Announcing the 2nd Biomass West and Central Africa Congress 2012 scheduled to be held from 04 to 05 October 2012 in Accra, Ghana.
“This significant global congress presents a ideal platform for top industry and market stakeholders from forestry, power generation and wooden pellets producers to address key issues, and exchange ideas on how to attract investors to the biomass sector in West & Central Africa to sustainably develop the biomass industry in the region.”
A recent paper calls for immediate policy intervention around the Congo’s woodfuel demand.
Published in Cifor’s brief, it says, “The Congolese government needs to immediately improve management of the sector, in collaboration with stakeholders. The national Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) programme creates momentum for this.”
Recent news out of Uganda about the displacement of tens of thousands of people from their land to make way for a large-scale biofuel plantations raises question about governmental oversight and corporate social responsibility on the part of of foreign investors.
It is all the more urgent that African nations, with the help of appropriate international agencies, begin putting place the regulatory framework that will lead to the responsible and sustainable exploitation of wood energy resources in the context of low-carbon economic growth and high-value export generation.