Sustainable wood energy must include development and promotion of alternatives

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The low rate of access to electricity in Kisangani, and throughout DRC, means massive use of wood energy for cooking. Yet, the inefficient use of this biomass is leading to overconsumption of this resource, which is used by more than 90% of the Congolese population. Given that the need for firewood continues to grow as a result of population pressure, and that forests are shrinking, it is essential to develop more sustainable methods of producing and using charcoal, so that the forests continue to meet the needs of the population, biodiversity and climate.

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