European Union Office in Kosovo 
European Union Special Representative in Kosovo

Enhancing forests for sustainable livelihoods

20/06/2018 - 10:46
Agriculture and Food Safety

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and the conservation of forests in Malawi. This is being achieved through enhancing community involvement in management and commercialisation of local forest resources, empowering them to take greater ownership of their resources and utilise them to develop sustainable Forest Based Enterprises (FBEs).

The specific objective is to improve the livelihoods of forest dependent communities in Chitipa, Kasungu, Ntcheu, Zomba-Machinga, Nsanje Districts through participatory management of forests and commercialisation of forest products. The project is increasing target households' income derived from FBEs by 20% and is ensuring sustainability by strengthening accountability of forestry institutions, commercial viability of FBEs and engagement of the Department of Forestry (DoF).

Total Cost (EUR): 1 444 301.47

EU contracted amount (EUR): 1 299 871

Duration: September 2015 - August 2018

Implementing organisation: UNITED PURPOSE LTD

Funding Instrument: European Development Fund (EDF)

Benefitting zone: Malawi

 

STORY : Does cooking technology really matter?

"The adoption of the clean cook stoves can be considered as a long term transition that leads to the phasing out of charcoal and the traditional three stone fire. United Purpose Limited" 

United Purpose Limited

 

CONTEXT

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with high rates of deforestation. This is because 90 % of the population rely on firewood and charcoal from the local forests for fuel and shelter. As a result, deforestation is increasing at alarming rates and trees are becoming scarce. The adoption of the clean cook stove can be considered as a long term transition that leads to the phasing out of charcoal and the traditional three stone fire.

OBJECTIVES

  • To contribute to the reduction of poverty and the conservation of forests in Malawi
  • To improve the livelihoods of forest dependent communities in Chitipa, Kasungu, Ntcheu, Zomba, Machinga and Nsanje districts.

RESULTS

  • Community involvement in management and commercialisation of local forest resources 
  • Increased income of target households derived from Forest Based Enterprises (FBEs) by 20%

TESTIMONY

Clean cooking stoves, a better option for women

Linsey has herself become a regular stove user, preferring it over the traditional three stone fire on account of the massive reduction in firewood consumed and the fact that much less smoke is emitted. Replacing stoves has had a huge impact on Linsey's life. She now spends less time fetching wood and has more time to do small businesses to empower herself economically while conserving the much valued environment.

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