Forests are fundamental to multifunctional landscapes, providing invaluable ecosystem services, and supporting rural livelihoods and economies through their contributions to income, food, and energy needs. The functionality of forests is threatened by unsustainable use of forest resources and pressures from competing land uses. This demands concerted efforts to harmonize forest relevant policies and regulations and ensure these adequately respond to place-specific drivers of change. This project seeks to identify and support the implementation of viable news mechanisms to achieve this. It does this by using participatory approaches to unpack how effectively and sustainably income, food, and energy demands within multifunctional landscapes are met. This in turn enables the project to identify governance options that resolve structural inefficiencies and social-ecological trade-offs.
How to make wood fuel an affordable source of clean energy to meet food, nutrition, and livelihood demands
Wood fuel is a major component of Africa’s future and will remain a significant source of renewable energy in the region by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency’s regional energy outlook. How the region will cope with the demands of its fast-growing population, without compromising its forests, is a huge challenge.
As part of the project Governing Multifunctional Landscapes (GML), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is hosting an online event at the upcoming Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) to discuss how to promote more sustainable wood-fuel value chains across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Millions of people across Sub-Saharan Africa are hungry for sustainable and affordable solutions to meet their daily energy needs. About six out of every ten people on the continent rely on wood fuel (firewood or charcoal) to cook their meals – sometimes causing the destruction of forests and woodlands while exposing people to hazardous smoke that can contribute to premature deaths.