Problems of Charcoal Production in Mozambique

Charcoal production is considered one of the factors causing deforestation of large forest areas in Mozambique. Learn more about this issue.

Mozambique is a country with great diversity of natural forests. The woody fuels are the main source of energy used by Mozambicans to meet their domestic energy needs. According to IIAM (Instituo Nacional de Investigacao Agraria), it is estimated that at least about 80% of Mozambicans depend on this type of energy for cooking, house warming and confectionery.

Charcoal production is considered one of the factors causing deforestation of large forest areas. According IIAM deforestation is one of the environmental problems affecting the forestry sector since it has negative implications for both the environment locally and globally. The reduction of forest cover also reduces the existing capacity of carbon sequestration and releases carbon already fixed by plants, contributing to accentuate the problems caused by climate change.

Due to lack of policies, the production, transport and distribution of charcoal remain mostly informal and unregulated, inefficient and risky. We will talk more about this issue in the next newsletters.

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Carlos Litulo

Biodiversity Technician