National laws concerning bioenergy and wood energy are in the works | WWF

National laws concerning bioenergy and wood energy are in the works

Posted on 07 May 2018    
Improved charcoal carbonization in Ambilobe
© WWF Madagascar / Talya Pillard
The draft of a national bioenergy law and a specific decree about fuelwood energy, written by an inter-ministry committee which was supported by WWF, were finalized in 2017 and shared at the level of concerned actors for feedback. The law and decree were expected to pass through Parliament in 2018.
 
The elaboration of a national strategy for sustainable development of the wood energy sector in Madagascar, the development of measures to regulate the industry, as well as standards for the equipment used to cut the wood so that it is energy efficient, were among in the multitudes of advances.
 
For Rina Andrianarivony, the director of the wood energy program at WWF Madagascar, “this regulatory framework allows us, among other things, to limit the exploitation of wood energy to an amount that is sustainable for the forest.” According to him, “the country needs this law to bring up to date its authority through the means of sanctions to stop illegal production. We need a sustainable fuelwood sector for the benefit of our communities and forests.”
 
The development of this regulatory framework was based on the concrete work of WWF in the southwest of Madagascar. It is a pioneer region for many aspects of the sustainable management of the wood energy sector.
Improved charcoal carbonization in Ambilobe
© WWF Madagascar / Talya Pillard Enlarge
charcoal produced through improved carbonization technique in Ambilobe.
© WWF Madagascar / Talya Pillard Enlarge

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