Reducing the destruction of the natural habitat through deforestation and burning in the Chiawa GMA.

Selective harvesting of trees is reducing habitat quality by removing tree cover, resulting in the reduction of vital shade plants and forage for wildlife within the GMA. Fuelwood for household use is collected as dead wood, but cutting and burning of trees may be undertaken to achieve this. The targeted burning of areas to produce charcoal for sale is an increasing problem within the region and may be seen as a possible livelihood opportunity by community members.


1) Reduce deforestation by controlling charcoal production: By providing alternative sustainable fuel sources, the cutting and burning of standing trees and shrubs for household fuel will be reduced. Furthermore, by introducing more sustainable and profitable livelihood options, deforestation as a result of charcoal burning activities for profit will be minimised.