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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: 2014 SEED Awards


We received the following announcement for grant opportunities, which we are happy to share. — The Charcoal Project Dear Colleague, I am pleased to inform you that the SEED Initiative has just launched the 2014 SEED Awards to support entrepreneurs for sustainable development. We are seeking entries from innovative start-up entrepreneurs who aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level in a country with a developing or emerging economy. This year SEED will make available up to: 30 SEED Africa Awards to enterprises in Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda; 12 SEED South Africa Awards to enterprises … Continue reading

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Lost Kittens, or, How Bollywood ate my traffic


Postcard from Digital Frontier I knew things had gone well for The Charcoal Project after attending the amazing PCIA conference in Lima last week. But I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of traffic we began receiving early Monday morning. What was it? Was it my presentation on our visionary Biomass Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) in Rubaare, Uganda? Was it our plan to organize an International Conference on Charcoal in Africa in 2012? Or maybe it was something more subtle… like the bar games and tricks I performed to a rapt audience at the chicken restaurant “Donde Walter.” Or, maybe, just … Continue reading

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INDIA: “Impending catastrophe” resonates within the basins of India’s Meghalaya forests


Reported by Jessica Schoonover, Intern Reporter at The Charcoal Project More than half a million tons of charcoal have been produced and shipped over the past 8 years from the once dense but now denuded forests of Meghalaya, a small Indian state located north of Bangladesh. With one-third of the state covered by biologically diverse woodlands, the balance and preservation of this region’s ecosystem has been a major concern for members of Mait Shaphrang Movement, local conservation group,  for over a decade. An article recently featured in The Telegraph, based in Calcutta, India, notes that the group sought the intervention … Continue reading

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