In Zambia, as in other countries in the region, there has long been an adversarial relationship between the charcoal industry and the government Charcoal production is illegal, but laws are poorly and inconsistently enforced. This forces charcoal producers into the shadows, encourages corruption among local authorities charged with enforcing regulations, and reduces incentives for investment in more sustainable approaches. This involves different approaches, such as legalizing and taxing charcoal production and sale, and reforming the ways in which charcoal producers are organized, for example, through the formation of cooperatives.

Charcoal basin

Photo by Kirsty TG on Unsplash

Partners and funders

In this project, SEI collaborates with the Centre For Energy, Environment and Engineering Zambia Ltd (CEEEZ).

Funding for the project comes from the National Academy of Sciences (US).

Project team