In spite of Tanzania's heavy dependence upon biomass
energy, the sector is weakly governed and under-valued, historically
marginalised in official policy and public perception. Weak law
enforcement means that the harvesting and processing of biomass fuels
is largely unregulated and contributes significantly to land use change
through the degradation of tree cover. This has climate change
implications as sequestration capacity is reduced by harvesting rates
that exceed sustainable yield.
The biomass energy industry is characterised by skewed
value chains in which producers are marginalized. In addition, woodfuel
economy measures and investments in production and conversion systems
that would be more efficient and less environmentally damaging still
needs to be further developed.
A pro-poor and climate resilient transformation of the
economics and governance of charcoal and other forest product value
Sustainable charcoal Production (SPC):
Sustainable and well-governed value chains for
charcoal and other forest products improve rural livelihoods, climate
change resilience and social services in three Districts.
Knowledge management & communications
An enabling and supportive policy and institutional
framework exists for well-governed, environmentally sustainable and
pro-poor charcoal and other forest product value chains
The project is operating in Kilosa, Mvomero and
Morogoro Rural Districts in
The project aims to benefit rural communities in
Kilosa, Mvomero and Morogoro Rural Districts.
Kilosa District Harvesting Plan. 2.5 MB
Morgan-Brown, T. and B. Samweli 2016. A comparison of
traditional and basic earth charcoal kilns in Kilosa District,
Tanzania. 0.5 MB
TTCS 2015. Kiongozi cha uvunaji wa miti kwa ajili ya
uzalishaji endelevu wa mkaa. 5 MB
TTCS 2015. Taratibu za kuhusisha uzalishaji endelevu
wa mkaa katika usimamizi wa misitu wa jamii. 1.6 MB
Mwakajumba, E. 2015. Sustainable timber harvesting in
village forest reserves in Tanzania: lessons learned from Kiteto and
Kilwa. 0.7 MB
TFCG and MJUMITA 2015. The MJUMITA Sustainable
Charcoal Model. 2.5 MB
TTCS Project Leaflet 2014 FINAL.
Quantis 2014. Transforming Tanzania's Charcoal Sector:
Life Cycle Assessment Component
TFCG, 2014. Mapendekezo ya utaratibu utakaotoa motisha
kwa jamii kuendelea
kusimamia misitu yao. Poster.
Camco 2013. Market research for sustainably produced
Consultancy Report. 1- 146
National Workshop for Exploring the Evidence, Mapping
the Way Forward and Planning for Future Actions for Developing Biomass
Energy in Tanzania
Between 26th and 27th February 2015, the TTCS project
hosted a national workshop that brought together a wide range of
stakeholders to discuss the status and future of biomass energy in
Tanzania. The workshop report, presentations and photographs can be
Mwampamba, T. 2015. National workshop for exploring
the evidence, mapping the way forward, and planning for future actions
for developing biomass energy in Tanzania. Workshop Report.
TFCG 2015. Photo Gallery. National workshop for
exploring the evidence, mapping the way forward, and planning for
future actions for developing biomass energy in Tanzania.
Day 1 TTCS wshop
Keynote Speech: National trends in biomass
energy in Tanzania by Professor Ishengoma,
Sokoine University of Agriculture
The Kilosa Sustainable Charcoal Model:
achievements, lessons learned and future plans by Charles
Meshack, Executive Director, Tanzania Forest
Tanzania's Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST):
Key lessons, recommendations and the Action Plan by Mr.
Paul Kiwele, Acting Assistant Commissioner (Renewable
Energy) Ministry of Energy and Minerals
The growing role of biomass as a modern,
"green" and sustainable energy source in a broader context by Mike
Bess, Senior Consultant, CAMCO
Day 2 TTCS whop
Key Stakeholder: Biomass energy and the
National Forest Policy by Mrs. Gladness Mkamba,
Director, Forest Beekeeping Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and
Key Stakeholder: TFS and its role in
governing the biomass energy sector: achievements and lessons learned. By
Mr. Juma Mgoo, Chief Executive
Officer, Tanzania Forest Services Agency
Key Stakeholder: Local government and its
role in governing the biomass energy sector: achievements and lessons
learned. by Dr. Lucy Ssendi,
Prime Minister’s Officer for Regional Administration and Local
Transforming Tanzania’s Charcoal Sector:
Potentials, limitations & impacts of Biomass Energy
in Tanzania by Dr. Josiah Katani,
ForConsult & Quantis Research Team
Relevant technical reports
BEST 2013. Proceedings of the Stakeholders Workshop on
Biomass Energy Finance and Revenues "How to Formalise the Informal -
Formalising the Commercial Woody Biomass Sector". 1 - 10
Camco Clean Energy Tanzania 2014. Tanzania biomass
energy strategy and action plan. Final Report p. 1-123.
Kilahama, F. Impact of increased charcoal consumption
to forests and woodlands in Tanzania.
Malimbwi, R.E., S. Misana, G.C. Monela, G. Jambiya and
E. Zahabu. Impact of charcoal extraction to the forest resources of
Tanzania: the case of Kitulangalo area, Tanzania. Chaposa.
Malimbwi, R. E., E. Zahabu, G.C. Kajembe, E.J. Luoga.
Contribution of Charcoal Extraction to Deforestation: Experience from
CHAPOSA Research Project.
Monela, G.C., E. Zahabu, R.E. Malimbwi, G. Jambiya and
S. Misana. Socio-economics of charcoal extraction in Tanzania: a case
of eastern Part of Tanzania.
Mwampamba, T. 2007. Has the woodfuel crisis returned?
Urban charcoal consumption in Tanzania and its implications to present
and future forest availability. Energy Policy.
Nyoni, J. 2014 Mandate 2: Knowledge, Attitude and
Perception Study of the Biomass Energy Sector.
Peters, C. 2009. Environmental crisis or sustainable
development opportunity? Transforming the charcoal sector in Tanzania:
A Policy Note. World Bank pp 1 - 72.
Incentivizing communities towards sustainable charcoal
production in Tanzania.