Cross River State tackles deforestation with sustainable fuelwood and efficient cook stoves

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12 June 2018

Over 70% of the Nigerian population consume fuelwood and it is central to the livelihood of the people in Cross River State. However it is a major driver of deforestation and a risk to human health due to the emission of methane and black carbon. 

In addition, fuelwood is the primary energy source for cooking, heating, cassava and palm oil processing, fish smoking and bakeries, yet it is also the most inefficient. To mitigate these causes and effects, Cross River State has been selected as a co-pilot state for the Sustainable Fuelwood Management (SFM) project, which focuses on establishing fast growing, sustainable fuelwood plantations and supporting the transition towards more efficient and clean cook stoves. The project is currently entering its implementation phase and you can find out more about the expected results by reading the case study. 

The case study is part of a series from our Policy Action work, which aims to accelerate the pace of climate policy development and adoption in states and regions. To see more innovative climate policies from around the world, check out our Under2 Policy Action Map.

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