Sustainable Charcoal project
The Sustainable Charcoal project aims to minimize damage to the environment by training rural communities in the sustainable use of forest biomass. The goal of the project is instructing charcoal burners in efficient technologies to produce charcoal. The assiduous selection of tree species, reafforestation and general environmental awareness form part of the programme of activities.
Initiated in October 2017, the project has a duration of two years. It is focussing on two areas, one in Huambo and the other in Kwanza Sul, and is collaborating closely with the Institute for Forest Development and the Institute for Agrarian Development, as well as provincial, municipal, and traditional authorities. ADPP’s Frontline Institute in Huambo is training project leaders and community members, while the ADPP Teacher Training School in Huambo is assisting through campaigns to raise awareness about the environment, together with the production of tree saplings for planting. In the first three months of the project, senior staff members were recruited, contact was made with the relevant authorities, seven of the planned eight charcoal communities were identified and initial approaches were made to engage community members willing to promote and support the programme.
- 8 communities
- 2 project leaders
- 2 project coordinators
- 80 community members organized in environment groups
- 14,000 trees planted
- 7000 trees felled
- 8 inventories of forest resources