Ngerengere River Eco Camp

Non-governmental organization

SUSTAINABLE CHARCOAL PRODUCTION (past project)

Firewood and charcoal are the main sources of

household energy in Tanzania.

The Sustainable Charcoal project aims to promote

a sustainable charcoal production system so as to

reduce pressure from natural forests; and become

a source for constant and legitimate income.

   

We established three tree nurseries and the new

improved technology of the Half Orange Brick Kiln (HOBK) in about 500 hectares of land. 

The traditional Earth Kilns have a rate of recovery of
 
10-12%. The HOBK is more efficient with recovery  of
 
25–35 %. The wood is supplied by tree nurseries of
 
about 70,000 seedlings, mainly ACACIA species.

 

The charcoal group has 20 people committed to the

work, working three days per week, and produce an

average of 4000 kg of charcoal per month.

The problems that we are currently facing are the distant water borehole which is needed

for the carbonisation process. Also fires and cattle grazing affect the tree nurseries

maintenance. 

 

This project became possible due to the partnership with several organisations, such as

RLDC-  Rural Livelihood Development Company, ESDA - Energy for Sustainable

Development in Africa, Morogoro Environmental Conservation Group and Wildlife

Management Area of Wami Mbik.

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