Wood Energy Catalogue

Commercial Woodfuel Production - Experience from Three Locally Controlled Wood Production Models


This study profiles three promising models of commercial forestry that can contribute to modernization and rationalization of the wood energy sector in developing countries: (i) community-based forest management (CBFM) in Africa with case studies in Niger and Senegal; (ii) private woodlots in Africa with case studies in Madagascar and Rwanda; and (iii) forest replacement associations in Latin America with case studies in Brazil and Nicaragua.

All these three approaches are based on local control and all have a track record of more than 20 years from which to draw lessons. Market-led systems in which producers, transporters, and traders are commercially motivated, these three approaches all involve devolution of power to local people for wood production.

Woodfuel, commercial production, business models, plantations, woodlots, community-based forest management, forest replacement associations, track record, supply chain, value chain
Type of initiatives
Sector review and study
Level of intervention
Responsible agencies
Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)