FAO strives to assist member states to improve their specific wood energy situation in terms of social and economic viability, ecological sustainability, resource efficiency and emissions. FAO offers its support to member states by:
FAO can provide wood energy statistics at national, regional and global levels and use these data in articles and presentations for meetings and conferences to highlight the importance of wood fuels for both the energy and forestry sectors.
FAO can assist policy-makers and decision-makers of member states by:
organizing events for stakeholder consultation, consensus finding, capacity building
facilitating exchanges of experience between countries. Wood energy solutions are always very specific to the local conditions, often requiring even site-specific solutions. However good examples from other countries can bring new ideas and inspiration to others.
improving skills of stakeholders involved in the production and transportation of wood fuels, notably charcoal
providing skills to small scale forest owners and communal forest owners on how to sustainably produce and market wood fuels
developing skilled workers for small and medium scale production of efficient cooking stoves.
facilitating technology transfer in wood-based energies and fostering the dissemination of bioenergy technologies
FAO provides technical support acting as a neutral, international organization. FAO is not a funding organization and can thus not deploy vast financial support to projects directly. FAO can assist member states in actively seeking partners and donors to implement projects in the field of wood energy.