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23 November 2021 Ghana

PRESS RELEASE: In the spotlight; how to make Africa’s reliance on charcoal and firewood more sustainable

23 November 2021, Kumasi, Ghana – Of all the wood produced every year in sub-Saharan Africa, 90 percent is used as fuel, posing a major sustainability challenge. Woodfuel, primarily firewood and charcoal, is the main source of energy for cooking for two-thirds of households and is a critical element in maintaining food security. Millions of households depend on woodfuel production to make a living, but heavy reliance on it makes for social, economic, environmental and health concerns. With such complex issues, a broader approach is needed.

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27 October 2021 Ghana

International Woodfuel Conference 2021

The wood fuel sectors in most sub-Saharan African countries are characterised by a high degree of informality. There are on-going efforts in most countries to formalise the sector, that is, to organise, regulate and control the production and trade, typically under the heading of sustainability. These plans give stronger roles to institutions of the state to control the production and trade through permits, taxes, and enhanced controls. However, attempts at formalising the sector without an intimate understanding of the ecological, social, and economic contexts within which the production and trade take place, run the risk of failure or may compromise wood fuel-dependent livelihoods. Sustainable wood fuel production and trade remains a contested issue and big challenge in Africa that needs to be tackled urgently and collectively with all stakeholders involved.

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01 October 2021 Ghana

Charcoal producers, stakeholders in the Bono East Region take steps to sustain charcoal production and trade amid threat of ban

The charcoal enterprise in Ghana has for decades provided the bulk of energy needs of majority of households and serves as the livelihood base for scores of people especially in areas endowed with trees suitable for charcoal production. Though charcoal is accessible to a large number of households, it is characterized by poor harvesting and processing practices. Its high consumption is largely attributed to population growth, poverty, and urbanization. The poor practices associated with charcoal production have significantly contributed to deforestation and forest degradation especially in Ghana’s transition and savannah zones.

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30 September 2021 Ghana

When promoting climate-smart landscapes, make sure to listen to farmers first

Farmers in the poorer areas of the world are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The international community is expected to step up efforts to help them adapt to the new circumstances. TBI stresses that such interventions will need to be designed based on a profound understanding of local perceptions and needs.

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16 September 2021 Ghana

Capacity of 82 women cocoa farmers strengthened in major cocoa and forest sector initiatives

Ordinarily, engagements within the cocoa sector especially in the community have been male-dominated. However, women along the cocoa value chain, specifically women cocoa farmers are capable of enhancing climate-smart cocoa production and sustainability if given the right resources including access to real-time information and capacity development. Under the Green Livelihoods Alliance Programme II (GLA 2), Tropenbos Ghana strengthened the capacity of eighty-two (82) women from various cocoa co-operatives across eleven (11) Cocoa Districts in the Western North Region of Ghana.

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09 September 2021 Ghana

Tropenbos Ghana Board Chair receives IUCN highest conservation award

The Board Chair of Tropenbos Ghana, Professor Alfred Oteng-Yeboah has been awarded the highest conservation award - the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for his immeasurable contribution towards biodiversity conservation. The Ghanaian Professor received the prestigious award at the 2021 IUCN World Conservation Congress held in Ma

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