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Charcoal production site monitoring service for West Gonja and Sene Districts in Ghana

 

Charcoal production negatively affects ecosystem services through forest degradation, soil fertility loss, erosion, biodiversity loss, and decreased air quality and thus threatens sustainable livelihoods in the region. Charcoal is primarily produced during the dry season on land normally under the administration of traditional authorities/district assemblies. Local communities and authorities lack adequate information to address these negative impacts. NGOs such as A Rocha and Solidaridad are supporting activities in selected districts geared toward strengthening community capacity to engage on policy, participate in land use planning, and improve production practices.

Rationale
Charcoal production degrades environmental services through forest degradation, soil fertility loss, erosion, biodiversity loss, wildfires, and air quality. In Ghana, like in most West African countries, charcoal is the major fuel for domestic cooking in urban areas, produced by rural communities in areas normally under the administration of traditional and district authorities. These local communities and authorities lack adequate information to address the negative environmental impacts caused by charcoal production. Although non-state actors such as A Rocha and Solidaridad are supporting initiatives to strengthen community capacity to engage in policy discussions and participate in land use planning, the information gap persists. Effective mechanisms for sharing information about charcoal production are required at the national, district and community level.

The charcoal monitoring service has been launched. Further improvements to automate the identification of kiln sites will be developed. http://servir.cersgis.org/charcoalmonitoring/

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