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SustainableEnergy in Mali

Working in Mali

SustainableEnergy has undertaken project activities addressing energy and natural resource management in Mali since 2008. Over 80 % of Malians depend on agriculture and fishing which, coupled with poor natural-resource management, confront a host of environmental challenges such as irregular rainfall, pests, flooding, drought, etc.

In Mali our strategic focus is on problems of deforestation and subsequent desertification in the area surrounding the capital Bamako.

Problems to be addressed

Deforestation is a consequence of urbanization because the increased demand for firewood in Bamako is not properly handled by the surrounding area – neither by the local population nor by local authorities.

More-unpredictable rainfall has increased the stress on food security in these areas, and the population seeks the opportunity offered by commercial woodcutting for an extra income.

Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection in Mali

SustainableEnergy’s activities in Mali are focused in the Koulikoro-region. The region surrounds the capital Bamako, which is the fastest-growing city in Africa.

Our work focuses on improving sustainable local natural-resource management by the communities and local authorities to mitigate environmental degradation caused by deforestation and climate change.


The strategy is based on the fundamental belief that popular participation and civil engagement in natural-resource management are keys in fostering sustainable conservation practices and development.

Central to the project are the creation of local environment and development plans in all the villages and the completion of workshops in participating communities in order to discuss their environment plans.

The project creates micro-projects that can replace the lost income from the wood-fuel trade. Micro-projects are co-financed by the villagers themselves, who also receive training.


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