulatory taxation and organisational support for forest user groups. For German Development Cooperation, ECO Consult has reviewed national experts' on-site accounts to present a systematic analysis of remaining bottlenecks on the way to formalize the wood energy sector. (PDF,  9.6 MB)

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Experience and lessons from Madagascar

Optimising woodfuel value chains

Value chain approaches are a standard instrument in addressing structurally deficient practices in natural resources management. One obvious application is wood energy subsectors in Subsaharan Africa. The PGM-E programme (now PAGE) of German ODA has helped, with a value chain modernisation approach designed by ECO Consult, to reduce pressure on natural forests, strenghthen national energy independency and raise living standards, since 1995. Details of its set-up, distinctive principles and roads of action that merit replication are now unfold in a 95-page compendium of issue papers > download (PDF, 4.4 MB). It reveals typical operational stages and illustrates a good deal of interfaces for outscaling  – to other regions or even, sectors.
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