Eco Makala Allows for Reforestation in Congo

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The project « Eco Makala: viabilisation durable de l’approvisionnement en bois-énergie des populations ruralesriveraines de la ville de Goma » took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The World Wide Fund for Nature carried out this project, which aimed at reducing the poverty and increasing the sustainable development of the North Kivu province in Congo. The “makala”, charcoal and firewood, constitute 97% of energy consumption in the province of North Kivu, and are the main fuels of urban households.

The project is directed at small land holders, field workers and the local population. Specifically, the project seeks to contribute to the sustainable provision of energy wood to the rural populations in the surroundings of Goma.

By the end of the project, the following results had been achieved: Forestry techniques were disseminated and the project has enabled the planting of 3,387 ha, (substantially more than originally intended); 49 different non-profit organisations were involved and 2,992 farmers in total; 39 local associations have set up nurseries and plantations; 419 participants were trained in optimised coal making techniques; local employment was created for 3,000 people; and new or additional sources of income have increased the purchasing power of locals.

Watch two videos from the project here (5 minutes) and here (25 minutes).

For more information on the project, please visit the ACP-EU Energy Facility Database.

195-980 Congo - Goma

195-980 Congo nursery

195-980 Goma Beni June 2010

195-980 Reforestation