Chad: Desert expansion leads to brutal crackdown on Charcoal production

Hissene said he planted eucalyptus trees during the 1970s in a region
that is now bare of them. “From Ndjamena to Massaguet (80 kilometres,
50 miles away), there is nothing left. We’ve had three seasons with no
harvest,” he said.

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Sanctions that began coming into effect in December include torching
vehicles carrying charcoal and arresting people transporting the
product, law-and-order officials say. The measures have sparked an
outcry among the poorest residents of this desolate west African
country, who claim they cannot afford to buy gas to cook their daily
meals. Some experts suggest Ndjamena should have eased more slowly
into its environmental battle.

“One cannot change old habits overnight,” Brigitte Topinanty Dionadji, a government consultant, told AFP. “One must fight against desertification but there should have been awareness-raising campaigns and a transition.

Those affected are the most destitute,” she said. But Chadian authorities argue they have no time to spare. “Ndjamena and its surroundings are turning into desert. The forests must be saved,” said Communications Minister Mahamat Hissene.

Experts cite a growth in fuelwood consumption and particularly a shift to charcoal use in Africa, a trend carrying serious environmental consequences without proper management.

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Comments (2)

CE WILLMOREMarch 16th, 2010 at 1:59 am

I am trying to reforesta stretch of arid land with scrrub, small trees and larger tress and wonder if you are able to tell an average amount of charcoal that can be produced per hectare. I do not need an exact figure just an estimate. The land is not desert but fairly arid with heavy virgin bush. Thanks for your estimate or answer cewillmor1@yahoo.com
I am negotiating a large property possibly in South America that needs to be reforested and may have charcoal. I also have ricve husk briquettes at very economical price. I need to know what perice in your region will be suitable and can compete with the gas? I might be able to help. I also have another by-product that may be more economical Please stay in touch. I may be able to help Thanks for an answer if in effect you cann tell me an estimate of chartcoal per heactare in arid lad it can be in pounds or tons or kilograms per hectare or acre or any measurement that you use for your land I will try to do the mathThanks Charles

CE WILLMOREMarch 16th, 2010 at 2:02 am

CE WILLMOREMarch 16th, 2010 at 1:59 am
I am trying to reforesta stretch of arid land with scrrub, small trees and larger tress and wonder if you are able to tell an average amount of charcoal that can be produced per hectare. I do not need an exact figure just an estimate. The land is not desert but fairly arid with heavy virgin bush. Thanks for your estimate or answer cewillmor1@yahoo.com
I am negotiating a large property possibly in South America that needs to be reforested and may have charcoal. I also have ricve husk briquettes at very economical price. I need to know what perice in your region will be suitable and can compete with the gas? I might be able to help. I also have another by-product that may be more economical Please stay in touch. I may be able to help Thanks for an answer if in effect you cann tell me an estimate of chartcoal per heactare in arid lad it can be in pounds or tons or kilograms per hectare or acre or any measurement that you use for your land I will try to do the mathThanks Charles

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