Sustainable Charcoal?

first_imgThe National Charcoal Union of Liberia (NACUL) has embarked on a pilot project called “Sustainable Charcoal Production”. Organized on December 23, 2014, NACUL is a community-based organization (CBO) of charcoal producers and sellers in Liberia.The project was launched on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Sinje Multipurpose Community Center in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County, bringing together charcoal producers from across the county and other stakeholders.Speaking at the program, NACUL President, Richard T. A. Dorbor, said the yearlong (May 1, 2015-April 2016) project is intended to mobilize and create awareness to strengthen the capacity of charcoal producers and sellers in the five districts of Grand Cape Mount.According to Dorbor, the program is being funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with Farm Forest Facility (FFF).He observed that the charcoal sector is being neglected as people engaged in charcoal activities are considered insignificant, despite the energy charcoal provides for larger portion of the Liberian population.“The charcoal sector has been neglected for years. People in this sector are considered poor people; even consumers are not taking the sector serious, as we provide energy to many Liberians,” the Charcoal Union boss indicated.Dorbor said, to change this mentality, the Union decided to assist charcoal producers and sellers to organize them in finding the sustainable and efficient way as well as alternative sources.Quoting a GTZ 2009 Report, Dorbor said Monrovia alone uses four million bags of charcoal yearly; adding that the number might have increased to five or six million bags yearly now.This, he said, raises the question as to where the wood will come from for charcoal in four to five years when all of the trees shall be been cleared.Against this backdrop, Dorbor said the project is aimed at educating charcoal producers and sellers on how to identify their basic needs and encourage them for sustainable production as well as forest management.Dorbor was quick to note that the project is not intended to stop charcoal production activities; but to assist those involved with productions and sales in the modernized and sustainable way.He named tree-planting for charcoal production as the major sustainable way, which he said will also minimize deforestation.At the same, Dorbor disclosed plans to introduce a new method of production which will minimize environmental pollution as well as prevent losses by the traditional production method.Launching the project was the head of Region-I of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Mrs. Ruth Varney, who praised organizers of the Charcoal Union and urged producers to embrace the idea.The FDA official also stressed the need for charcoal burners to assist in the forest management so that their upcoming generation will not suffer, adding, “You must not just cut down the trees and leave the land clear, do something on it like planting.”She said: “As we launch this program today, we advise that you put yourselves together. This is self-employment; therefore, please use the forest in a sustainable way.”Grand Cape Mount County Representative Marbu Sonii was expected to launch the project, but he was absent due to an official engagement.Also making remarks, the Chairman of the Alliance for Rural Democracy (ARD), Paul L. George, spoke of the need for charcoal producers to be watchful of detractors who may want to politicize the project to undermine its goals.Alex Balo, civil society organizations (CSOs) Grand Cape Mount County Coordinator, lauded the efforts of the Union for the idea in bringing together coal producers.Balo, however, underscored the importance for the Union to work closely with charcoal producers if its dream must come true.Meanwhile, charcoal producers at the occasion embraced the idea and vowed to mobilize their colleagues in the county to become part of the process.According to them, coming together under the umbrella of the union will address some of the problems they (charcoal producers) face.“We have been suffering in the coal business for long and so we are happy for the people to put us together. People can take our coal for ‘sell pay’ and when they go we can’t see some of them again. So, I thank the union for bringing us together to take this problem from us,” Jebbeh Senwan, the chairlady of Garwulor District, who is also a charcoal producer, said.Junior Fahnbulleh, another charcoal producer of Massaquoi Town, said: “Coal burning is a difficult work for me; but I have to do it because it is through this that I pay my school fees.” At times, he said, he loses because he buys gas for power saw to cut his logs and he hires people to cover the wood with dirt; and after all, he might not realize the money spent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgKEVIN Cassidy will not return to the Donegal panel next year, manager Jim McGuinness has said in a radio interview.Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sportsound programme, McGuinness said the matter was “done and dusted”.“That was in 2011 and now we are on the brink of 2013 – it’s about looking forward at this stage and there’s nothing left to be said on the matter. “My beliefs and principles in terms of what went on remain,” said McGuinness.Former All Star Cassidy left the Donegal panel after revelations were made in a book last year.Jim McGuinness invited him to return earlier this year in a private meeting but the Gaoth Dobhair man declined, fearing his presence would lead to a media circus.In response to speculation linking him with potential roles at Liverpoool and Celtic Football Clubs, McGuinness said he had had “no contact with Liverpool”. “Celtic invited me over to a Champions League game and I saw round the training facilities, met the staff and had the chance to look at the sports science side of things which I’m extremely interested in.“There were lots of things to pick up in terms of analysing matches.“If I had the chance to go into professional sport it would be something I’d have to look at but my focus is on Donegal and I’m delighted with where we are at, although I want to move the thing forward.”Ulster GAA officials have yet to decide if Donegal’s Ballybofey ground will be used to host the Ulster champions’ 2013 Ulster SFC first round tie with Tyrone next year, but McGuinness is clear about his wishes.“When you are drawn at home you feel entitled to home advantage and we deserve the right to run onto our own pitch as All-Ireland champions. “We will wait for the decision but I hope it will be the right one for Donegal football and our supporters.”McGUINNESS: CASSIDY AFFAIR IS ‘DONE AND DUSTED’ was last modified: October 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:McGUINNESS: CASSIDY AFFAIR IS ‘DONE AND DUSTED’last_img read more