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Fight against deforestation and degradation of forest areas suburban Yaounde through extension of good practice in the carbonization production centers charcoal villages Akak, Ebogo and Meyene.

Area Of Work: Climate Change Mitigation, Land Degradation

Operational Phase: Phase 5

Grant Amount:US$ 25,673.00

Co-Financing Cash:US$ 8,709.28

Co-Financing in-Kind:US$ 17,918.30

Description : The project that Agenda For Sustainable Development (ASD) submit to the financing of SGP / GEF, aims to reduce the impact of the production of charcoal in the forest areas surrounding suburban Yaounde.

Charcoal is part of the wood energy sector currently contributes over 80% of domestic energy needs in Cameroon (INS, 2008). The report ECAM 3 / INS (2007), the market demand for charcoal for the Yaounde city only amounted to 3500 tons / year, while the legal quota granted by MINFOF in 2012 for all Cameroon is 1980 tons of coal. This reflects the strong pressure on suburban forest areas (agro-forestry, community forests, fallow) which provide over 90% of the demand for charcoal in the city of Yaounde.

The satisfaction of coal requirements wood Douala is a grave blow to the survival of suburban forest ecosystems, this activity generates the destruction of 8 ha of forest per year (GIZ, 2012). This state of affairs is due to the non-mastery of ecological carbonization techniques, and low awareness of stakeholders and the public on the dangers of the phenomenon.

On the other hand, a significant biomass is burned and not valued in the practice of slash and burn agriculture.

To reduce or even reverse this trend, ASD aims to mentor and train the charcoal on improved carbonization techniques that will enable them to improve their performance while significantly reducing the waste of the resource. It also plans to develop wood energy nurseries to instill silvicultural concepts to key beneficiaries.

Acacia mangium and Acacia auriculiformis legume species are fast growing and whose wood produces coal of very high quality. These species are also cultivated to improve the fertility of the soil as their roots the ability to fix nitrogen. The project's ambition is to promote the culture of this multiple use species for the restoration of degraded areas, fallow enrichment and the production of coal.

The intervention strategy employed in this project, based on the capacity building of beneficiaries through training and demonstration, it will empower through the through the technical process of "learning by doing ".

The project will take place in three villages in the districts respectively Mfou (village Meyene) and Soa (Akak villages and Ebogo). These three (03) villages are real poles production of charcoal which almost all is for the markets of the city of Yaounde (CIFOR, 2011). The main target groups of this project consist of coal (youth and adults), women, GICs and local associations.

This project aims to reduce deforestation and degradation peri-urban forest areas due to the production of wood thistle, is fully in line with the focal areas of the GEF / SGP dealing with climate change and the land degradation. It is also part of the National Programme

Project completion date : 2016-09-30 12:00:00


Address : c/o UNDP Office, P.O. Box 836


Country :Cameroon

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Financier : Global Environment Facility (GEF),Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (SGP),United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),

Financier address : United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

One United Nations Plaza


New York, NY

United States

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Telephone: +1 2129065000

Fax: +1 2129065364

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Date:Aug 8, 2015
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