International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

Bamboo charcoal for energy and water purification in Ghana




Bamboo charcoal production for biomass energy and utilisation for water purification in Ghana

In Ghana, millions of tonnes of wood are consumed as fuel annually. Due to unsustainable harvesting of trees, the livelihood of forest resource-dependent communities is directly affected. Bamboo can provide a sustainable alternative for fuel. This project provided training on the production of charcoal from bamboo, and distributed energy-efficient stoves to make the use of charcoal more efficient. The project also explored the use of activated bamboo charcoal as a means to purify water and treat waste water.