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Project title Eco Makala: viabilisation durable de l'approvisionnement en bois-énergie des populations rurales riveraines de la ville de Goma
Country Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Project description
WWF carries out this project, which aims at reducing the poverty and increasing the sustainable development of the North Kivu province in Congo. The project is directed at small land holders, field workers and the local population. It estimates three specific results from project implementation
a. The local population in the surroundings of Goma is convinced of the financial revenue that plantations for charcoal provide and is organising itself to implement, maintain and exploit the plantations;
b. Progressive stabilisation of the legal supply of energie wood in Goma and surroundings;
c. Decrease of the environmental cost linked to the production of energie wood to satisfy local population's needs
Therefore, the project will set up a 2000 ha's plantation for fuel wood, of which 1240 ha's have been planted as of now in collaboration with 13 local farmers association
Le premier EcoMakala est arrivé - juillet 2012
Project Number (CRIS) 2007/195-980
Project component Energy for cooking
Technology sector Tree planting
Technology sub-sector Tree planting Capacity building
General objectives: 
Contribute to poverty reduction and to the sustainable development in the North Kivu province 
Participate in the LRRD strategy of the international community in the sinistred zones of the North Kivu province. 
Specific objective: 
Contribute to the sustainable viability of energy wood provision of the rural populations in the surroundings of Goma. 
Impact to date

As at February 2013:

Forestry techniques have been disseminated and the project has enabled the planting of 3,387 ha, (substantially more than originally intended). 

49 different non-profit organization were involved and 2,992 farmers in total; 39 local associations have set up nurseries and plantations; 419 participants were trained in optimised coal making techniques.

Local employment has been created for 3000 people and new or additional sources of income have increased the purchasing power of locals. It is thought that the income of farmers has been improved and household energy bills have been reduced. Farmers interviewed believed that there was added financial value in the sale of the wood energy, provided certain preconditions are implemented.

It is estimated that an average of 5066 tonnes/year of makala (makala translates as coal in the local language) can be produced between 2011 and 2030. Carbon storage through retention of timber amounts to 12,563 t CO2 per ha per year and due to optimised carbonizationi techniques CO2 emissions have been reduced (estimated at 19,085 t CO2 in 2015 and 51,086 t CO2 in 2020)


Coordinateur de l’association PAEDE, Minova : ‘La participation à Eco-Makala a permis d’initier du reboisement à une plus grande échelle, pour lequel il y avait une grande demande au sein de la population... Il a surtout permis la création d’emplois et des revenus additionnels grâce aux produits ligneux, ces derniers pouvant amener à la création d’autres projets au bénéfice de la population’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNExSwbprs4 (UK)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95zJq6Gkk-Y (UK)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1J8-_W80NM (FR)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWu0xnXDYCk (FR)

Implementing body World Wide Fund for Nature Belgium
Total budget 2,403,616
EC Contribution (planned) 1,790,000
Project operating start date 14-11-2007
Real end date 18-11-2012

Contact Details

Name Mone van Geit, Thierry Lusenge 
Address WWF 
E-mail Mone.vangeit@wwf.be, tlusengewwfpevi@gmail.com