Demand for charcoal in Tanzania is growing, as charcoal is a cheap energy source for most households. However, as charcoal is produced by burning trees, increasing demand could frustrate efforts at curbing deforestation in the country.
Tanzania is interested in conserving its tree cover through programmes in reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+). It is therefore important to address the heavy usage of charcoal. Indeed, demand for charcoal in Tanzania is projected to increase alongside rapid urbanization and population growth.
In an online article, Salla Rantala, a researcher with experience on Tanzania, argues that the adoption of REDD+ policies may not be successful without providing alternative energy sources, or a means of producing charcoal through sustainable methods.
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