FOREVALOR - Multi-country study on conversion of biomass forest residues in Africa

April 2020
April 2021
Project cost
42 000 USD
Role in the project
Coordination and Bio-energy expert


Burundi Benin Burkina Faso Central African Republic Côte d’Ivoire Cameroon Congo - Kinshasa Congo - Brazzaville Djibouti Gabon Equatorial Guinea Mali Senegal Chad Togo


Bioenergy Climate Forest


Timber Wood energy Organic waste

Main goals

Demand for energy wood (wood charcoal and firewood) in sub-Saharan countries is and has been a direct cause of deforestation and forest degradation. To get a clearer idea of which policies and actions shall be promoted in order to mitigate this challenge, and also how these could be structured and access climate finance, 15 African countries approached the CTCN (Climate Technology Center and Network) through their National Designated Entities (NDEs) for a technical assistance.

In order to address this challenge the CTCN has mandated C&E and S2 Services to conduct a multi-country technical assistance where the overarching goal is to identify the options for economical industrial conversion of forest waste through projects with a significant positive climatic and social impact. Nitidæ’s intervention is to supply a key assistance to the project leaders, by bringing about its experience in West African forest management and in appropriate biomass conversion technologies applied to every study case.

Specific objectives

For each country :
OS1. Characterise of the forest biomass supply chain, and identification of the main sources of forest residues.
OS2. Determine of the country’s energy requirements and the potential of the residual forest biomass to fill the demand.
OS3. Assess the availability of technologies for converting the identified biomass resources.
OS4. Assess the faisability and sustainability of the suggested bioenergy solutions.
OS5. Identify pilot projects.


Climate Technology Center and Network (CRTC)
Central Africa Forest Commission (COMIFAC)
National Designated Entity of the 15 participating countries


R1. Forest biomass supply chains are characterized (actors, volumes, geographical location)
R2. The energy potential of residual biomass is evaluated
R3. One pilot project for sustainable conversion of the residual biomass is selected per country
R4. The participant countries to the technical assistance and CTCN are engaged and informed throughout the technical assistance


A1. Development of implementation planning and communication documents.
A2. Identification of the source of forest residues in the forest supply chain. Identification of hot spots of wastes in the supply chain in order to map the sites where the greatest amount of waste is generated.
A3. Determine the requirements for and availability of technologies for converting the identified biomass resources. Bioenergy technologies to be selected must be specific for feasible solutions according to the specific context of each country
A4. Sustainability Assessment of the prospected solutions, based on an assessment of risks, costs and benefits on different factors (economic, social, environmental, policy)
A5. Selection and development of one pilot project per country
A6. Hold a final workshop to present the results of the study

Related people

Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste / Burkina

Julia Artigas Sancho

Process engineer and holder of a European MsC in Renewable energies, she works on energy-related issues in African industry, since 2016. Process optimization and agri-waste-to-energy systems are her main expertise areas: appropriate technologies, training on operation and maintenance, biofuels…

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Project Officer

Anthony Guhur

With a degree in "Environment, Earth, Change, Climate", specialised in "Rural Area & Environment" from the University of Bourgogne (co-accredited with AgroSup Dijon), he brings expertise in bioenergy & environmental projects and in project management

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Project Officer

Magloire Sacla Aïde

Design & Mechanical Engineer, specialised in "Energy and industrial technician in mechanical production" from the Ecole Polytechnique of Abomey Calavi (EPAC) in Benin, he brings his expertise in renewable energy including biomass energy recovery and industrial process

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Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste / Burkina-Faso

Hervé Abbo

Holder of a diploma in Energy Engineering and a master's degree in International Relations, he worked on improved stoves on behalf of organizations such as the Ministry of Energy and GIZ in Benin. Before joining the team, he worked as a Green Energy Project Manager (Recovery of biodegradable household waste into biofuels) for a Benin-French NGO