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International Workshop 'Bioenergy Policies for Sustainable Development in Africa'
Bamako, Mali
25 November 2008 - 26 November 2008

Acknowledgements: This international workshop is organised by Mali-Folkecenter and WIP Renewable Energies, Germany, in cooperation with the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), South Africa, in the framework of the project COMPETE, funded by the European Commission, DG Research.


Workshop Objectives

The main objective of this workshop is to contribute to the development of sound and successful bioenergy policies in Africa.

For this, it is necessary to share the findings of on-going policy initiatives in Africa and to discuss future developments with high-level decision-makers from Africa with the aim to promote the development of bioenergy policies in Africa.

Today, it is widely accepted that coherent bioenergy policies in Africa are urgently needed on national, regional and international level to:
  • Exploit the benefits of innovative bioenergy solutions with respect to sustainable rural development and improved livelihoods, increased energy access and income generation, alternative markets for agricultural products, security of energy supply, and diversification of energy sources.
  • Avoid the dangers of negative social and environmental implications, with regards to land competition, land ownership, insufficient value creation for local farmers, and the ‘fuel versus food' debate.
The COMPETE Project Objectives

The Competence Platform on Energy Crop and Agroforestry Systems for Arid and Semi-arid Ecosystems – Africa (COMPETE) will establish a platform for policy dialogue and capacity building and identify pathways for the sustainable provision of bioenergy
  • to improve the quality of life and create alternative means of income for the rural population in Africa
  • to aid the preservation of intact ecosystems in arid and semi-arid regions in Africa
  • to enhance the equitable exchange of knowledge between EU and developing countries
COMPETE Activities

COMPETE will deliver a matrix of multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral work-packages
  • to evaluate current and future potential for the sustainable provision of bioenergy in Africa in comparison to existing land use patterns and technologies
  • to facilitate South-South technology and information exchange capitalising the world-leading RD&D in bioenergy in the key countries Brazil, Mexico, India, China and Thailand
  • to develop innovative tools for the provision of financing for national bioenergy programmes and local bioenergy projects, including: carbon credits, bilateral and multi-lateral funding instruments, and the role of international trade
  • to develop practical, targeted and efficient policy mechanisms for the development of bioenergy systems that enhance local value-added, assist local communities and address gender inequalities
  • to establish the Competence Platform to ensure effective dissemination and knowledge exchange inside and outside the network
COMPETE Partnership

The COMPETE partnership comprises 20 European and 23 non-European partners - 11 partners from 7 African countries, 3 regional African policy and financing bodies (African Development Bank; Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network of Southern Africa; UEMOA - Biomass Energy Regional Program), 9 partners from Latin America and Asia - and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

COMPETE Website: www.compete-bioafrica.net.

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