Ngerengere River Eco Camp

Non-governmental organization


Firewood and charcoal are the main sources of

energy for households in Tanzania. The Sustainable

Charcoal project aims at promoting a sustainable

charcoal production system to reduce pressure

from natural forests. Additionally the chorcoal

production can become a source of constant



We established three tree nurseries with new improved technology of the Half Orange

Brick Kiln (HOBK) on about 500 hectares of land. The traditional earth kilns have a rate of

recovery of 10-12 per cent. The HOBK is more efficient with a recovery of 25–35 per cent.

The wood is supplied by tree nurseries of about 70,000 seedlings, mainly ACACIA species.


The charcoal group consists of 20 people working three days per week and producing an

average of 4,000 kg of charcoal per month. The

problems that we are currently facing are the distance

to the nearest water borehole which is needed for the

carbonization process. In addition, fires and cattle

grazing complecate the maintenance of the tree



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

Rural Livelihood Development Company, Energy for Sustainable Development in Africa,

Morogoro Environmental Conservation Group and Wildlife Management Area of Wami Mbiki.


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