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Cutting down on the charcoal trade

Mozambique needs a viable alternative to charcoal, both as a fuel and as a source of employment

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. The charcoal industry is one of Mozambique’s many environmental evils. It has led to widespread destruction of forests around the city of Maputo and other big cities, and its production and consumption is highly polluting. But simply threatening people with jail terms for the unlicensed production of charcoal, along with related activities, is not going to put a stop to the trade (see below).

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