NDF - Financing for climate change and development projects

Support to sustainable energy in Senegal

10.06.2010

The NDF Board approves a EUR 3 million grant for a project that will address problems with deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion, desertification and inefficiency in the household energy sector in Senegal.

Deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion, desertification and inefficiency in the household energy sector are among Senegal’s major challenges in mitigating climate change. Wood accounts for approximately 60 per cent of Senegal’s energy consumption, and the current use of wood-based energy is highly unsustainable.
The NDF Board has approved a EUR 3 million grant for a project that will address these problems by improving the management of local biomass resources and supporting the efficient use and diversification of household energy. The Government of Senegal has requested that NDF and the World Bank support PROGEDE II, the continuation of a previous successful intervention financed by the World Bank. The current second phase will be implemented over a period of six years and the total project costs amount to over EUR 11 million.
The overall objective is to increase the availability of diversified household fuels in a sustainable and gender-equitable way, and to increase the income of participating communities while preserving the forest ecosystems. The proposed NDF-financed activities will, for example, help to prevent forest fires, establish 20 forest nurseries and re-plant and protect degraded forest lands. The proposed activities will also support the production and marketing of efficient stoves, promote efficient charcoal production methods and promote new CO 2 neutral biomass energy sources.
Both supported areas—sustainable wood fuel supply and promotion and diversification of modern household energy—have a direct impact on greenhouse gas emissions. According to a climate screening, the CO 2 emission savings during the six-year project period are in the range of 3 million tons.
More information
Sustainable and Participatory Energy Management Project (PROGEDE II)