(Organized by categories, in alphabetical order)

Arusha Charcoal Symposium Presentations – June 15th, 2011

1. Charcoal Production & Use: World Country Statistics & Global Trends – A presentation by symposium co-organizer, Adrian Ghilardi from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and Florian Steierer, Head of Wood Energy at FAO. Their paper draws attention to the lack of reliable woodfuel and charcoal data from a country and global perspective. (read the blog post)

2. Environmental Impacts of Charcoal Production in Tropical Ecosystems of the World – Presented by Dr. Emmanuel Chidumayo, this paper asses the impact of charcoal production on tropical ecosystems and proposes important policy reforms. (Read the blog post)

3. Predictable waves of sequential forest degradation and biodiversity loss spreading from an African city and how to slow them down. Authors: Antje Ahrends & Simon L. Lewis, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, University of Leeds, UK. (Read the blog post)

4. Challenges & Opportunities to Addressing Gender Issues in the Sustainable Charcoal Industry in Tanzania: Experience of TaTedo & Energia. Authors: Gisela A. Ngoo, Mary E. Sway, Tuyeni Mwampamba

5. The Niche of Charcoal in Climate Change Initiatives (REDD+ & CDM): The Case of Tanzania. Authors: Zahabu, E., Malimbwi, R.E., Luoga, E.J., & Kingazi, S.

6. Environmental Crisis? Or Development Opportunity? Charcoal Sector Reforms, Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development. Author: Klas Sander, Natural Resource Economist, The World Bank.

7. Narok’s charcoal commodity chain: land use change and charcoal production in Southwestern Kenya. Author: Rob Bailis, Associate Professor, Yale School of Forestry.

8. Charcoal Production, Poverty, Alleviation, and Woodland Change in he Kapiri Mposhi District of Zambia. Author: Davison Gumbo & Bravedo Mwaanga. CIFOR

9. The role of charcoal in national energy strategies for Malawi & Tanzania: Cause of Poverty or Driver of Development? Author: Mathew Owen, Energy Consultant.

10. Charcoal Production in Brazil: Does it pass the sustainability test? Author: Alexander Uhlig, PhD. Instituto Acende, Brazil.

11. Makala Project. Author: Jolien Schure & Patrice Levang, CIRAD

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Climate change:

Organizations: Projects, programs, non-profits, government agencies, multi-lateral, banks, initiatives supporting energy-poverty alleviation.

Mercy Corps: Congo Stove Project – Thanks to funding received for this project, Mercy Corps has been able to construct 20,000 fuel efficient stoves for IDP families. The introduction of these stoves, together with training in improved food preparation techniques, has had a dramatic effect. Not only has firewood consumption been reduced by around 50 percent, but the use of the stoves has improved the security and health of women and their children. It has also reduced CO2 emissions by an estimated 24,000 tons to date.

HEDON: Household Energy Network – HEDON is “the place where practitioners, policy-makers, funders, and business-owners actively pursuing a cleaner, affordable and more efficient household energy sector unite to share their experiences, learn from one another, and create new knowledge.” The network is run by by a group called Eco Ltd., which describes itself as “a private consultant firm based in London, England that brings together energy, sustainable development and information technology. The company focuses on project, market, and business development.

Global NTFB – The Global Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) Partnership aims to link global, regional, and national organizations currently engaged in research and development activities concerning the systematic conservation and management of NTFPs in four regions: Africa, East and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and South Asia. Leveraging a regionally-focused global network, the NTFP Partnership will raise the profile of NTFPs and enhance capacities, relevance and effectiveness of partners, producers and all other stakeholders.

The Partnership for Clean Indoor Air – To date, 320 partner organizations are contributing their resources and expertise to reduce smoke exposure from cooking and heating practices in households around the world. You’ll find a list of partner here.

EPA Burn Wise – Burn Wise is a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that emphasizes the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect your home, health, and the air we breathe. Within this site you will find information for consumers to make informed decisions about what it means to burn wise. State and local agencies will discover ways to improve air quality in their communities through changeout programs and education. And partners will learn about how they can work with EPA to bring cleaner-burning appliances to market.

Practical Action – Practical Action’s energy projects aim to increase poor people’s access to energy technology options, through improving the efficiency and productivity of biomass use, and through small scale, low cost, off-grid electricity supply. Projects include improved cooking stoves, small scale wind power generators, micro-hydro plants, and biogas plants

Bio Energy Lists: Biomas Cooking Stoves – The list here links directly to the web sites of each organization but also has designs for stoves, briquette-makers, ovens, etc. – An international group of industrial designers who work on the development of technical products for the South. ENERGY-SAVING PRODUCTS, BIO-COAL BRIQUETTES, IMPROVED CHARCOAL PRODUCTION (retort), BIO-MASS STOVES, SOLAR- SYSTEMS, FOODSTUFF STORAGE, TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT for MEDICAL PURPOSES, etc.

Envirofit – “Envirofit International was established to develop well-engineered technology solutions to improve the human condition on a global scale, with a primary emphasis on applications in the developing world. Envirofit’s goal is to develop and distribute well-engineered energy products that address major environmental problems in the global emerging markets that traditionally have been overlooked.”

Legacy Foundation – “Legacy Foundation provides training, technology and media services for biomass fuel briquette production, environmental conservation and income generation throughout the world. The foundation has released 8 technical/training manuals and two devices on all known aspects of briquette making.”

Improved Charcoal Kiln-making instructions (SPANISH) / Manual de Construccion de un Horno de Carbón Mejorado – Practical, illustrated guide to managing charcoal production and building an efficient dome-shaped charcoal kiln using red bricks.