Wood Energy Catalogue

Improved carbonisation and decentralised forestry control in Madagascar (2007-2009)

Countries of implementation

The project (CARAMCODEC) carried out actions targeting at improved supply of charcoal and decrease wood cutting for the same energy demand level. It supported the Boeny Region and National Authorities in defining an improved forestry control framework for wood energy for Mahajanga and the other main towns of Madagascar, in the context of the decentralization of forestry management. The project promoted improved carbonization techniques to reduce the quantity of wood needed to produce charcoal in rural areas. These techniques are claimed as simple and affordable for the charcoal makers (unlike metal kilns and chimneys that are out of reach for these rural workers).


The improved techniques doubled the charcoal yields compared to traditional ways of charcoal making (as claimed)

Charcoal, Improved Kiln, Madagascar
Type of initiatives
Program or Project
Program/Project Sub category
Conversion efficiency improvement
Level of intervention
Grassroot site only
Responsible agencies
Département Environnements et Sociétés Unité de Recherche en Partenariat Forêts et Biodiversité, Madagascar
Funding agency