A scoping study in the Eastern, Northern and North-western Provinces for understanding dynamics of a charcoal and indigenous timber trade in connection to the integrated forest management

Published on 5 January 2012

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Start Date: 23 August 2011 | End Date: 30 September 2011


This project seeks to explore new dimensions of the charcoal trade and its social, health and environmental consequences, with a focus on major governance and trade transitions, so as to distil lessons for policy and practice grounded in both theory and solid data. Systematic  comparison of contexts which are strongly shaped by these transitions with those that are not will enable the validation of past research findings while also producing new knowledge on a sector in transition. Findings will be utilized to systematically engage policy makers and practitioners in the design of alternatives for governing the sector – including spatial targeting of public sector, community-led and ‘hybrid’ initiatives on the basis of degradation hotspots.

A second phase of the project, if funded, would focus on piloting interventions designed around research findings (e.g. environmental hotspots, institutional design principles) and policy realities (e.g. political and economic viability of alternatives) in an action research mode. In addition to generating “proof of concept”, this experience would aid in crystallizing the contextual factors and actions required for solutions to be effective.

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