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Charcoal Production Monitoring

Charcoal Production Monitoring

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.

Agriculture and food security (AFS)

Agriculture is the base of the economy of West Africa, which, as the World Bank asserts, provides livelihoods for most of the vulnerable population..

Land use land cover change and ecosystems (LUE)

Landscape management is associated with major challenges and opportunities throughout West Africa..

Water and water-related disasters (WRD)

Water scarcity and excess are the major constraints to sustainable livelihoods in the Sahel and West Africa. They usually result in floods and droughts..

Weather and climate (WAC)

West Africa is prone to high variability in seasonal weather. This is exacerbated by climate change, which increases the severity and frequency of this variation. Traditional means..

Financial instruments (FIS)

Financial Instruments (FIS) is a new service area proposed by SERVIR West Africa for 2022-2027 to build EO services that leverage stakeholders’ access to financial resources across..


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