Madagascar: Formal sector establishment must be backed by public regulations

ECO research into fuelwood flows covered in BFT's April issue

2019-04/ In a technical contribution to the April issue of Bois et Forêts des Tropiques (p. 43-55), ECO's Martial Charpin and Dr. Frank Richter call for rapid concerted action across at least three administrative regions of Madagascar. While forests are on the decrease throughout Antananarivo's vast fuelwood supply basin, urban energy demands are still rising, with dynamic developments in different sectors (use of ICS domestically, but also, in urban agglomerations, trends towards eating out). The region of Anamalanga, one of the island's most important immigration areas, records an average population growth of 3,9 %, with single communities up to 13,8%. In a study of the influxes of - partially illegally logged - fuelwood into the city and their origins, potential entry points of public intervention were identified. But regulatory and control initiatives which would help organize the sector strategically are delicate - not only for the diversity of players with conflicting and sometimes contradictory interests but also because administrative authorities and technical services tend to hesitate for risk of social movements. Still a process has been started in which players have begun to identify, prioritise and plan measures to keep supplies secure, help stakeholders integrate into the formal sector and promote more efficient use of domestic fuel. The article is based on data collected by the EC-funded Agroforestry Support Programme around Antananarivo (ASA) - cf. on the right. (View article, PDF 1.5 MB)

ECO’s trainer team contributes to development of GIZ NDC training

Building capacities for the translation of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement into action

2019-01/ The UNFCCC Paris Agreement was an important milestone for determined action in combating climate change. All Parties to the agreement committed themselves to mitigation – most of them also adaptation – goals and actions in their so-called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to achieve the common objectives set out in Paris. GIZ has taken the enormous task of preparing a training course, consisting of six modules, to assist partner countries in developing capacities for the implementation of their NDCs.

ECO’s trainer team has contributed the module on "Adaptation to Climate Change" in the scope of the NDC. We developed a course that links the requirements of a country’s political agenda, its international stance and ongoing national adaptation processes. The course targets practitioners in the field of adaptation and has been designed as a menu of sessions which can be compiled to suit the learning needs of a specific group according to the particular country context. It includes the “best of” strategic techniques for participatory adaptation planning in multi-stakeholder settings, which the trainer team has continuously tested and refined since 2010. Additional success factors are the built-in reflection sessions and case clinics through which participants will be able to prepare for doing their job differently – ideally better – once back in their place of work. 

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EU Support Programme for Agro-Silviculture around Antananarivo (ASA) Afforestation, sustainable wood energy production and establishment of secure tenure rights contribute to improving the fuelwood production chain in the regions of Analamanga, Itasy et Vakinankaratra. More...

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