National laws concerning bioenergy and wood energy are in the works
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.