The main objectives of the project is to create 10,500 green jobs (full time jobs for at least 6 months each year) through up-scaling 700 small sized charcoal enterprises which are expected to consume 87,500 tons of forest biomass as fire hazard to produce about 30,000 tons of bio- char from 14,000 hactor sustainably managed community and private forests which are accessible to road heads.

The project aims to reduce approximately 74,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions because of the increased use of bio char as an alternative to imported fissile fuels such as cooking gas, Kerosene and coal. The project will sustain the production and supply chain of bio-energy and strengthen capacities of actors of bio char sub-sector.

About 472 million Nepalese rupees (Euro 4.1 million) worth of local jobs will be generated over the project period. It is expected that at least 10 per cent cooking gas, kerosene and coal used in the targeted industries will be replaced by approximately 36,000 tons of bio char produced during project life and this percentage will be increased in and beyond project area gradually over time.

Implementation Strategy

The project will be of 4 years duration (from 1 January, 2014 to 31 December, 2017).  The main beneficiaries of the project are small sized bio-char producing enterprises, forest users and labours mainly from socially and economically disadvantaged people of 11 districts.